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RIBA announces highest ever funding for architectural research in Institute's history


01 September 2011

Press office contact:

Mina Vadon
T: +44 (0)207 307 3761
E: mina.vadon@riba.org

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has made the highest ever funding award for architectural research in the Institute's history. Today it announced the recipients of funding for architectural research for the 2011/12 academic session, for which the combined total was just under £100,000.

Together with other funding schemes earmarked to support students of architecture, including £70,000 to students in financial hardship, the RIBA is expected to allocate a record £185,000 towards architectural education by the end of 2011.

The following research awards were made:

RIBA Research Trust awards went to:

  • Oliver Domeisen received £9,500 for the project 'The Four Elements of Ornament: Foundations for a Contemporary Ornamental Practice'.
  • James Dunnett received £10,000 for the project 'The Life and Work of Ernö Goldfinger, RA, RIBA (1902-1987)'.
  • Annekatrin Hultzsch received £7,192 for the project 'Date your District, 1942 Modern 'Visual Re-education' and the Perception of Victorian Architecture in the Architectural Review'.
  • Yat Ming Loo received £8,128 for the project 'Architecture and immigration in London: The lost history of Limehouse Chinatown (1900 -1970)'.
  • Steve Parnell received £9,900 for the project 'AD and Post-Modern architecture: a critical history'.
  • Mahnaz Shah received £10,000 for the project 'Le Corbusier’s Potato Building Typology 1963–1965: An Analysis'.
  • Léa-Catherine Szacka received £7,300 for the project ‘Display and Debate: An Oral History of the 1976 'Europa/America' Show at the Venice Biennale'.


Full details of the research projects are on the RIBA website www.architecture.com/researchfunding


The RIBA LKE Ozolins Sudentship went to Ross Exo Adams for his PhD studies at the London Consortium (Architectural Association, Birkbeck College, the Tate, the ICA and the Science Museum) on ‘The relationship between urbanism and politics in Europe’. He will receive £32,000 for the final two years of his studies.

The RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship (of £5,000) was awarded to John Killock (Part 2 student at the University of Westminster) for the research project ‘Exploration of the Potential for Co-Housing to be Used as a New Typology for the Elderly Within the UK’.

The Norman Foster Scholarship, the RIBA Stephen Williams Scholarship, and the RIBA Goldfinger Scholarship were also awarded by the RIBA earlier this year.

By the end of 2011, the RIBA will also have allocated approximately £70,000 to students in financial hardship during Part 1 or 2 from its Education Fund and RIBA Walter Parker Fund, bringing the total given to support students and researchers in architecture in 2011 to approximately £185,000.

Angela Brady, RIBA President said:

'I am delighted to announce that the Institute is allocating its largest amount of money ever to support architectural education. The RIBA is committed to supporting not only architectural research but also students experiencing hardship that might preclude them from becoming architects. To this end, the RIBA Education Fund works to ensure that opportunities are given to talented students from the widest cross-section of society. We are extremely grateful to our generous donors, such as Lord Norman Foster, Lord Richard Rogers, Mrs Margot Auger, the Goldfinger family, Aedas, and the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects, for having donated generously towards these schemes.'

Notes to editors

  1. For press further information, journalists please contact Mina Vadon in the RIBA Press Office on 020 7307 3761 or email mina.vadon@riba.org.
  2. For information about the RIBA funding opportunities, pleasevisit www.architectecture.com/educationfunding or contact the RIBA Education Department on 020 7307 3678 or joanna.scott@riba.org.
  3. The RIBA Education Department is responsible for the management of a range of scholarships, bursaries, and other funding schemes to support the work of architectural students, graduates, academics and practitioners. Over the last couple of decades, the RIBA has contributed to the development of a significant number of architectural education projects, either by funding independent researchers or students enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate courses (including Masters and PhD programmes) in architecture. These funding schemes are made possible thanks to generous donations from RIBA members and supporters, including individuals and architectural practices. Current scholarships and bursaries on offer include support for travel, research, environmental and community projects.
  4. For further information about ways to support the Education Fund, please contact the Development Office on developmentoffice@riba.org or call 020 7307 3689.


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