The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and AHR Architects Ltd have today (24 July) announced Jonathan Connerney as the 2015/16 beneficiary of the highly coveted RIBA AHR Stephen Williams Scholarship. The scholarship will offer Jonathan personal academic mentoring by a member of staff at AHR and a £5,000 grant towards his studies.

Jonathan Connerney completed his Part 1 at Queen’s University Belfast, and is currently working at Foster + Partners, and will be starting his March (RIBA Part 2) in September 2015 at Queen’s University Belfast. Jonathan is an accomplished designer with a sensitive feel for place making, tectonics and materiality.

The judging panel consisted of Albena Atanassova (RIBA Education Committee), Stephen Hodder (RIBA President), Brian Johnson (Director, AHR Architects Ltd), Caroline Gould (Education Trust Funds Committee), David Simister (Creative Director, AHR Architects Ltd), Nick & Landyn Williams (representing the Williams family).

RIBA President Stephen Hodder said:

“The overall quality of applications to the 2015 RIBA AHR Stephen Williams Scholarship should be commended. It was encouraging to see that all applications considered the role of the architect in the wider context of the society in which they were working. Jonathan’s application stood out as his strong academic track record, alongside a very sophisticated portfolio, illustrated mature and sensitive exploration of projects and a high level of drawing skills. I am delighted that we are able to support him in his Part 2 studies through the generosity of AHR.”

Director of AHR, Brian Johnson said:

“Jonathan becomes the eighth recipient of RIBA AHR Stephen Williams scholarship, with a total of £40,000 being awarded by AHR to support the education of young architects in the UK since we started the scheme. With a very high number of entries and an extremely high standard of submission the judging panel certainly had their work cut out this year. My thanks go to them for their valuable contribution, insight and tenacity. Jonathan emerged as a very worthy winner with an outstanding submission. We believe that Jonathan will benefit substantially from the scholarship and that he has a very bright future in the architectural profession.”

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Notes to editors

1. For further press information contact Gagandeep Bedi in the RIBA Press Office: 020 7307 3814

2. To download images of Jonathan and his portfolio visit:

3. The Scholarship was established in 2008 and is offered in memory of Stephen Williams, a past Director of Aedas (since renamed as AHR).

4. Since 2008, the scholarship has been awarded to Laura Collins (University of Sheffield, 2009/10), Henry Fisher (University of Bath 2010/11), Joseph Deane (Royal College of Art 2011/12), Kerry Watton (Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art, 2012/13), Mick Scott (Oxford Brookes University 2013/14) and Chloe Anderson (London Metropolitan University 2014/15).

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7. AHR has a long-standing reputation for award-winning design and the creation of innovative places and environments.

AHR is one of the UK’s most established architecture and building consultancy practices, with experience dating back to 1835. Today AHR has evolved into an international business encompassing 450 staff in 13 offices. The practice is currently working on two major retail projects in Pakistan and a series of schools under the government’s Priority Schools Building Programme. Earlier this year AHR completed Heathrow Terminal 2 MSCP, and in 2013 completed the multi award-winning Al Bahr Towers in Abu Dhabi. @ahrglobal

Posted on Monday 27th July 2015

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