Siti Nurafaf Ismail, a 21-year-old Malaysian architecture student, has won the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship, and will travel to cities affected by natural disaster to shadow two architect idols. Photo: Koray Koymen

Architecture for disaster relief: first Asian woman to win Norman Foster scholarship talks about her goals

  • Siti Nurafaf Ismail will use her award to shadow Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and Pakistan’s Yasmeen Lari on disaster relief projects
  • Foster praised University of Malaya 21-year-old’s winning submission for its ‘clear focus and objectives’; Afaf hopes to work in disaster management
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Siti Nurafaf Ismail, a 21-year-old Malaysian architecture student, has won the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship, and will travel to cities affected by natural disaster to shadow two architect idols. Photo: Koray Koymen
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Peta Tomlinson

Peta Tomlinson

Peta Tomlinson is an Asia-focused journalist who has lived and worked in Australia and Hong Kong. Making the most of her global mobile office, she contributes to South China Morning Post on topics including design, property, lifestyle and special reports.