The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), John McAslan + Partners, and the Environment Agency announced the launch of the 2015 RIBA McAslan Bursary on June 1st 2015. 

Funded by a contribution of £10,000 from the Environment Agency, 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.

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.
— John McAslan

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).

The deadline for applications is Thursday 1 October 2015.

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