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