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RIBA President's Awards for Research

RIBA President's Awards for Research medal

​​RIBA President's Awards For Research

Celebrating the best research in the fields of architecture and the built environment

The RIBA is now welcoming entries for the 2019 President’s Awards for Research, which includes the RIBA President’s Medal for Research.

We invite all those conducting research related to architecture and the built environment to submit work that has been completed after 1 January 2018. We welcome individual efforts and encourage collaborative projects between academia, architectural practice and other related disciplines, as well as from professionals and students across the construction industry.

Benjamin Derbyshire, President, RIBA:

"I believe the future of our profession lies in building a body of knowledge through collaborative research. Indeed, it is imperative that the Institute brokers opportunities, aggregates findings and communicates outcomes of research as we look to the future. It seems particularly topical that the theme for the President’s Awards for Research this year will be 'Building in Quality', complimenting as it does the recent piloting of the ‘Quality Tracker’ tool, which is being developed in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)."

Award winners and their research will gain exposure to a considerable audience through RIBA media releases, publications and events. All abstracts will be published in the 2019 Book of Abstracts and the winners of each category will have their papers published in the Journal of Architecture in 2020 (subject to editorial review). The best of the category winners will be awarded the RIBA President’s Medal for Research.

This year’s annual theme has been chosen to support the work of the RIBA collaboration with CIOB and RICS addressing quality and transparency in design and construction.This year's submissions categories are:

  • Annual Theme – Building in Quality
  • Design and Technical
  • Cities and Community
  • History and Theory

All applicants MUST read the Submission Guidelines 

Entries are submitted online via the Online Submission Form

Submissions close 3 June, 2019 (at midnight, British Summer Time)

Submissions must be anonymised and consist of:

  • 300-word Abstract 
  • 1,000-word Research Statement 
  • 5,000 to 10,000-word Research Document (maximum of 12 images)

Submissions will be judged by a multi-disciplinary panel of judges against the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Rigor
  • Communication
  • Impact

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