The MSMR Travel Award has become a firm fixture at Sheffield School of Architecture’s (SSoA) of the end of year show at this year’s show, held ‘in-person’ for the first time since 2019, taking home the annual prize of £2,000 were Katie Francis and Diana Huynh, pictured.
The prize is offered to third year architecture students, funding a trip that will enable them to obtain first-hand experience of buildings, places and environments, while furthering their knowledge and understanding of Architecture.
This year’s winning proposal will see Katie and Diana travel to Europe by train to follow the path of the “Grand Tour”, a trip historically undertaken by young men of the English elite during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. As two females our travel award winners wanted to follow a similar itinerary but with an alternative, contemporary perspective.
The trip includes rail travel across three counties, visiting six key cities within three weeks. Exploring the architecture of the Renaissance and the ancient remains of classical civilisations will be key focal points, as well as studying local cultural highlights beyond the usual tourist hot spots. The overall aim of the tour will be to obtain a better understanding of how the legacy of the Grand Tour has influenced modern city life.
Congratulations to Katie and Diane, we look forward to seeing highlights from their trip later this year on Instagram, #msmrtravelaward.