RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship 2014

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is now calling for applications for the RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship 2014. The scholarship aims to support applicants in their personal, professional and academic development within the architectural field by providing them with an opportunity to undergo a period of imaginative and original research and travel.

In 2014, one Scholarship worth £5,000 is available to individuals or groups of students and graduates for a period of international travel (which can also tie in with a period of international work experience). Applications for funding international travel associated with architecture-related work in non-governmental organisations or as part of broader research at postgraduate level (namely towards Masters or PhD/MPhil programmes) are also welcome.
The Scholarship was established in 2008 in memory of Boyd Auger, following a generous donation from his widow, Mrs Margot Auger. Since then, it has funded 9 architecture students and graduates to travel outside the United Kingdom to work or conduct research on topics and in locations of their choice.
The deadline to apply is Monday 2 June 2014. For more information, visit www.architecture.com/RIBABoydAugerScholarship
Students should contact Hayley Russell (hayley.russell@riba.org 020 7307 3678) for help with their applications.

2014 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship

The RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship has now been launched and is open for applications. A £6,000 grant will be awarded to one student to fund international research on a topic related to the survival of towns or cities. The deadline for submissions is Friday 25 April 2014. Entries will be judged by a panel which includes Lord Foster and RIBA President, Stephen Hodder.

Eligible students must:

  • be enrolled in an RIBA or CAA validated degree programme or in a programme from a specially invited school or architecture centre AND
  • have successfully completed at least the first year of a Part 1 degree.

Each school can only submit one application produced by one student.

For more information, check out the following website.

RIBA Hardship Funds 2013-2014

Hayley Russell, Education Projects Coordinator has provided us with the following information to share to you all:

RIBA are now accepting applications to the RIBA Student Hardship Funds for the 2013/14 academic year. Any architecture student (either studying or undertaking practical experience) in hardship or who needs extra financial support, and meets the eligibility criteria, can apply.  Any grant allocated from the RIBA Student Hardship Funds will be allocated from the RIBA Education Fund and the RIBA Walter Parker Bursaries, but for the 2013/14 academic year, the application forms have been merged to make the process easier.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants should be able to prove that they are in financial hardship when applying to the RIBA Student Hardship Funds. The assessors are particularly looking to support students from low income households or where circumstances beyond their control have meant that they are struggling financially.
  • The RIBA Student Hardship Funds are open to students studying an RIBA-validated Part 1 or Part 2 architecture course, or with RIBA candidate status, in the UK.
  • Applicants should have successfully completed the first year of an RIBA-validated Part 1 course in the UK.
  • The student must have been resident in the UK full-time for at least 3 years prior to the start of their first course in architecture.

Grants can be awarded to students while studying or while undertaking or seeking practical experience. To view case studies of previous recipients, please click here.

Application forms and guidance notes can be found at www.architecture.com/hardshipfunds. Last year RIBA allocated over £100,000 from these hardship funds to nearly 100 students across the UK. For more information, please contact hayley.russell@riba.org.


2013 Degree Show listings

It’s that time of year again.

The burnt out haze that directly follows the intense week or two before final presentations and portfolio submissions is making studios up and down the country fuggy as we reprint, trim and label our drawings for our respective degree shows.


Thankfully, to save us too much extra effort in our search for inspiration from or comparison to our peers across the country, James Benedict Brown (lecturer at NUA) has complied a list of all the show dates on his otherwise interesting blog.

You can find it here.


It seems that only Cardiff is missing from the list, so if anyone there has info on dates or location, do get in touch.

Open for Nominations: #TheASNTwitter50

While the #BDTwitter100 is good, and serves its purpose well, it is generally geared towards the wider industry, and pays only lip-service to students and our needs.

That is why we’ve opened nominations for the 2013 #TheASNTwitter50. Nominate those users you enjoy (dis)agreeing with, find useful during your professional experience or are talking about the issues that concern you the most. These could be architects, students, construction professionals or even your local community group who have supported you through your education.

Send your nominations to @the_ASN using #TheASNTwitter50 by midnight on Friday 29th March (Good Friday), with the aim to have results out by the end of the long weekend. We’ll also compile the top 50 into an easy to follow list.

We’ll try and be as un-subjective as possible, but we’ll try to group them into common themes as they emerge, for example: users talking about part 3 issues, offering technical tutorials or advice, architectural technicians, coders, educators, et cetera.

DE Magazine have kindly offered a year subscription to the users in the overall Top 10.


RIBA Hardship Funds

Hayley Russell, Education Projects Coordinator has provided us with the following information to share to you all. Remember if you are in need, there are funds available so do get in touch with the RIBA.

As you near the middle of the academic year, we know that you might be starting to struggle financially. Don’t forget that the RIBA Education Fund is available throughout the year for students who are suffering financial hardship. Each year the RIBA Education Fund aims to support applicants experiencing hardship that might curtail the fulfilment of their ambition of becoming an architect. The fund works to ensure that opportunities are given to talented students from the widest cross section of society. In the 2011-12 academic year, just under £70,000 was awarded to 84 students enrolled in schools of architecture across the UK on the grounds of financial hardship. Alternatively, the RIBA Walter Parker Bursaries may be appropriate if you are undertaking professional experience. For more information on either please contact hayley.russell@riba.org.

May meeting, Birmingham


Due to the location and number of those who reponded to the original post and mail, the meeting tomorrow has been switched to the Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, London from 6pm, Wednesday 30th.

This is far from ideal, and I apologise if anyone was going to turn up tomorrow at Birmingham. Please make yourself known!

If anybody in the capital or South East would like to drop by, please do,  see you tomorrow!


The next working group meeting will happen from 2pm on May 30th, with the assistance of Birmingham Institute of Art + Design, BCU.

As well as the general agenda, this meeting will take a focus looking forward to the ASN involvement with this years London Festival of Architecture.

Anyone with any items to add to the agenda should email Alex Maxwell no later than 5pm on Tuesday, May 29th.

It’s hoped that representatives from all Schools of Architecture will be able to attend, and it’s asked that attendees send a quick RSVP to Alex.

The meeting will take place in Central Birmingham, at the Urban Coffee Emporium, Church St, a short walk from Birmingham Snow Hill and Birmingham New Street stations for those not in Birmingham – gMaps