John McAslan + Partners has committed to fund the RIBA/ICE Bursary for a further five-year period. Set up in 2004 between the practice, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the bursary aims to support architectural and engineering students, graduates and newly qualified architects and engineers committed to the progress of environmental and community issues in the UK or abroad. This year, the whitbybird foundation is joining John McAslan + Partners (JMP) in committing £50,000 each over the next five years.
The new agreement also accompanies an important new development in the bursary. To date, students and recent graduates who apply for bursary funding have researched and proposed their own projects. Applicants will still be able do this, however, they will also be able to select from a shortlist of projects facilitated by the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) – established by former US President Bill Clinton in 2004. In 2005, President Clinton established CGI to turn ideas into action and to help our world move beyond the current state of globalisation to a more integrated global community of shared benefits, shared responsibilities, and shared values.
“The Clinton Global Initiative is about solving the world’s pressing problems through sustainable business practices,” said Bob Harrison, CEO of the Clinton Global Initiative. “CGI is delighted to participate in the RIBA/ICE Bursary projects which will benefit communities in need and promote conservation.”
John McAslan, chairman of John McAslan + Partners, said: “Architecture and construction may be going through challenging times, but we feel it is vitally important that those of us who are in a position to, can use our expertise for good. The RIBA/ICE Bursary partnership with the CGI will provide valuable experience for winners of the bursary, whose fresh ideas we hope will help to solve some of the challenges communities around the world are facing. I’m also delighted to be able to welcome our new funding partner, the whitbybird foundation whose commitment and expertise will be invaluable.”