Nurafaf Becomes First Asian Woman To Win International Architecture Award

Huge congratulations to Siti Nurafaf Ismail for winning the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship! An architecture student from University Malaya, this also marks her as the first Asian woman to hold the title since the scholarship began back in 2006.

The 21-year-old managed to shine out of the thousands of architecture students and gain a scholarship worth £7,000 (RM36,000) from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for her disaster relief research.

Source: SCMP

Her project known as the ‘Architecture of Humility’ is based on the role of the architect in a community architecture in natural zones where she travelled to Lombok, Indonesia in January.

This achievement will allow Nurafaf to continue her research in Hokkaido and Karachi – the two cities which have been destroyed by recent disasters.

Source: RIBA

The Founder and Executive Chairman, Foster + Partners; President, Norman Foster Foundation, Lord Foster said, “Everything from the budget to the choice of locations in Siti Nurafaf Ismail’s project was well-researched and she showed a great deal of initiative in self-funding the first phase of the research. I wish her the very best and look forward to seeing the project develop throughout her travels.”

Not only that Nurafaf will also be learning from two illustrious architects, the award-winning Shigeru Ban and Pakistan’s first female architect, Yasmeen Lari.

Congratulations once again, Nurafaf! We’re so proud of you!