Thomas Aquilina of Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture is the winner of the 2012 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship.
Thomas will be granted £6,000 to develop his proposal, ‘Material Economies: recycling practices in informal settlements along African longitude 30 degrees E’ , which takes the scholarship’s theme of resources and addresses recycling in informal African settlements.
Lord Foster who chaired the deciding jury said:
"Once again, I have been impressed by the quality of all the entries. The standard was high, but the winning proposal stood out for its systematic analysis of a relevant issue. It is a serious, well thought through proposal and shows a sympathetic awareness of the social issues within self-built communities. Thomas has already been based in Nairobi, and understands some of the hardship he will encounter on his journey. Though difficult, this ‘once in a lifetime’ travel opportunity is very much in the spirit of the scholarship and I am pleased that we are able to support him.”
This article was published on Sep 7, 2012