RIBA President's Awards For Research 2016

The RIBA President’s Awards for Research 2016 shortlist has been announced.

The annual awards celebrate the best research in the fields of architecture and the built environment. This year, a record-breaking 75 submissions were received from 14 countries with a significant number of practice-based entries.

The work submitted this year provides a glimpse of the global workings and interactions of architects, students and academics and includes field work and case studies from Lagos, Asmara, Melbourne, London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Gaza, Margate, Gujarat, Birmingham, Lillehammer, Sofia, Jakarta, Oxford, Athens, Delhi, Chicago, Harlow, Yeruham, Brussels, Oxford and Athens. 

The breadth of topics are just as diverse and you can read about all of them in the President's Awards for Research 2016 - Book of Abstracts.


  • The shortlist for each category in the President's Awards for Research 2016 is as follows:


  • The Common Camp: Temporary Settlements as a Spatio-political Instrument in Israel-Palestine
    Dr Irit Katz, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Palestine Regeneration Team (PART)
    Dr Yara Sharif, Golzari NG Architects and PART, UK;
  • Dr Nasser Golzari, Golzari-NG Architects, PART and University of Westminster, UK; Prof Murray Fraser, Bartlett School of Architecture and PART, UK
  • Living Well with Dementia at Home: Understanding the Role of the Home Environment
    Dia Soilemezi, University of Portsmouth, UK


  • Supertall Timber: Design Research for the Next Generation of Natural Structure
    DrMichael Ramage and Dr Rob Foster, University of Cambridge, UK
    Simon Smith, Smith and Wallwork, UK
    Kevin Flanagan & Ron Bakker, PLP / Architecture, UK
  • UK’s First Amphibious House. Can-float Amphibious Building
    Richard Coutts, Baca Architects, UK
    Robert Barker, Forrest Mews (Formerly Baca Architects), UK
  • The SPAB Building Performance Survey 2015 Report
    Caroline Rye and Cameron Scott, ArchiMetrics Ltd, UK



  • Asmara – Africa’s Modernist City: UNESCO World Heritage Nomination 
    Edward Denison, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UK
    Medhanie Teklemariam and Dawit Abraha, Asmara Heritage Project, Eritrea
  • The Texture of Politics: London’s Anarchists Clubs 1882-1914 
    Jonathan Moses, Royal Holloway University London, UK
  • ‘Spotless Lilies and Foul Smelling Weeds’: Architecture and Moral Cleanliness in Victorian Magdelen Convents
    Kate Jordan, Bartlett School of Architecture, UK



  • Make Public: Performing Public Housing in Ernö Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower 
    David Roberts, Bartlett School of Architecture, UK
  • Hybrid Building and Hybrid Practitioner: An Unbuilt Clan-
    Community Hall in a Chinese Natural Village
    Xiang Ren, Sheffield School of Architecture, UK
  • Low-energy, In-situ Refurbishment and Building Performance Evaluation of a Historic Town Council Building
    Prof Rajat Gupta and Dr Adorkor Bruce-Konuah, Oxford Brookes University, UK
    Adrian Kite, Ridge & Partners LLP, UK
    Alex Towler & Nicole Lazarus, Bioregional, UK 
    Susan Mackrell, Bicester Town Council, UK
    • After selecting the award winners in each respective category, the judges award the Research Medal to the strongest overall award winner. The Awards and Medal are given out at a special ceremony in early December alongside the RIBA President's Medals.
  • The Next call for entries will open in early 2017. RIBA accepts research submissions from right across the built environment sector and beyond; recognising the interdisciplinary nature of architectural research.  





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Peter Clegg, MA(Cantab) MEnvD RIBA RDI 

Senior Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Peter Clegg established Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with Richard Feilden in 1978. Regarded as a key pioneer in the field of environmental design, he has more than 30 years’ experience in low energy architecture and is actively involved in research, design and education.

His active involvement in education projects includes a new School of Engineering in Toronto and an Academy in Bangladesh.

His work in this sector led him to become primary author of recently published Learning from Schools, which focuses on FCBStudios' award-winning school building programme. He was made Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in 2010.

Shumi Bose

Senior Lecturer, Central St Martins
Director, Real Foundation
Shumi Bose is an architectural historian, educator, editor and curator. She teaches at Central Saint Martins and at the Architectural Association in London.

Previously Senior Editor at Blueprint magazine, Shumi contributes to various academic and trade journals and recently co-founded the Real Review with Jack Self.

In 2016 she is the co-curator of Home Economics, the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale’s 15th Exhibition of Architecture, together with Jack Self and Finn Williams.

Amica Dall

Director, Assemble
Amica is a founder-member of Assemble, and has lead on much of their community-based work. She has taught around the world on urban childhood and the relationship between design, social and political life.

Much for her current work focuses on play and children in the city, including 'The Voice of Children', an on-going research project on urban childhood, part of which will be presented at the Venice Biennale 2016.

Amica is currently designer in residence with Giles Smith at Chapter Arts Center in the UK. She holds an MA in the Anthropology of the Built Environment, and is an member of Theatrum Mundi, a practice-based research group based at London School of Economics. 

Hattie Hartman

Sustainability Editor, 'The Architects’ Journal'

Hattie Hartman is an architect, planner and journalist. Raised in the US and trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), she has been based in London since 1991. Hattie is sustainability editor at The Architects’ Journal, a position she created in 2008 after joining the journal’s editorial team in 2006.

She is responsible for the AJ’s dedicated coverage of sustainable design and maintains close relationships with leading practitioners in the UK and abroad. 

She frequently lectures on mainstreaming green design and various technical aspects of sustainability. In her role at the AJ, she judges the annual AJ100 Most Sustainable Practice award, which includes practice-based research.

Professor Robert Mull

Robert Mull was a founder of NATO (Narrative Architecture Today). NATO made projects, staged exhibitions and actions and produced a magazine exploring the relationship between art, architecture and the DIY movement of the 1980s.

Since then Mull has taught in many contexts, holding visiting professorships at the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna and the Technical Universities in Vienna and Innsbruck and teaching at the AA and in the USA, Seoul, Taiwan, Moscow, Berlin and Lima.

Mull has been the chair of SCHOSA – the body that represents the Heads of Schools of Architecture. Mull became conjoint Dean of the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design and the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design in 2010 and brought them together to form a new Faculty, The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, known simply as The Cass where he was Dean, Director of Architecture and ran the Free Unit from 2012 to 2016.

Mull also established a new school of Architecture in Moscow. Currently Mull is Visiting Professor at the University of Umea and a partner in Beevor Mull Architects.

Dr Aylin Orbasli, BArch DPhil

Reader in Architectural Regeneration, Oxford Brookes University

Focusing on the fields of building conservation, urban regeneration and heritage management I combine international consultancy practice with academic research and teaching.

Consultancy assignments located in the Middle East and elsewhere have directly informed and provided material for my research and also shape a live-project approach I adopt in teaching.

Critically, this research also underpins the consultancy and contributes to the development of innovative approaches to problem solving.

Recent and ongoing projects include a heritage-led regeneration strategy for Mallow in Ireland; tourism development plans and management plans for both urban and archaeological sites in Saudi Arabia and the development of a management plan methodology for Petra in Jordan.

In parallel, a research council-funded collaborative research project on community-led heritage regeneration in Agra, India has provided an opportunity to engage students in integrated research-design practices.

Professor Chris Platt

Head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture, The Glasgow School of Art
Founding Director, studioKAP architects

Christopher Platt is Head and Professor of Architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art and a director of studioKAP architects.

He is involved in research-driven practice and practice-based research writing on a wide range of issues overlapping practice and academia.

He has lectured and taught widely across the UK, Europe, Ethiopia, Malaysia and China. His academic appointments include invited memberships to revalidation boards and external examination bodies.

His media appearances include TV, radio and YouTube. A book, ‘Dwelling with Architecture’ written with Rod Kemsley was published by Routledge in March 2012    

Judging Process 



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