RIBA announce President's Awards for Research 2013 shortlists

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlists for the President’s Awards for Research 2013. The awards champion high-quality research and encourage its distribution and incorporation into the wider profession. 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 2013 are:

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

  • Isabelle Priest of University College London: Coming Clean: In search of Le Corbusier’s cleaners in his Parisian domestic architecture, 1922-1934
  • Kirsty Baker of Oxford Brookes: Immigrant led suburban regeneration: Vietnamese Australian place making and its contribution to the regeneration of Australian suburbs
  • Fay Al Khalifa of the University of Sheffield: An urban healing agenda for reform in Bahrain: Where the dweller falls into the urban gap and the sailing boat hits the skyscraper

RIBA President's Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis

  • Ricardo Agarez of University College London: Regionalism, Modernism and Vernacular Tradition in the Architecture of Algarve, Portugal, 1925-1965
  • James Brown of Queen’s University Belfast: A Critique of the Live Project
  • Yara Sharif of the University of Westminster: PhD by Design ‘Searching for Spaces of Possibilities and Spaces of Imagination within the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict’

RIBA President's Awards for Outstanding University-located Research

  • Iain Borden of University College London: Drive: Journeys through Film, Cities and Landscapes
  • Adrian Forty of University College London: Concrete and Culture, A Material History
  • Wayne Forster of the University of Cardiff: Affordable Housing system from locally grown softwoods: Ty Unnos
  • Flora Samuel of the University of Sheffield and Inge Linder-Gaillard of the of the École supérieure d'Art et Design Grenoble-Valence: Sacred Concrete: The Churches of Le Corbusier

RIBA President's Awards for Outstanding Practice-located Research

  • Mike Tonkin of Tonkin Liu: Shell Lace Structure
  • Robert Adam of ADAM architecture: The Globalisation of Modern Architecture: The Impact of Politics, Economics and Social Change on Architecture and Urban Design since 1990
  • Irena Bauman of Bauman Lyons Architects: Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.
  • Bill Dunster of ZEDfactory: ZEDlife

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

"This year’s shortlists were drawn from a large number of interesting and unusually diverse entries. It was pleasing to see that the relatively new Outstanding Masters Award is now becoming established, and particularly good to receive so many submissions in the Outstanding Professional Practice-located Research category.  The panel now have some excellent reading to do over the summer and it will no doubt be a challenging task to select the award winners in October."

The winners will be announced in October and will receive their awards in December at the RIBA Presidents Medals ceremony at 66 Portland Place, London W1.



Notes to editors

  1. For press information contact Howard Crosskey in the RIBA Press Office: 020 7307 3761 howard.crosskey@riba.org
  2. To download a selection of images from the shortlist please visit: https://app.box.com/s/qsy4a9umkb40syb3owxe
  3. Queries about the awards should be sent to email research@riba.org 
  4. 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.
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