2013 President's Awards for Research
The RIBA's annual research awards exist to promote the innovation and insight that emerge from excellent research.
The awards acknowledge and encourage fresh and strategic thinking in architectural research for the benefit of the profession as a whole.
Projects are judged by a distinguished panel of experts in
Master's degree thesis
The winners for the President's Awards for Research 2013 are:
RIBA President's Award for Outstanding Master's Degree Thesis
Fay Al Khalifa of the University of Sheffield: An urban healing agenda for reform in Bahrain: Where the dweller falls into the urban gap and the sailing boat hits the skyscraper
RIBA President's Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis
Ricardo Agarez of University College London: Regionalism, Modernism and Vernacular Tradition in the Architecture of Algarve, Portugal, 1925-1965
Commendation: Yara Sharif of the University of Westminster: PhD by Design ‘Searching for Spaces of Possibilities and Spaces of Imagination within the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict’
RIBA President's Awards for Outstanding University-located Research
Adrian Forty of University College London: Concrete and Culture, A Material History
Commendation: Wayne Forster of the University of Cardiff: Affordable Housing system from locally grown softwoods: Ty Unnos
RIBA President's Awards for Outstanding Practice-located Research
Bill Dunster of ZEDfactory: ZEDlife
The winners will receive their awards in December at the RIBA Presidents Medals ceremony at 66 Portland Place, London W1.
The judges in 2013 were:
Greg Penoyre (Chair) - Penoyre & Prasad
Gerry Adler - Kent School of Architecture
Cany Ash - Ash Sakula
Barnabas Calder - University of Strathclyde
Jonathan Hale - University of Nottingham
Ruth Morrow - Queens University Belfast
Doina Petrescu - University of Sheffield
Adam Sharr - University of Newcastle
Bob Sheil - The Bartlett School of Architecture
Cindy Walters - Walters and Cohen
Andrew Waugh - Waugh Thistleton
Technical expertise is provided, where necessary by the Building Research Establishment.
The process is observed by Peter Gibbs-Kennet on behalf of the RIBA Research and Innovation Group.
RIBA President's Awards for Research
This awards scheme was established in order to reward and encourage outstanding research in architecture carried out by students, academics and practitioners.
The awards promote and champion high-quality research and encourage its dissemination and incorporation into the knowledge base of the profession. They contribute to raising the profile of architects and academics engaged in research, and raise awareness of the need for research across the profession to foster innovation and strategic thinking.
The awards are given in four categories: Master's, PhD, university and practice-led research.
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Conflict of interest procedures
Judges declare their conflicts of interest as soon as the list of awards' candidates is circulated.
Judges are required to leave the room during the assessment of work where there is a conflict of interest.
Judges must not provide supporting statements for submissions to the RIBA President's Awards for Research.
Judges cannot make submissions for the RIBA President's Awards for Research.
At each stage of assessment the relevant materials are inspected by at least two impartial judges.
Where the Chair is involved in a conflict of interest, another member of the judging panel acts as Deputy Chair.
Cases of conflict of interest arise:
For PhD Award: where the judge has been involved in the supervision of and/or examination of the PhD.
For University-led Awards: where the judge has been involved as a member of the research team.
For Professional Practice-led Awards: where the judge has been involved in any way in the research project submitted.
The following circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on the level of involvement or familiarity with the research:
For the PhD and University-led Research Awards: where the submission is from the higher education institute in which the judge is currently, or has recently been, or will soon be, a member of staff (this is usually considered a conflict of interest).
For the University-led Research Awards: where the judge has been a nominated peer reviewer of the research submission for a research council or related body.
For Professional Practice-led Research Awards: where the judge has a business connection with the submitting practice (this is usually considered a conflict of interest).
For any of the four awards: where a professional or personal relationship may impede the judge's impartiality (this is usually considered a conflict of interest).