John Kinross Scholar in 2009.
Anna Gibb, Torri di Firenze, ink and watercolour paper, 2009
How did the experience affect you as an individual?
I was fortunate to be awarded the scholarship in 2009, having just graduated into the global recession. The scholarship was a great opportunity for me to spend 3 months in Italy and take some time to reflect on my practice as a young architecture graduate, and to be inspired by the beautiful city of Florence.
What was the impact on your practice?
It helped to develop my passion for history and my compulsion to uncover unknown stories, which can help inform and enrich architecture today. Having the freedom and time to draw every day was key to the development of my practice.
What would you say the long term impact has been on yourself and you work?
The love of architecture and history is something that has continued throughout my practice, both as an architect and artist. I have recently taken the bold decision to pause my architecture career and explore a practice of art and illustration.