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China-based architecture practice MAD has announced that its travelling scholarship program will now include a new international component, opening up the opportunity for Australian students of architecture to get the chance to visit China.
The fellowship program was initiated in 2009 by MAD’s founding principal, Ma Yansong, and sends five Chinese students abroad each year to gather inspiration. Over the past seven years, the program has enabled 35 Chinese architecture students to visit several continents across the globe, from Africa and Asia to Europe and North America. However, this year will see an additional five students undertake the fellowship, now also encompassing international students who will be hosted in China.
MAD believes it is only through travel – the visceral experience of interacting with, and being influenced by, different spaces – that one can begin to understand ideas of context and gain a deeper insight into architecture.
With offices in Beijing, New York and Los Angeles, MAD Architects is one the biggest and most widely-acclaimed practices to come out of China. Yansong was also the first Chinese architect to receive a RIBA fellowship.
Call for applications is open now.
– Selected applicants must currently be an undergraduate or graduate architecture student,
– 500 words or less letter describing your interests in architecture, including personal ideals and perspectives on architecture, proposed travel destination(s) and sites of interest, and an individual research topic,
– CV and portfolio, and
– submit the above materials as one 6mb A4 PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 14 May. The application file should be named as follows: school_major_graduating year_name.pdf.
Find out more about the selection criteria on the MAD fellowship website.
Founded by Chinese architect Ma Yansong in 2004, MAD Architects is a global architecture firm committed to developing futuristic, organic, technologically advanced designs that embody a contemporary interpretation of the Eastern affinity for nature.
Lead image: Harbin Opera House by MAD, photo by Iwan Baan.