ADAM Architecture Travel Scholarship

The award, increased this year to £2,000, supports overseas research in architecture, architectural technology and urban design. The closing date was 30th April 2018.

Judges look for a significant piece of original research work, and an outstanding contribution to architectural knowledge. The award is not focused on traditional architecture and the judges are stylistically neutral in their evaluation of the proposals. The scholarship is open to students enrolled at a UK or International University or School of Architecture, studying RIBA Part I and up to 3 years after Part II qualification, studying a CIAT accredited degree or post-graduate course, or equivalent qualification.

Speaking about the Scholarship, ADAM Architecture Director Robbie Kerr, a former Travel Scholarship winner himself, commented, “The Travel Scholarship is a great opportunity for a student or recent graduate to travel abroad to engage in international research in architecture or urban design. It has a proven track record of supporting students to pursue a particular interest, and in many cases their research has had a major influence on their career choices.”

Jamie Hignett announced as 2018 Travel Scholarship winner:

This year the ADAM Architecture Travel Scholarship has been awarded to Jamie Hignett, a recent graduate from The London School of Architecture. Jamie will travel to Paris, Marseilles and Algiers later this year to study the large urban developments of Pouillon as well as buildings that had a large influence on his work such as the reconstruction of Le Havre and Le Thoronet Abbey.

Commenting on being awarded the Travel Scholarship, Jamie said, “this is an exciting opportunity to continue the design led research I began at the London School of Architecture. I hope to add to the small canon of research on Pouillon in the English language and help disseminate his methodology of architecture as urbanism."



Previous Travel Scholarship winners:

James Hills, 2017 winner

James Hills studied the Villa Suburbana and the Garden, from Florence, Siena and down to Rome, looking at the work of the Renaissance architect Baldassare Peruzzi. James recorded seven relatively unknown villas in the rural surroundings of Siena and used the architect’s work to trace and compare the evolution of the Villa Suburbana and the Garden, exploring the connections between the villa, the landscape and the city.


Sam Little, 2016 winner

Sam Little travelled to Iran 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 included 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.

Tarn Philipp, 2015 winner

Tarn Philipp, a third year student at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University studying Architecture, 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 studied and recorded the craftsmanship of these carved structures, including the non-structural columns, brackets, arches and roof beams.

Jingwen Zhao, 2014 winner

Jingwen carried out an urban study of Traditional Chinese Water-towns. She visited six water-towns in the Jiangnan area of China including Luzhi, Tongli, Zhouzhuang, Xitang, Nanxun and Wuzhen. Her study focused on the space along the main canals in each town.


Chiara Hall, 2013 winner

Chiara Hall 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, 2012 winner

Nicholas Thompson 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.


Evan Oxland, 2010 winner

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, 2008 winner

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.
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Emily Penn, 2007 joint winner

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.
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Paige Johnson, 2007 joint winner

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.
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