Madeleine John awarded QLD Architecture Scholarship

Madeleine John is a Master of Architecture student at the University of Queensland and has been employed by Blight Rayner since 2017. Madeleine is one of the 2019 recipients of the Philip Y Bisset Planning (Architecture) Scholarship and the second Blight Rayner team member to be awarded this prestigious scholarship, with Lauren Hickling having been selected in 2017. The purpose of the Philip Y Bisset Planning (Architecture) Scholarship is to enable final year students to undertake a course of study, research, or other proposed activity to “study architecture overseas with particular emphasis on the planning and design of buildings”. Those awarded with the scholarship receive $15,000 to travel the globe and further their research.

Having previously graduated with a Bachelor in Regional and Town Planning, Madeleine’s research combines her passion for architecture with her interest in the future planning of smart cities and the impacts of disruptive technology. Madeleine’s travel proposal includes participating in the AA Visiting School Urban Futures Studio in New York, followed by a self-directed investigation into her research topic with travel to South Korea, and then to Japan during the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Madeleine recognises Brisbane’s ongoing transition towards a knowledge-based economy and therefore hopes to utilise her research findings to help envisage ways Brisbane can both function as a future smart city and improve the social and cultural fabric because of, rather than despite, disruption.