21 February 2013

MarchD students win Assael Bursary

Winning students Lucy Ottewell and Katie Shute.

Winning students Lucy Ottewell and Katie Shute

This year the Assael Bursary was won by MArchD students Lucy Ottewell and Katie Shute.

Lucy is studying Architecture and Sustainable Buildings Performance Design, and Katie is studying Architecture with Development and Emergency Practice. They applied for the bursary together as they felt “collaborative working is a better reflection of architectural practice”.

The Assael Bursary was established by John Assael with the intended purpose of promoting research which could benefit the practice of architecture. It also provides financial support to students whilst studying at Oxford Brookes University’s School of Architecture. The committee awards one or two bursaries amounting to a total value of £1,500 to the projects which engages with one or more of the prescribed areas; Design and Management of the Public Domain in the UK, Integration of Private and Affordable Housing in the UK, System Building and Pod Designs for Apartment Buildings in the UK, and Impact of Amenity Groups in the UK Planning Process.

To win the bursary Lucy and Katie wrote an outline of their proposed research, and attended an interview with John Assael and a panel of tutors from the School of Architecture. They plan to research the integration of private and affordable housing. Using Bromley-by-Bow as a case study; they will research whether or not a mixed tenure approach could have a positive social and economic impact on all residents and tenures, and the resultant integration of ethnicity, religion, income band and culture. The purpose of the research is to establish whether mixed tenure can result in a ‘Sustainable Mixed Community’.

Lucy said, “We are very excited about winning the bursary and look forward to commencing the research. We feel that this is a great opportunity to integrate our academic studies with professional practice, and hope to contribute towards the current dialogue on the integration between private and affordable housing”.

Lucy and Katie will use the bursary to complete primary research; travelling to case studies and interviews, and investing in important resources which will be used in interviews and community consultations.