London Met student wins prestigious ADAM Architecture Travel Scholarship

Tarn Philipp to study rock-hewn churches in Ethiopia as ADAM Architecture Travel Scholar 2015.

Date: 8 July 2015

The ADAM Architecture Student Travel Scholarship has been awarded to Tarn Philipp, a third year Architecture student at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University.

Tarn was selected after an interview with the judges from four shortlisted applicants.

Tarn will receive a £1,500 to support the execution of an international architectural project.

Commenting on Tarn’s research proposal, George Saumarez Smith, ADAM Architecture Director said; “We were very pleased to have had a record number of entries this year and our Travel Scholarship continues to attract a wide range of applications.

“We were particularly impressed with our four shortlisted entries but Tarn stood out as a worthy winner.”

Tarn will travel to Ethiopia later this year to study the Rock-hewn churches, visiting the remote churches in the Tigray province.

The rock-hewn churches are located on flat topped mountains, in existing caves or in cliff faces. Some of the churches are simple, resembling a natural opening rather than a church; while other display a high level of sophistication and are entirely cut from the rock. The rock-hewn churches immortalise the architecture of built examples which have since been destroyed.

Tarn will study and record the craftsmanship of these carved structures, including the non-structural columns, brackets, arches and roof beams.

The Travel Scholarship is now in its tenth year and has a fantastic track record of supporting students and recent graduates to travel abroad to carry out research and develop a greater understanding of international architecture and urban design.

The 2015 award was judged by Jonathan Taylor, Undergraduate Design Studio Tutor at Kingston University and co-partner of architecture practice Timothy Smith & Jonathan Taylor; David Birch, noted British ceramicist and Managing Director of The London Pottery Co Ltd; along with Nigel Anderson and George Saumarez Smith, Directors at ADAM Architecture.

For more information please visit the ADAM website.


Black and white landscape of Rock Hewn Churches