Recent Graduate Wins RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship
Recent MArch Archictecture Graduate Simon Feather has been announced as a joint winner of this year's RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship.
The Scholarship provides architecture students with funds to be able to undertake an international research project. Simon's project, 'Re-Foresting: Strategies for Production within our Forests' is an investigation into how future timber planting can be put to its most effective use to offset the climate crisis. It will allow Simon to explore emerging timber industries across South Asia and those which are well established throughout Scandinavia. Simon's research will be applied to the UK setting to help define future tree species and how they can be used within construction.
The project ‘Re-foresting’ has emerged out of the climate crisis. It is a set of nine productive model villages located along the M62, and within the ‘Northern Forest’. Each village uses the environmental conditions associated with their unique location to grow a different selection of tree species. The harvested materials are used to manufacture the villages’ future timber buildings.’ The project aims to promote the use of locally grown timber and revitalise the UK's timber industry.
Speaking about the project Simon has said, 'my proposal aims to research established and emerging timber industries in order to develop a comprehensive planting strategy for the UK. The strategy will look to achieve a broader range of economic, social and environmental objectives than those currently implemented. I am really excited to be able to continue researching timber production and present alternative timber species for future timber architecture. It's great to have my research supported and recognised by the RIBA. It offers the opportunity to have my findings circulated across the architecture profession; hopefully it can bring about positive change.’
Simon's research hopes to build upon his success whilst studying architecture at Leeds Beckett University. His final MArch design project was awarded a Royal Society of Arts Award and received two honourable mentions within international architecture competitions.