Hungarian landscape architect graduate wins the £14,000 award

A landscape architecture graduate and PhD student from the Corvinus University of Budapest has been awarded the 2010 Goldfinger Scholarship by the RIBA. Luca Csepely-Knorr has won £14,000 to help pay for her MPhil course at the Art & Design Department at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The fund is to support her research, and pay for her fees during the academic year 2010/11. Her research will focus on the work of Béla Rerrich (1881-1932), Hungary’s first town planner and one of the founders of landscape architectural education in Hungary, and Thomas Mawson (1861-1933), an English town planner and the Windermere garden designer. 

The jury, which comprised of Michael Goldfinger, James Dunnett, professor Kit Allsopp, and Ben Stone and Alex Bancroft representing the RIBA, were unanimous in their decision.

Csepely-Knorr said: “I am especially grateful that as a landscape architect I am able to receive an architectural Scholarship, which I hope will help make my profession more well-known and appreciated in my home country.”

The scholarship has been running since 2002, following a generous donation by Ernö Goldfinger’s family. It provides one grant annually to support a young Hungarian architect through a period of postgraduate study in the fields of architecture, art or associated disciplines or a period of work experience in an UK academic institution or architectural practice.

For more information visit the RIBA Goldfinger Scholarship.