RIBA President's Medals global call for entries

Schools of architecture in 64 countries invited to enter for the Bronze Medal and Silver Medal

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has launched the call for nominations for the prestigious 2013 RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards. The Institute is inviting schools of architecture from around the world 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 15 July; design projects must be submitted by Monday 9 September.

The medallists and commendation winners will be awarded their prizes at a ceremony at the RIBA in London on Wednesday 4 December.

This year’s judging panels include:

Bronze Medal / Part 1 Design Projects:

  • David Gloster – RIBA Director of Education (non-voting chair)
  • Roz Barr – RIBA Vice-President Elect Education; Roz Barr Architects (UK)
  • Peter Böhm – Peter Böhm Architects (Germany)
  • Vidhya Puhspanathan – Winner of the 2012 RIBA President’s Bronze Medal
  • Satwinder Samra – Senior Lecturer of Architecture (University of Sheffield, UK)

Silver Medal / Part 2 Design Projects:

  • David Gloster – RIBA Director of Education (non-voting chair)
  • Roz Barr – RIBA Vice-President Elect Education; Roz Barr Architects (UK)
  • Antón García-Abril – Ensamble Studios (Spain); Professor of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
  • Elena Marco – Associate Head of Architecture, University of the West of England (UK)
  • David Rieser – Winner of the 2012 RIBA President’s Silver Medal

Dissertation Medal Panel:

  • Alexandra Stara – Reader in the History and Theory of Architecture, Kingston University (UK) (non-voting chair)
  • Will Hunter – Deputy Editor, Architectural Review (UK)
  • David Leatherbarrow – Professor of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
  • Peg Rawes – Senior Lecturer and Associate Director of Research, the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL (UK)

RIBA President Elect Stephen Hodder said:

'The RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards are a wonderful celebration of the future talent of architecture. These are the RIBA’s oldest awards and, since the Institute awarded the first Silver Medal 177 years ago, the President’s Medals have grown to become the most prestigious awards in architectural education worldwide. I very much look forward to celebrating the work submitted for the Bronze, Silver and Dissertation categories by talented students worldwide.'

For more information, visit the RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards’ website www.presidentsmedals.com. The website features all entries dating back to 1998.


Notes to editors

  1. The aim of the RIBA President’s Medals is to promote excellence in the study of architecture, to reward talent and to encourage architectural debate world-wide.
  2. The President’s Medals were established in 1836 when the RIBA awarded the Silver Medal for the first time for the best architectural essay, making these the RIBA’s longest-living award (preceding the Royal Gold Medal, formally established in 1848). In 1855, the Institute changed the awards’ criteria to award the Silver Medal for the best ‘Measured Drawings’ produced by a talented graduate.
  3. The President’s Medals current format was developed in 1984, when the Institute created a Bronze Medal to reward the design work produced by a student at Part 1 (normally, the first three of five years of the professional qualification in architecture) while the Silver Medal was awarded to a Part 2 student (normally, the last two of five years of the architecture qualification). In 2001, a Dissertation Medal was added to reward written work produced at either Part 1 or 2.
  4. Past RIBA President’s Medallists include David Adjaye, Isabel Allen, Sean Griffiths, Simon Hudspith, Mouzhan Majidi and Ole Scheeren.
  5. RIBA Membership is free to students studying their RIBA or CAA validated parts 1 & 2 – to become a member please visit: http://www.architecture.com/JoinTheRIBA/Individuals/StudentMembership/WhyJoin.aspx 
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