WSU introduces Indigenous architecture scholarship

Applicants are being sought for a new scholarship for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander architecture students at Western Sydney University, to be funded by Australian design and architecture practice Designinc.

The scholarship is open to new and current students of the university, and is worth $30,000 per year for a maximum of five years, and would cover the cost of both a bachelor’s degree and the relatively new WSU Master of Architecture in Urban Transformation at a total cost of $150,000.

Records from the NSWARB show only eight registered architects in the state identify as Indigenous and nationally, only 28 registered architects are Indigenous, according to the 2016 Census.

In a statement, Designinc’s Tara Keast said, “The Designinc directors were motivated to work with WSU as a leader in diversity and social inclusion, demonstrated by its commitment to high school, university support and outreach programs addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander opportunity.”

The practice employs workers of 28 different nationalities. Managing director Sandeep Amin said, “It is an honour for us to extend our support to the Indigenous community and to empower someone with the tool of education to find success.”

Applications to the scholarship are open for the Autumn 2020 semester. For more information, go here.

The program follows the Droga Indigenous Architecture Scholarships, which were first awarded in 2019 and fund up to five years of study at the UTS Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.

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