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RIBA President's Awards For Research

​​RIBA President's Awards For Research

The 2017 President’s Awards for Research will be open 1 May to 31 May 2017

Submissions are welcome across four categories:

  • Design + Technical
  • Cities + Community
  • History + Theory
  • And the 2017 Annual Theme: Housing

Submissions can be made via the following link:

RIBA President's Awards for Research 2017 - Submissions Form

Please read the Submissions Guidelines thoroughly in order to complete your submission form correctly and maximise your chance of success.

Submission Guidelines 2017

If you have any queries about the awards, please email research@riba.org or call +44(0)20 7307 3714.

Winner of the 2016 President's Medal for Research& 'History & Theory' category: Asmara – Africa’s Modernist City: UNESCO World Heritage Nomination Edward Denison (pictured centre), Medhanie Teklemariam and Dawit Abraha, Asmara Heritage Project, Eritrea

The annual awards celebrate the best research in the fields of architecture and the built environment. In 2016 a record-breaking 75 submissions were received from 14 countries with a significant number of practice-based entries. The winners of the President's Awards for Research 2016 were announced at the President’s Medals ceremony on 7 December, 2016.

The work submitted 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 and Brussels.

The breadth of topics are just as diverse and you can read about all of them in the Book of Abstracts.

President's Awards for Research 2016 publications:

Winner of the 2016 President’s Medal for Research and winner of the category ‘History and Theory’
Winner of the Annual Theme – ‘Learning from Projects’ and highly commended
Winner of the category ‘Cities and Community’
Winner of the category ‘Design and Technical’
Commended
  • Palestine Regeneration Team (PART)
    Dr Yara Sharif & Dr Nasser Golzari, Golzari-NG Architects, PART and University of Westminster, UK;
    Prof Murray Fraser, Bartlett School of Architecture and PART, UK
  • UK’s First Amphibious House. Can-float Amphibious Building
    Richard Coutts & Robert Barker, Baca Architects, UK

Winner of the Design & Technical category: Supertall Timber: Design Research for the next generation of natural structure. Dr Michael Ramage and Dr Rob Foster, University of Cambridge, UK Simon Smith, Smith and Wallwork, UK Kevin Flanagan & Ron Bakker, PLP / Architecture, UK. © PLP Architecture

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

Cities and Community
  • 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 & 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
Design and Technical
  • 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
History and Theory
  • 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
Annual Theme - Learning from Projects
  • 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

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