Research Success

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 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.

Simon 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.


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