Umi Baden-Powell awarded 2015 RIBA McAslan Bursary

The winner of the 2015 RIBA McAslan Bursary is Umi Baden-Powell, who has worked as a design assistant at dRMM.

Baden-Powell, a Slade fine art graduate and maker who is currently doing an MArch at the Royal College of Art, will receive £5,000 for her project, “The Zero-Point House: A machine for living in the age of housing and environmental crises; a cross-cultural solution to housing shortages and rising sea-levels”.

She will use the bursary to research floating architecture in the Netherlands and Nigeria in order to produce guidance for specific and sustainable floating architecture solutions in the UK. She hopes this will be the beginning of a much larger project, culminating in a prototype house.

Baden-Powell, whose great great uncle founded the Scouts, worked with dRMM on its winning entry in the NLA’s New Ideas for Housing competition.

The bursary jury also highly commended Clementine Blakemore for “Project Lacy Green – Phase Two” and Christopher Bradley and Tom Cole for “5sqm of desire: (Designing for a socio- and bio-climatic sustainability understanding of the balcony typology)”. They will each be awarded £2,500.

See attached pdf files to read the winning submissions.

The bursary is run in association with the RIBA, John McAslan & Partners and the Environment Agency.

The judging panel included architects Asif Khan, John McAslan and Georgina Ward.

McAslan said: “The judging panel was hugely impressed by the variety and ingenuity of this year’s submissions. Umi Baden-Powell’s winning entry responds directly to the challenge of climate change and her approach and proposed methodology has real vision. We look forward to working with Umi and with the two runners-up, Clementine Blakemore, and Tom Cole / Christopher Bradley, over the coming year. It will be fascinating to watch their respective projects evolve.”

RIBA president Jane Duncan said: “The potential for these projects to have a real and lasting impact on the future of sustainable design cannot be underestimated.”