The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is calling for entries for the 2012 RIBA President's Awards for Research. The deadline for submissions is Monday 14 May 2012 at 5pm.
In this the seventh year of the awards, the RIBA has introduced a new award for the best Masters Degree Thesis.
Entries are now invited in the following four categories:
Masters Thesis: for the best Masters Thesis by an RIBA Chartered member or from any school of architecture in which the department has a course validated by the RIBA
PhD Thesis: for the best PhD Thesis by an RIBA Chartered Member or from any school of architecture in which the department has a course validated by the RIBA
University-located Research: for the best completed research project carried out in any school of architecture in which the department has a course validated by the RIBA
Professional Practice-located Research: for the best completed research project initiated by an RIBA Chartered Member or RIBA Chartered Practice
Entries will be judged on their contribution to architecture, using the criteria of originality, significance, rigour and communication, the winning entries must be regarded as making an exceptional contribution to architectural knowledge. The judges may also award commendations to one or more other shortlisted submissions in each category. The judging panel, composed of practitioners and academics, is appointed by the RIBA Research and Innovation Group and approved by the President of the RIBA.
Anne Dye, RIBA Head of Technical Research said:
'These awards promote and champion high-quality research and encourage its dissemination. They contribute to raising the profile of architects, practitioners and academics engaged in outstanding research, and raise awareness of the need for research across the profession to foster innovation and strategic thinking.
We look forward to adjudicating this wide ranging competition, learning from the entries, and ultimately sharing with our profession the most thought-provoking, challenging and useful research taking place today.'
Professor Murray Fraser, Chair of the RIBA Research and Innovation Group added:
'The RIBA Research Awards have become the major international prize for high-quality research for both academics and postgraduate students, and the arrangement from next year to include yet a further award for Masters-level research is only going add to their importance.'