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Nicola Antaki Wins RIBA ICE McAslan Bursary 2012
Nicola Antaki's 'Healthier Learning Spaces for Municipal Schools in Mumbai' is the winner of the RIBA ICE McAslan Bursary 2012.  The project aims to deliver an ingenious school design project in India. The annual bursary is administered by the RIBA and funded by John McAslan + Partners to support environmental and community projects in the UK and abroad.
The first project to be supported through Nicola's bursary will be the development of a roof garden at Lovegrove School in Mumbai, which aims to look at how architecture can affect the education and benefits of primary school children including improved literacy, child health, school attendance, teaching resources and achievement.
The £7,500 prize will help to further develop the scheme enabling the production of 1:1 prototypes of designs for spaces that will help children to concentrate, learn and play.
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'The submissions for this year’s RIBA ICE McAslan Bursary have been very impressive. The winning entry, ‘Healthier Learning Spaces for Municipal Schools in Mumbai’ by Nicola Antaki stood out due to its breadth of vision and ingenuity, tackling important social, cultural and environmental issues in a major global city. As in previous years, the practice will offer close mentoring support to the project team and looks forward to seeing this significant project take shape.'

John McAslan, Chairman, John McAslan + Partners

'The RIBA ICE McAslan Bursary annually supports highly important work and this year is no exception. Nicola’s dedicated work and ambition is to be highly admired. We are delighted to support her socially responsive and responsible approach to architecture.'

Angela Brady, President, RIBA

'Having been a university lecturer for many years, I recognise just how important the learning environment is and the difference it can make to a student’s attitude, focus and overall education. Nicola’s vision is inspirational and a worthy recipient of the Bursary. Hopefully it will help her to progress the project and convince others of its benefits.'

Professor Barry Clarke, President, ICE

Nicola Antaki studied Architecture at Oxford Brookes and at the Royal College of Art (RCA). After graduating from the RCA, she worked for a number of years at Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture, designing sustainable schools and nurseries and completed her Part 3 RIBA professional certificate at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Nicola has been working on a research project in Mumbai, India since February 2011, looking at how architecture can affect learning outcomes in primary school children. The focus of this project is on healthy environments for children who live in informal settlements.  Nicola started a PhD course on the subject in 2012.

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