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Asif Khan joins the judging panel for RIBA McAslan Bursary 2015

Don't miss the deadline: 9AM on Thursday 1 October 2015!

Funded by a contribution of £10,000 from the Environment Agency this year, the 2015 bursary scheme will support an individual or team of architecture and engineering students, graduates and newly qualified architects and engineers to develop and realise a design research project.

Projects will be expected to demonstrate progress towards a sustainable solution that improves the physical environment for communities and tackles the challenges posed by climate change or weather extremes. Applicants are welcome to apply for grants of up to £5,000 to support their project.

The Government Chief Construction Adviser will support the Bursary scheme as an advisor; the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) will continue as partners.

The judging panel comprises Jo Ashbridge (AzuKo), David Balmforth (ICE), Sir Phillip Dilley (Environment Agency), Peter Hansford  (BIS), John McAslan (John McAslan + Partners), and John Waldron (RIBA Education Trust Funds Committee).

Past Bursary recipient Asif Khan has been confirmed to be part of the judgeing panel this year.

For more information and to apply, visit RIBA website.


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John McAslan, Executive Chairman, John McAslan + Partners, said:

“Now in its 10th year, the bursary has to date supported 16 diverse projects in far-flung corners of the world – from India and Thailand to Senegal and Rwanda, as well as across the UK. The Bursary offers architecture and engineering students and graduates a remarkable opportunity to develop innovative projects. In previous years, the Bursary has cultivated positive and real change for the environment and communities involved. This is essentially a collaborative process – the idea is that our knowledge and experience will help support the realisation of the winning project(s). This year we are delighted to be working with the Environment Agency as partners.”

Asif Khan, previous Bursary winner, said:

“Julia King and I applied for the RIBA McAslan Bursary in 2006 while in our final year of diploma at the AA. The funding and support enabled us to plan and undertake a series of challenging field trips to the Thai-Burma border to document long-term refugee camps and then to research and develop prototype housing in-situ with local carpenters. While being at the heart of our academic project, the bursary also created a level of professional accountability for our work due to the multiple stakeholders involved, introduced us to controlling budgets, interdisciplinary collaboration and communicating ideas to other professionals."

Julia King, previous Bursary winner, said:

“The bursary, for me personally, enabled that transition from education into practice. It is a unique opportunity to fund action based research rooted in real contexts with guidance and support from a range of top level professionals.”

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