RIBA announce President's Awards for Research 2012 shortlists

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist for the four categories of the President’s Awards for Research 2012. The awards promote and champion high-quality research and encourage its distribution and incorporation into the wider profession. In addition, they raise the profile of those architects and academics engaged in research, and highlight the need for research across the profession to foster innovation and strategic thinking.

The shortlists for the President's Awards for Research 2012 are as follows:

RIBA President's Award for Outstanding Master's Degree Thesis

  • Silviya Ilieva of the University of Westminster: Living Architecture: An Experiment in Biomimicry
  • David Smith of Oxford Brookes: Learning from the Marché Hyppolite Port-au_prince, Haiti: An Assessment of the Philanthropic Reconstruction of an Urban Place
  • Amy Thomas of the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL: 'Mart of the World': An architectural and geographical history of the London Stock Exchange

RIBA President's Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis

  • Nicholas Beech of the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL: Constructing Everyday Life: An architectural history of the South Bank in Production, 1948-51
  • Edward Denison of the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL: Architecture and the Landscape of Modernity in China up to 1949
  • Jon Goodbun of the University of Westminster: The Architecture of the Extended Mind: Towards a Critical Urban Ecology
  • Steve Parnell of the University of Sheffield: Architectural Design, 1954-1972: The contribution of the architectural magazine to the writing of architectural history
  • William Tozer of the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL: A Theory of Making: Architecture and Art in the Practice of Adolf Loos

RIBA President's Awards for Outstanding University-located Research

  • Harry Charrington of the University of Bath: Alvar Aalto: Conversations with the atelier
  • Jonathan Hill of the Bartlett School of Architecture: Weather Architecture
  • James Madge of the University of Westminster: Sabbioneta Cryptic City
  • Alan Short of the University of Cambridge: Designing Dynamic Environments for the Performing Arts
  • Mary Ann Steane of the University of Cambridge: The Architecture of Light

RIBA President's Awards for Outstanding Practice-located Research

  • Alistair Parvin of Architecture 00:/: A Right to Build
  • Sofie Pelsmakers of Architecture for Change: The Environmental Design Pocketbook
  • Sarah Wigglesworth of Sarah Wigglesworth Architects: Around and About Stock Orchard Street

RIBA President Angela Brady said:

'Our President’s Research Awards group has shortlisted 16 very promising pieces of research across a range of categories from an exceptional number of applications. This is always a challenging but enjoyable process and I know the panel are looking forward to reading the research work over the coming months.'

Chair of the Judging Panel, Greg Penoyre of Penoyre & Prasad, said:

'This year we have seen unprecedented numbers in the PhD based research category with entries from Britain and further overseas covering a wide range of research, including theoretical, historical and technical study.'


Notes to editors

  • For press information contact Howard Crosskey in the RIBA Press Office: 020 7307 3761 howard.crosskey@riba.org
  • Further details on the President’s Award for Research and the shortlisted nominees can be found on architecture.com
  • A new category for Masters based research submissions has brought greater breadth to the research awards this year
  • The RIBA President's Awards for Research were established in order to reward and encourage outstanding research in architecture carried out by students, academics and practitioners
  • The awards are given in four categories: Master's, PhD, university and practice-located research
  • Academia queries about the awards should be sent to email research@riba.org or by calling 020 7307 3714
  • The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members. Visit www.architecture.com or follow us at www.twitter.com/RIBA  
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