The Ryder bursary was introduced in 1999. Over the years, Ryder have invested £200,000 supporting over 20 students during their full time studies. Following a successful bursary, students are offered a two year development contract for graduates to achieve their professional qualifications. The scope and commitment provided by the Ryder bursary has few equals in supporting architectural education and the profession.
This year, the award was presented to Lara Bandoni. After joining Al Forbes’ team in Glasgow as a part one assistant, Lara took part in the Erasmus exchange programme, where she spent one semester at the Czech Technical University in Prague and was awarded the GIA student award in her second year of studies. Lara discusses what the bursary means to her.
I first joined Ryder over the summer between my second and third year of university. I was ecstatic to be gaining industry experience at a company with such a prominent role in the field, whom I had become familiar with through recent major projects both in Glasgow and across the UK. The internship exceeded my expectations, I knew almost immediately that not only was the practice producing outstanding work but I was also learning alongside a great team of people.
After completing a semester abroad in Prague, I was delighted to be offered a part one position at Ryder and returning to join the Glasgow team again.
Ryder’s collaborative approach has allowed me to gain experience on a range of exciting projects with support from my colleagues, and even work alongside the Hong Kong team and BIM academy. The opportunities provided have been beyond what I ever expected to receive but the chance to put myself forward for the Ryder bursary has been the greatest yet.