Funding worth £35,000 for architectural research awarded

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners of the RIBA Research Trust Awards and the RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship. The RIBA Research Trust Awards are offered annually to support independent architectural research. The RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship supports architecture students or recent graduates by providing an opportunity to undergo a period of imaginative and original research and travel.

The 2014 recipients of the RIBA Research Trust Awards are:

  • Je Ahn & Maria Smith for ‘Independence & Privacy in Co-Housing’ - £10,000
  • Christian Frost for ‘From Medieval House to Palazzo: Dwelling, festival and ritual in late medieval Florence’- £2,350
  • Iain Jackson & Peter Richmond for ‘The Architecture of Herbert Rowse: Monumental Modernism of interwar Britain’ - £7,650
  • Guan Lee & Eleanor Morgan for ‘Clay Robotics: Sustainable practice in a digital world’ - £10,000

The 2014 recipient of the £5,000 RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship is:

  • Matthew Lucraft (currently a Part 1 qualified Architectural Assistant at Threefold Architects) for ‘Resurget Ceneribus: The Nascent Revival of Detroit’

RIBA President, Stephen Hodder said:

“Congratulations to the winning recipients for their compelling proposals. In different ways, all of these projects will be beneficial to the advancement of architecture and I look forward to seeing the findings in due course.

“I’m proud RIBA is championing essential architectural research; it is vital for our profession as it enables us to evolve and discover innovative solutions to many of the challenges we face today.”

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

“From an incredibly high number of applications received for the RIBA Research Trust Awards this year, we are delighted to choose these four outstanding projects. They give an excellent spread of intensive academic studies and innovative design research work. We were equally impressed with Matthew’s application to the RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship, and are eager to see the results of his research into community-driven regeneration schemes in Detroit.”


Notes to editors

  1. For further press information please contact Howard Crosskey in the RIBA Press Office or 020 7307 3761
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  3. The applications were assessed by the RIBA Research Grants sub-committee which comprises: 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 and Victoria Thornton, Open City.
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Posted on Friday 1st August 2014