RIBA announces call for nominations for 2012 President's Medals

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has launched the call for nominations for this year's RIBA President's Medals Student Awards. The Institute is inviting 300 schools of architecture in 64 countries to nominate up to two design projects for the Part I (Bronze Medal), up to two design projects for the Part II (Silver Medal), and one dissertation for the Dissertation Medal from student work produced during the 2011/12 academic year.

The deadline for submitting dissertations is Monday 16 July and design projects can be submitted by Monday 10 September. The medallists and commendation winners will be awarded their prizes at a special ceremony at the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, W1 on Wednesday 5 December.

This year's judging panel for the Bronze and Silver Medals includes:

  • Chair: Oliver Richards - RIBA Vice-President Education (ORMS)
  • Eva Castro Iraola (Plasma Studio)
  • Anna Liu (Tonkin Liu Architects)
  • Chris Wilkinson (Wilkinson Eyre)

The Dissertation Medal judging panel comprises:

  • Chair: Dr Alexandra Stara (Kingston University)
  • Dr Nathaniel Coleman (University of Newcastle)
  • Professor Mark Cousins (Architectural Association)
  • Samantha Martin-McAuliffe (University College Dublin)

RIBA President Angela Brady said:

'The RIBA President's Medals Student Awards are a fantastic way for the next generation of architects to shine and be seen. I am delighted to be part of this global competition where we celebrate tomorrow's talent and highlight our very best students.'

The President has rewarded the design work of a talented student since the 1850s. In the 1980s the Institute introduced a Bronze Medal to reward design work produced at Part I while the Silver Medal was reserved for Part II students. In 2001 a Dissertation Medal was added to this list of student awards.

The aim of these prestigious awards is to promote excellence in the study of architecture, to reward talent and to encourage architectural debate worldwide. Past RIBA President's
Medallists include David Adjaye, Isabel Allen, Sean Griffiths, Simon Hudspith, Mouzhan Majidi and Ole Scheeren.


Notes to editors

  • For further press information contact Howard Crosskey in the RIBA Press Office: 020 7307 3761 howard.crosskey@riba.org
  • For application enquiries please visit the RIBA President's Medals Student Awards' website www.presidentsmedals.com. The website is a veritable archive of the most promising future talent of the profession and features all entries dating back to 1998. This includes tens of thousands of images for entries that schools of architecture world have deemed the best student work each year.
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