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RIBA President's Awards for Research

RIBA President's Awards for Research medal

​​RIBA President's Medal For Research Winner

Dr Tania Sengupta for Papered Spaces: Clerical Practices, Materialities and Spatial Cultures of Provincial Governance in Bengal, Colonial India, 1820s-1860s

2019 winner announced

The President’s Awards for Research celebrate the best research in the fields of architecture and the built environment.

The 2019 RIBA President’s Medal for Research was presented to the winner of the History and Theory category: Dr Tania Sengupta of the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London for ‘Papered Spaces: Clerical Practices, Materialities and Spatial Cultures of Provincial Governance in Bengal, Colonial India, 1820s-1860s’.

Dr Sengupta’s research examines the architecture, spaces and material culture associated with colonial paper-bureaucracy in Bengal. Focusing on the colonial cutcherry (office complex) that formed the centre of its zilla sadar (provincial administrative) towns, she looks at the roles, spatial relationships and design developments of such ‘papered spaces’ as record rooms and clerical offices.

Find out more about ‘Papered Spaces: Clerical Practices, Materialities and Spatial Cultures of Provincial Governance in Bengal, Colonial India, 1820s-1860s’.

The Research Medal is awarded to the best work from the winners of the four categories: Cities and Community; Design and Technical; History and Theory; and the annual theme, which this year was ‘Building in Quality’.

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Image: Cutcherry, Munger, 1860s, by unknown photographer. Copyright: The British Library Board, Photo 798(94)

2019 Book of Abstracts

View all the abstracts for the papers submitted this year.

2019 Research awards shortlist

Cities and community

Design and technical

History and theory

Annual theme: Building in quality

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