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RIBA President's Awards for Research

The RIBA President’s Awards for Research were established in 2006 with the aim of promoting and celebrating the best of research in the field of architecture and the built environment that contributes to new knowledge and understanding of architecture and the practice of architecture.

This year's annual theme is Education, inviting researchers examining the changing face of architectural education, particularly in line with the RIBA's education themes and values to submit their latest work. The theme is, of course, broadly conceived and submissions concerning the development of architectural education, pedagogy, CPD, the influence of architecture on education, and more, were encouraged.

Submission categories:

  • Annual theme: Education
  • Cities and Community
  • Design and Technical
  • History and Theory

Judging panel 2021

The judging panel is selected from across the profession (including practitioners and academics) and intended to reflect the diverse range of subject matter as well as expertise, experience and background.  We are delighted to announce this year’s panel:

Chair: Professor Tim Sharpe – Head of the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde

  • Julia Roberts - Partner, Education and Research Sector Lead Hawkins/Brown
  • Fran Bradshaw – Partner, Anne Thorne Architects and AECB Trustee
  • Dr Deljana Iossifova – Associate Professor of Urban Studies, School of Environment, Education and Development at the University of Manchester and Director of the Confucius Institute 
  •  Tumpa Husna Yasmin Fellows – Architect and Co-founder of Our Building Design and Mannan Foundation Trust, Researcher and Founder of FAME collective and Academic at London School of Architecture
  • Professor Adam Sharr – Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University
  • Dr Susie West – Senior Lecturer in Art History and Heritage, Open University and Trustee at the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain

Learn more about the 2021 judging panellists here.  

The Book of Abstracts will be published later in the year and will contain entries for both 2020 and 2021.  The book provides a snap shot of the research being undertaken across the profession and is intended, not only to encourage submissions for next year’s awards but also to foster further collaboration, discussion, and debate with those whose work is presented.

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