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Former University of Westminster Architecture student to speak at the RIBA

Architecture and Interiors 20 February 2015

Piotr Garstecki, a former Master of Architecture (MArch) student at the University of Westminster, and 2013 recipient of the inaugural RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarships will be speaking at the RIBA on Tuesday 3 March.

Piotr will be giving a talk about his work and experiences, highlighting how the scholarship helped him throughout his Part 2 studies.

The RIBA Insurance Association Scholarships were established in March 2013 following a donation by The Wren Insurance Association Limited, the architects’ professional indemnity mutual that currently comprises 56 of the UK’s leading architectural practices. The scholarships aim to support outstanding Part 2 students who have the potential to make a significant contribution in the field of architecture.

“Receiving the Scholarship means more than just financial support. Appreciation of my portfolio by such respectable professionals as those from the Wren Insurance Association and the RIBA Education Trust Funds Committee excelled my belief in myself and encouraged me to work even harder. Because the Wren Insurance Association gathers many influential architects in the UK, becoming part of that community is something I value significantly. One aspect of this is the mentoring scheme. I believe that being part of the Wren and RIBA communities will enhance my professional journey and make it even more fascinating” says Piotr.

Students interested in applying for the 2015 scholarships may benefit greatly from attending the free talk in which scholar Piotr will be speaking. Piotr will provide a brief insight into his own work that uses ‘Imprint’, a design and construction process developed as part of a chance operation technique for design exploration. The process involves casting building components directly out of an existing site in a sequence dictated by a random string of numbers.

Five scholarships worth £5,000 each are available for the 2015/16 application cycle. To be eligible to apply students must be enrolled in a RIBA-validated Part 2 professional qualification course in the UK, and will be starting the final year in September 2015.

Although the event is free, booking is essential, and those wishing to attend will find more information on the website.

More information on the scholarships is available on the RIBA website.

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