RIBA announces £80,000 of support for crucial architectural research

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners of the RIBA Research Trust Awards and the RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship. The RIBA Research Trust Awards are offered annually to support independent architectural research. The RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship is awarded to a student who wishes to pursue, continue, or complete a higher degree in research (PhD/MPhil or MRes).

The 2013 recipients of the RIBA Research Trust Awards who will receive £8,000 each are:

  • Rutter Carroll, ‘Something Concrete and Modern: Post war Architecture in the North East of England’
  • Alan Lewis (University of Manchester), ‘The Mathematization of Daylighting: a history of British architects’ use of the daylight factor’
  • Anna Liu and Mike Tonkin (Tonkin Liu), ‘Shell Lace Structure’
  • Asterios Agkathidis and Rosa Urbano Gutierrez (University of Liverpool), ‘The Aesthetics of Energy Efficient Retrofit: Post-War Social Residential Towers in Britain’

The 2013 recipient of the RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship with support of £16,000 per year for three years is:

  • Helen Stratford (University of Sheffield), ‘Performative Architectures’

RIBA President, Angela Brady said:

“Research is integral to the strategic direction of the RIBA and to the advancement of architecture more generally, and we are delighted to be able to support such important projects with our funding schemes. The quality of applications to the RIBA Research Trust Awards and to the RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship this year was extremely high, and allocating the awards was not an easy task. ”

RIBA Research Grants Sub-committee Chair, Professor Murray Fraser said:

“We are delighted to be able to support such strong and diverse projects through the RIBA Research Trust Awards. It is gratifying that once again we have given funds to practice-based research as well as that happening in academia. Likewise, the RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship this time is given to a candidate who will be working part-time in practice and part-time in university on their design-based doctorate. All this forms part of our aim to link research more closely between practice and academia, which is of benefit to the whole profession.”



Notes to editors

  1. For further press information contact Howard Crosskey in the RIBA Press Office: 020 7307 3761 howard.crosskey@riba.org 
  2. Supporting images for the RIBA Research Trust Awards and the RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship can be downloaded here: https://app.box.com/s/1gib9ks9rjms1pt0311s
  3. More information on the RIBA Research Trust Awards can be found here: http://www.architecture.com/EducationAndCareers/PrizesScholarshipsandBursaries/Supportforresearch/RIBAResearchTrusts/RIBAResearchTrusts.aspx
  4. More information on the RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship can be found here: http://www.architecture.com/EducationAndCareers/PrizesScholarshipsandBursaries/Supportforresearch/RIBAResearchTrusts/LKEOzolinsStudentship/LKEOzolinsStudentship.aspx
  5. The applications were assessed by the RIBA Research Grants sub-committee which comprised:
    • Dolan Conway, past RIBA Council member 
    • Brian Ford, University of Nottingham
    • Murray Fraser, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (Chair)
    • Robert Mitchell, Mitchell Taylor Workshop (RIBA Council member)
    • Sophie Handler, past recipient
    • Alan Jones, Queen's University (RIBA Council member)
    • Flora Samuel, Sheffield University
    • Victoria Thornton, Open City