School of Architecture

Thursday 11 October 2018

Two Master of Architecture students will travel the globe to further their research, after receiving a $15,000 scholarship, thanks to their love and appreciation for global architecture.

Claire Bazeley and Nicholas Russell were both awarded the Philip Y Bisset Planning (Architecture) Scholarship, supported by the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects. Claire will travel around the world to explore the protection of postmodern architecture and how new theories of heritage are challenging traditional notions of preservation.

Claire Bazeley
Claire Baseley


Nicholas’ time abroad will include research into the effects of vehicles on architecture with a particular focus on the future impacts that autonomous vehicles will have on architecture, cities and settlement patterns.

“Cars already dictate much of the form of the urban environment. As their usage changes, architects and planners will need to react to create new city forms,” Nicholas said.

“For me, the Philip Y Bisset Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity to continue my research into the expansion of the heritage field,” Claire said.

“Now that I have completed my formal university study, I am keen to find ways to bridge between research and practice. 

“This scholarship is particularly timely for my study as the global movement towards protecting buildings of the Postmodern era continues to grow. “I hope to bring this knowledge back to Australia to inform an understanding of our own emerging and future heritage.”

Claire’s scholarship will allow her to travel to the US, UK, Madrid, Delft and Zurich before attending a conference in LA entitled Preserving the Recent Past and an Architectural Association summer school in Zurich entitled Exhibiting Architecture.

Nicholas Russel
Nicholas Russell

“I hope to participate in this change both through architecture and by participating in the conversation around the affect that public policies will have on autonomous vehicles.”

Established in honour of Life Fellow Philip Bisset, who left a generous bequest to the Queensland Chapter, the scholarship is now in its third year of a new philanthropic strategy for architectural education in the state focusing on continued growth and vitality.

"It is indeed gratifying to see the scholarship funds are being put to good use. Both candidates will benefit from the experience and this should inform their future career choices and make us as a profession, richer for the overseas experience,” Queensland Chapter President Paul Trotter said.

Philip Yeats Bisset had a distinguished career spanning over 60 years. His most notable projects include St Vincent’s Hospital in Toowoomba and the Mater Hospitals in Townsville and Bundaberg, among a total of 63 hospital projects, in addition to facilities for the Salvation Army and the Federal Government, and Darwin’s Roman Catholic Cathedral. This year's esteemed selection panel consisted of architects Kevin O’Brien, Libby Watson-Brown and Chris Gee.