Outstanding research in the field of architecture has been celebrated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) today as the winners of the RIBA President's Awards for Research were announced.
The RIBA President's Awards for Research, presented in four categories, were awarded to:
RIBA President's Award for Outstanding Master's Degree Thesis
Amy Thomas of the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL for her thesis ''Mart of the World': An architectural and geographical history of the London Stock Exchange'
RIBA President's Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis
Steve Parnell of the University of Sheffield for his thesis 'Architectural Design, 1954 - 1972 : The contribution of the architectural magazine to the writing of architectural history'
RIBA President's Awards for Outstanding University-located Research
Harry Charrington of the University of Bath for his book 'Alvar Aalto: Conversations with the atelier'
RIBA President's Awards for Outstanding Practice-located Research
Alastair Parvin and David Saxby of Architecture 00:/ in collaboration with Cristina Cerulli and Tatjana Schneider of the University of Sheffield: 'A Right to Build'
RIBA President Angela Brady said:
'The RIBA President's Awards for Research highlight and reward the outstanding research in architecture that is taking place across the country. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners, your research is hugely appreciated and highly valued across the profession. Research into architecture provides a lasting legacy to all in the profession and reminds us of the importance of innovation and strategic thinking in our everyday work.'
Chair of the Judging Panel, Greg Penoyre of Penoyre & Prasad, said:
'We are always keen to encourage entries from practice, and this year’s shortlist demonstrated the high standard and diverse subject matter and scope of research in practice, making for challenging judging.
Significantly, in a number of cases the practice-located and university-located research categories had overlaps in terms of funding and resource, which suggests the positive integration and collaboration between practice and academia, and further reinforces the strong relationship between design and research.
The panel read a fascinating set of submissions across a broad range of research topics. In its first year the Masters category was particularly rewarding and I’m looking forward to seeing this exciting award develop in the future.'