The annual ADAM Architecture Travel Scholarship offers an opportunity for an architecture student to experience and develop a greater understanding of architecture and urban design.
Entries have now closed for the 2016 Travel Scholarship.
Travel Scholarship winner 2016
ADAM Architecture's 2016 Travel Scholarship has been awarded to Sam Little, currently a student at The Royal Drawing School, having previously completed his RIBA Part 1 in Architecture at Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University.
Sam will travel to Iran at the beginning of next year to study a number of the Seljuk towers and minarets that remain standing throughout various provinces of central Iran. These minarets were built by the Seljuk Empire in the 11th and 12th Centuries AD, a volatile time in religious and sectarian history, for cultural, political and infrastructural purposes. Spanning an expanse from India to Anatolia, they marked out key points in the landscape on the Silk Road between east and west, a role they still occupy today. Sam’s study of the minarets will include investigating the specificity to their site, individual traits and characteristics, their imaginative use of brickwork and construction. Also looking at how over time they have supported, cohered and informed the nature of buildings and people around them.
Travel Scholarship winner 2015
In 2015 the ADAM Architecture Student Travel Scholarship was been awarded to Tarn Philipp, third year student at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University studying Architecture. Tarn was selected after an interview with the judges – Jonathan Taylor, Undergraduate Design Studio Tutor at Kingston University and co-partner of architecture practice Timothy Smith & Jonathan Taylor; David Birch, noted British ceramicist and Managing Director of The London Pottery Co Ltd; along with Nigel Anderson and George Saumarez Smith, Directors at ADAM Architecture – from four shortlisted applicants.
Tarn travelled to Ethiopia to study the Rock-hewn churches, visiting the more remote churches in the Tigray province. The rock-hewn churches are located on flat topped mountains, in existing caves or in cliff faces. Some of the churches are simple, resembling a natural opening rather than a church; while other display a high level of sophistication and are entirely cut from the rock. The rock-hewn churches immortalise the architecture of built examples which have since been destroyed. Tarn will study and record the craftsmanship of these carved structures, including the non-structural columns, brackets, arches and roof beams.
Commenting on Tarn’s research proposal, George Saumarez Smith, ADAM Architecture Director said; “We were very pleased to have had a record number of entries this year and our Travel Scholarship continues to attract a wide range of applications. We were particularly impressed with our four shortlisted entries but Tarn stood out as a worthy winner.”
Jingwen Zhao has been awarded ADAM Urbanism's Student Travel Scholarship 2014.
Jingwen is undertaking an urban study of Traditional Chinese Water-towns. She will visit six water-towns in the Jiangnan area of China including Luzhi, Tongli, Zhouzhuang, Xitang, Nanxun and Wuzhen. Her study will mainly focus on the space along the main canals in each town. Her research will be published at an event later this year.
ADAM URBANISM STUDENT TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP 2014 CALLED FOR ENTRIES RELATING TO INTERNATIONAL URBAN DESIGN
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP: The scholarship is open to applications from undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at a UK or International RIBA-accredited school of architecture, from Part I up to 3 years after Part II, or equivalent qualification. Now in its ninth year, the student travel scholarship has a successful track record of supporting students to engage in international research in architecture and urban design.
Chiara Hall was awarded ADAM Architecture's student travel scholarship in 2013.
Chiara travelled to Sicily to study The Human Figure as Architectural Support . Her interest in the human figure as structural support in architecture arose during her studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture. The travel scholarship theme 'Interpretations of Classicism' started her thinking about the roots of classicism in Greek antiquity and the importance of the human figure in creating balance, proportion and symmetry in architecture. Thinking beyond Greece, Sicily came to mind. It had been a very important location in the Greek world. Memories of fantastic Baroque stone carvings in human form from a previous trip some years before had clearly struck a chord within her and came back to the surface.
Nicholas Thompson was awarded ADAM Architecture's Travel Scholarship for 2012.
He travelled to Malta to study the evolution of Baroque planning and architecture in the town of Valletta. With its abundance of honey-coloured Maltese limestone and unique Baroque town plan, Valletta is well known for possessing a singular harmony of design. In particular Nicholas plans to investigate how building materials – including a rich legacy of carved stone – and design intersect to contribute to sense of place. As part of this research Nicholas plans to bring a piece of Maltese stone back to London to undertake a relief stone carving of a Baroque ornament copied from a building in Valletta.
Nicholas is currently studying Historic Architectural Stone Carving at the City & Guilds of London Art School, having previously obtained an MA in History and an MSc in Town Planning in his home country of Canada.
Evan Oxland travelled to Japan to research the history and vernacular techniques and traditions of Anoh dry stone masons. He consulted and worked with the Awata family who are possibly the worlds remaining practitioners of monumental dry stone walls. The Anoh style has been used for hundreds of years to create structures like castle walls and are both structural and earthquake resistant. Evan holds a degree from the College of the Humanities at Carleton University in Canada and is finishing a Masters in Garden History at the University of Bristol.
Robbie Kerr travelled to Cuba to research the 'Metamorphosis of Cuban Architecture; development, decay and opportunity'. Robbie's time was spent studying Havana's wide range of buildings from the gritty suburbs of Marianao to the crumbling masterpieces of Centro Habana.
Joint Winner 2007
Emily Penn traveled across Asia by train from St. Petersburg to Shanghai, via Moscow, Ulaanbaatar and Beijing. Her aim was to compare the environmental aspects of tradition vernacular architecture with the new sustainable architecture to provide ideas for the architecture of the future.
Joint Winner 2007
Paige Johnson's search for the Art Deco landscape took her to France, Belgium and across England. Her research revealed the existence of this little known landscape style and its importance as a vibrant and influential part of culture and design in the early-twentieth century.