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​RIBA Gordon Ricketts Fund

The RIBA Gordon Ricketts Fund was launched in 1968, in memory of Gordon Ricketts, Secretary of the RIBA from 1959 until his death in 1968. It is offered biennially to provide grants for RIBA staff to pursue research in a personal field of interest related to architecture.

Past and present members of staff at the RIBA can apply for up to £2,000 to fund their chosen research projects.

The next application cycle will open in the Spring of 2024.

To apply, candidates will need to complete an online application form (full details and guidance notes will be provided). Current RIBA employees will need to ask their Line Manager to complete the Line Manager Approval Form and email it separately to research.funding@riba.org.

If you have any questions about the application process or would like to discuss a project proposal, please get in touch at research.funding@riba.org.

Lamas (entre Tarapoto et Moyabamba). Une procession. Charles Kroehle, 1888-1891, courtesy Musée du quai Branly

2022 recipients

In the 2022 application cycle, we were able to award a total of £2,669.50 to support two projects:

Paddy Gould

The Architectural Plan in Domestic Dreamspace

For most people, the awareness of how architecture affects and facilitates psychological and physical worlds was heightened after the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020-2023, particularly in the domicile. These are sites where we imagine ourselves as individuals, as families, and as communities. For some of us, our space suddenly appeared too small for our needs, and many homes were then adapted to accommodate such a shift. This research investigates specific idiosyncratic cases (including the Neolithic settlement at Skara Brae, architect/owners Jane and Mary Parminter’s extraordinary octagonal home A La Ronde, adaptive architectural propositions, and the extreme interior/exterior transformation of ‘outsider’ artists’ homes) to illustrate how personal worlds exist inside architectural spaces. Ultimately, I intend to undertake a poetically driven investigation into the complex links between the architectural plan, functional and accumulative ornament, and creative dreaming within lived architectural space.

Rodrigo Orrantia Gomez

Global Explorers: Architecture and the Dawn of Modernity through the Lens of Early Photography 1839-1900

This research project focuses of the earliest images of the buildings of colonial outposts across the world, with a specific interest in the Americas, China, and the Far East. I am interested in an early photographic process called Daguerreotype, as the images crated through it are the first direct evidence of how the world looked at the dawn of modernity through the eyes of global explorers.

My aim is to research three of the foremost Daguerreotype collections in the world, which are located in France at the National Library, the Musee D’Orsay and the Musee Du Quai Branly. The Fund will allow me the opportunity to examine these very rare and delicate photographic images (some dating back to the 1840s) and study them as original cultural objects that construed the concepts of modernity, colonial history, and national identity as we understand them today

Previous recipients

2020

Matthew Dowell - Dreamland: The Development of the British Seaside in the Twentieth Century

Kate Hunter - An Exploration of Spatial Design in Virtual Environments within Online Immersive Events

Liam Peacock - Architecture of Maintenance and Mobility

Chloe Spiby Loh - Orientalism as Othering

Read the report submitted to the RIBA by Chloe Spiby Loh at the end of 2020 project (PDF).

2018

Jonathan Baker - The Old in the New: Comparing the Symbolic Use of Spolia and Reclaimed Materials in Late Antique and Contemporary Architecture

Paul Overend - LGBTQ Spaces and Places: A Look at the Architectural History of the Vernacular

Wilson Yau - A Legacy in Paper and Stone: How te Architecture, Culture and Urban Planning of Cities from Liverpool to Shanghai Were Shaped by the British Empire and its Architects

Read more about Wilson's project.

2016

Thomas Mills - Portrait of an Industry: Scotch Whisky Distilleries and their Communities

Michèle Woodger - Letter-Cutting in London: A Database of Hand-Carved Lettering in London

2014

Ruth Hynes - Industrial Heritage and Urban Place-Making: The Impact of Twentieth Century Industrial Architecture on Shaping Urban Space

Katherine Pelton - 50 Years Later: The Legacy of the New Towns Act (1946)

2012

Valeria Carullo - Rationalism on Set: Architecture, Cinema and Photography in 1930s Italy

Rebecca Robert-Hughes - A Case Study of Chandigarh, to Examine the Influence of Georges Bataille's Theory of Transgression on the Work of Le Corbusier

Get in touch

If you would like to know more about any of the projects listed above, please get in touch.

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