Adventurous pair selected for this year’s Student Travel Awards

Travel awards will take students to Mexico and the Philippines

The Landscape Institute has selected two recipients of the Student Travel Award 2016.

Rebecca Huggins and Charles Lamb will each be offered an award of £750 this year to travel to Mexico and the Philippines respectively. There were also two runners up, Ruth Chittock from Kingston University and Emma Henderson from University of Edinburgh, who submitted extremely interesting proposals. 

Both of those receiving the awards are students at the University of Sheffield. 

Original proposals
The  award supports and develops future professionals in landscape architecture, giving landscape students the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world to develop their knowledge on a specific landscape topic which interests them. Students are asked to come up with an original, well researched and achievable proposal, outlining the topic they want to learn about and where they wish to travel to.

This award is from a fund set up in memory of David Ashmore, Adrian Brunswick and Michael Norton, three landscape architects who were tragically killed in an air crash at Biggin Hill on 13 January 1979. A legacy was added to the fund on the death of Mary Mitchell in December 1988.

Extremely impressed
The judging panel, formed of representatives from the LI’s education and membership committee, was extremely impressed with the submission this year.

 Eleanor Hacon, one of the judges, said, 'The quality and range of proposals was impressive, with a broad range of interesting topics from current social and political issues through to science, landscape theory and art. This is an excellent representation of the breadth of our profession and it we encouraging to see such a wide range of interests embedded within the next generation of landscape architects. '

Tourism and water management
Clare Penny, also on the judging panel, said, 'This year we received a record amount of entries to the Student Travel Awards, and the standard, as always, was incredibly high.  Rebecca’s visit will involve trips to see how sustainable tourism is benefitting local people and their environment at the Sierra Gorda Biosphere, whilst Charles aims to see how sustainable water management practices in the Philippines could be applied back here in the UK.

The judges were impressed by how much research Rebecca and Charles had already undertaken into the issues of sustainable tourism and water management, and into the destinations they will visit. The judges also felt that in addition to benefitting personally from their travels, Rebecca and Charles would be able to bring back important knowledge for landscape architecture in the UK.'

Charles Lamb said, 'I intend to research indigenous forms of stormwater management that are used in various parts of the country, with a particular focus on the rice terrace system and associated up-stream management. I am very much looking forward to exploring the country and the landscape, and am very grateful to the Landscape Institute for providing the opportunity to do so.'

Rebecca Huggins said, 'I hope to draw inspiration from their Sustainable Tourism Conservation Strategy, which has been instrumental in restoring and protecting the area’s once fragile ecosystem.'

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