The Institute of Building’s charitable trust has opened 2 $10,000 scholarships up for applications in the second year they’ve been offered.
Trust chair Gina Jones said the scholarships were first to recognise, encourage & financially support recipients from a trade, technical or professional role who are proposing to pursue a project linked to building through research, practice or professional development.
“These scholarships were established to encourage aspirational thinking that has the potential to increase the building industry’s performance, and we are particularly interested in applications from those in industry & training who have a project that will introduce improvements to the industry.
“We’re looking for applicants with a project that has the potential to advance some aspect of design, construction or management of buildings in New Zealand, and thereby enhance the quality of our built environment.”
A panel of 3 of the institute’s past presidents will choose the recipients. Entries close on 30 June and the winners will be announced at the institute’s awards on Friday 24 August.
The inaugural scholarship recipients were Gerard (Ged) Finch, a post-graduate student from the School of Architecture & Design at Victoria University of Wellington, and Professor Robyn Phipps from Massey University, Auckland.
Mr Finch said the scholarship transformed his research into the potential for prefabricated construction to eliminate building & construction waste, attracting interest from both academic & industry bodies: “Winning this scholarship was a vital step & huge motivator to push the research to the next stage and has literally changed my career path.”
The trust has a fundraising programme aimed at paying the scholarships from earnings rather than from capital, based on standout events. The trust has organised a fundraising luncheon with Sir John Kirwan on Friday 15 June, the day before the All Blacks play France at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
Link: NZIOB Trust awards
Attribution: Institute release.