The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and AHR has awarded Farid Abdulla with the RIBA AHR Stephen Williams Scholarship.
The £6,000 Scholarship was established in 2008 in memory of Stephen Williams, a past Director at AHR, and is offered to support one student for a period of postgraduate studies lasting up to 12 months in the UK or abroad.
The level of submission this year was extremely high and Farid’s dedication to his architectural studies and career shone through in his portfolio.
Farid completed his Part 1 at Westminster University and will continue his studies at The Manchester School of Architecture.
On receiving the scholarship, Farid Abdulla said:
“The path of an Architecture student is long and stressful, there’s no getting away from it. Add into the mix anything outside the archetypal student experience and you have very testing times. For many mature students taking that leap for a second time to do Part Two is a financial, logistical and emotional step too far.
What RIBA and AHR have done in awarding me the Stephen Williams Scholarship is remove many of the barriers which were preventing me continuing my educational journey towards becoming an architect. I wholeheartedly thank the panel members who chose me and applaud them for considering my entry holistically. This support is life changing and something I am very grateful for.”
AHR Director, Gary Overton, presented Farid with his scholarship alongside the judging panel; RIBA President Ben Derbyshire, Alex Scott-Whitby, Roy Khatchadouruan, Carol Williams, Nick Williams and Chloe Anderson.
Gary said: "It is really encouraging to see such high-quality submissions each year. Through his submission and portfolio, Farid demonstrated an impressive level of dedication and commitment to succeed in his ambition to be an architect. His work illustrated an interest in community and social projects executed with great skill and sensitivity. It is a real privilege to be able to award Farid with this year’s scholarship and to support him with mentoring as he completes his studies at The Manchester School of Architecture."