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Announcing Nuala as our 2023 RIBA AHR Scholarship recipient

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by AHR


We’re delighted to announce that Nuala Moya Durkin is the recipient of the 2023 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) AHR Scholarship.

Following an exciting judging period which took place in August, Nuala was chosen as the winning recipient of the RIBA AHR Scholarship. The scholarship supports students from low-income households with a four-week paid work placement, mentoring and £6,000 to assist them with course and living costs throughout their Part II studies, which Nuala will begin in September at university.

The judging panel included:

  • Dr Jenny Russell, Director of Education and Learning at RIBA
  • Maryam Al-Irhayim, Architectural Assistant at Foster + Partners; Vice President for Students and Associates on RIBA Council; member of the RIBA Education Development Group
  • Roy Khatchadouria, Founder/Architect at STUDIO ARKAY; Design Tutor at Loughborough University; member of the RIBA Education Development Group
  • Gary Overton, Director and Head of Education at AHR
  • Manisa Mistry, Associate Director at AHR

As passionate supporters of equal rights to education and as part of our commitment to support inclusivity in the profession, we have been running the RIBA AHR Scholarship programme since 2008.

I am incredibly thankful to RIBA and AHR for selecting me as the recipient of this year’s award. The scholarship will be invaluable over the next two years for my personal and professional development.

I am excited for what the next two years hold and look forward to seeing how my connection with AHR and practice can positively affect the research and design work I complete in Cambridge.”

Nuala Moya Durkin

2023 RIBA AHR Scholarship recipient

Achieving social value is part of our wider focus on sustainability

We create social value in many ways – through our projects, external activities, partnerships, and our role as an employer. A key example of how we fulfill this commitment is by fostering opportunities for disadvantaged groups and creating inclusive communities. The role we play in the scholarship is underpinned by our three key social value objectives:

  • We champion a fair right to education for all
    Our commitment lies in offering improved opportunities to students who may face challenges in covering the costs of the Part II course in the form of a £6,000 grant to go towards their studies as well as a four-week paid work placement at one of our offices.
  • We foster inclusive, accessible communities
    The aim of the scholarship is to address a perceived lack of inclusivity at the Part II stage of architecture. We enjoy working with people from all cultures and backgrounds who have demonstrated a commitment to their studies and to the profession.
  • We support improved health and wellbeing
    Just as sustainability is a fundamental part of the built environment, we believe so too is the concept of wellness. The scholarship offers professional mentorship, support from colleagues, access to valuable technical resources for learning and growth as well as the invaluable experience of contributing to a live practice environment.

I take great pride in overseeing the RIBA AHR Scholarship, a program that not only offers financial support but also paid work experience and invaluable mentorship.

I’m really looking forward to welcoming Nuala to the practice, working with her and supporting her passion as an aspiring architect.”

Gary Overton

Director, Architecture

We look forward to sharing updates of Nuala’s progress with us. Stay up to date with the journey as well as other practice news by following our LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

If you’re interested in learning more about the scholarship, you can read about Reem, our 2022 RIBA AHR scholar and how she found the experience here.

Posted on:

Sept 14th 2023


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