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RIBA announces shortlists for the President's Awards for Research 2011


24 June 2011

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Mina Vadon
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The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) today announced the shortlists for the annual RIBA President's Awards for Research 2011.

The awards reward and encourage outstanding research in architecture. This year, thirteen pieces were selected for the final stage of judging in the following categories:

  • RIBA President's Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis
  • RIBA President's Award for Outstanding University-located Research
  • RIBA President's Award for Outstanding Professional Practice-located Research

The following pieces of research have been shortlisted:

RIBA President's Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis

  • Nishat Awan of the University of Sheffield: Diasporic Urbanism: Concepts, agencies and 'mapping otherwise'
  • Tania Sengupta of the University of Westminster: Producing the Province: Colonial governance and spatial cultures in district headquarter towns in Eastern India
  • Doreen Bernath of the Architectural Association: China and Pictorial Introjection
  • Milinda Pathiraja of the University of Melbourne: The function of robust technology in the construction of a ‘third world’ practice: architecture, design and labour training.

RIBA President's Award for Outstanding University-located Research

  • Brian Ford of the University of Nottingham: Passive and Hybrid Downdraft Cooling (PHDC)
  • Jane Rendell of the Bartlett School of Architecture: Site –Writing: The Architecture of Art Criticism
  • Tatjana Schneider and Jeremy Till of the Universities of Sheffield and Westminster: Spatial Agency  
  • Patricia Belford and Ruth Morrow of Queen’s University Belfast: Tactility Factory / Girli Concrete  
  • Marcial Echenique of the University of Cambridge: SOLUTIONS (Sustainability Of Land Use in Outer Neighbourhoods).

RIBA President's Award for Outstanding Practice-located Research

  • James Soane of Project Orange: PO Box
  • Chris Halligan and Joanne Denison of Stephen George & Partners: Building Materials and the Environment
  • Indy Johar of Architecture 00:/: Compendium for the Civic Economy
  • Xavier De Kestelier of Foster + Partners with Richard Buswell and Simon Austin of Loughborough University: Freeform Construction: Mega-Scale Rapid Manufacturing for Construction.

Entries will be judged on their contribution to architecture, which is assessed using the criteria of originality, significance, rigour and communication and the winning entries must be regarded as making an exceptional contribution to architectural knowledge.


Andrew Ballantyne, chair of the judging panel said:

'There were more entries this year than ever before, so the shortlisting process involved more discussion and the elimination of some excellent entries that found favour with only parts of the panel. The shortlisted entries not only look promising, they also had a broad appeal. We noted an increase in the number of submissions that raised questions about the terms on which architectural practice is conducted, which suggests that the profession is going through a period of reflection and reappraisal. We look forward to the insights we will glean over the summer when we read and assess the shortlisted work.'

The winning entries will be presented with their awards at a ceremony at the RIBA on Wednesday 7 December 2011.


Notes to editors

  1. For more press information, contact Mina Vadon in the RIBA Press Office on 020 7307 3716 or mina.vadon@inst.riba.org
  2. The judging panel comprises of: Andrew Ballantyne (University of Newcastle) – chair; Felipe Hernandez (University of Cambridge); Doina Petrescu (University of Sheffield); Jonathan Hale (University of Nottingham); Greg Penoyre (Penoyre & Prasad); Sarah Wigglesworth (Sarah Wigglesworth Architects); with specialist technical expertise provided by the BRE.


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