RIBA Research Trust Awards

The RIBA Research Trust Awards is an annual funding scheme supporting independent architectural research. Applications are welcome from researchers at any stage of their research career.

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The RIBA Research Trust Awards are offered annually to support independent architectural research. The awards scheme is open to applicants interested in a wide range of subject matter relevant to the advancement of architecture and the connected arts and sciences. The research can be practice-led or academic research.

"The funds provided by the RIBA's Research Trust Awards each year are an invaluable aid to those who are pursuing new knowledge in architecture. There is intense competition to get them, yet it's also the case that a good many of our best scholars and practitioners have benefited from this source of financial support at some point in their careers."

- Professor Murray Fraser, Chair, RIBA Research Grants sub-committee

Eligibility

The awards scheme is open to applicants interested in a wide range of subject matter relevant to the advancement of architecture, and connected arts and sciences, in the United Kingdom. 

The RIBA Research Trust Award is for a closely defined piece of architectural research. The committee will support practice-led or academic research, but it will not supportcourse fees and subsistence costs for PhD/MPhil or Masters programmes. Awards are given only to named individuals, not organisations. The maximum grant applicants may apply for is £10,000. A detailed breakdown of costs should be provided in the application form.

Applicants based outside the UK are also eligible to apply; however the research work must in the main be undertaken within the United Kingdom.

The 2015 RIBA Research Trust Awards will be launched in Spring 2015.  

Recipients of the RIBA Research Trust Awards 2014 

Recipients of the RIBA Research Trust Awards 2013 

Recipients of the RIBA Research Trust Awards 2012 

Recipients of the RIBA Research Trust Awards 2011 

Recipients of the RIBA Research Trust Awards 2010 

Recipients of the RIBA Research Trust Awards 2009 

In 2009 the Modern Architecture and Town Planning Trust merged with the Historical Research Trust to create the RIBA Research Trust.

The Modern Architecture and Town Planning Trust supported the study of contemporary and recent architecture. This included the decoration and furnishing of buildings, and the arrangement and landscaping of land adjacent to buildings in any part of the world. 

The Historical Research Trust supported the study of architecture, other than contemporary and recent architecture. This included the decoration and furnishing of buildings in any part of the world.

Recipients of Awards 2008 

Recipients of Awards 2007 

Recipients of Awards 2006 

  • Dr Samer Bagaeen - Redeveloping Former Military Sites: An International Perspective.
  • Mr Benson Lau - The Poetics of Sacred Light.

Recipients of Awards 2005 

  • Ms Sophie Handler - Old People and Public Space in the London Borough of Newham.
  • Mr Dominic O'Neill - An Investigative Study and Analysis of the Architecture, Context and Function of Ten University Business Schools Completed Since 1995.
  • Dr Tatjana Schneider - Notions of Modernity: The Arts Tower in Sheffield.

 

More Information 

For further information contact hayley.russell@riba.org or 020 73073678.

The applications are assessed by the RIBA Research Trusts Awards Committee:

  • Robert Brown, Plymouth University (RIBA Council member)
  • Dolan Conway
  • Murray Fraser, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (Chair)
  • Robert Mitchell, Mitchell Taylor Workshop
  • Sophie Handler, past recipient
  • Alan Jones, Queen's University
  • Alexandra Stara, Kingston University
  • Victoria Thornton, Open City
  • Meryl Townley, van Heyningen and Haward Architects (RIBA Council member)
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