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28 Jan 2019

Foundation alumna’s “creative enquiry” wins her an international scholarship

Congratulations to former student Grace Baker, who has been awarded the Norman Foster Foundation Scholarship after completing an Art and Design Foundation Studies course at Loughborough.

The scholarship entitles Grace to a year’s worth of academic fees for the BSc Architecture course at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Now in its second year, the scholarship was set up to enable the most promising candidates in Europe to undertake the course: Grace’s “sense of creative enquiry” impressed the jury and secured her award.

Grace, who followed the Fine Art pathway within Foundation at Loughborough, the award was “a massive surprise and honour”.

She said: “To be sponsored by a foundation that puts interdisciplinary thinking first is very exciting, particularly in terms of the approach I hope to take forwards into my architectural education. 

“Last year I completed an Art Foundation course at Loughborough where I was able to develop my interest in the idea of a 'metaphorical space', focusing on our heightened experiences within landscape and the possibility of spatialising the inner workings of the mind. Through the Fine Art pathway I was able to read extensively into architectural theory, giving me time to develop a curiosity and questioning approach to the subject – something the Norman Foster Foundation were particularly interested in.

“Studying at The Bartlett School of Architecture, the depth of thought put into my work has continued but with a much more analytical approach to depicting space. It can be a challenge to keep up a fresh creativity within the technical constraints of the course. However, with the recognition and confidence gained from the support of the Norman Foster Foundation, I hope to continue a fine art approach into the future, to produce a personal perspective on the discipline.”

Art and Design Foundation Studies at Loughborough offers four pathways. After an exploratory period, students can also choose to specialise in Fine Art, Visual Communication, Textiles and Fashion or 3D Design. Many students choose to progress to Loughborough’s BA Fine Art, BA Graphic Communication and Illustration or BA Textiles: Innovation and Design courses while others use the skills they have learned at other universities.

Main image: Tectonic Landscape by Grace Baker. Starting to ask questions of the landscape as a form of architecture and the way in which we inhabit these spaces. 

Image: Grace Baker, who has been awarded the Norman Foster Foundation Scholarship.