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Presidents Awards for Research 2016 shortlist

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today (22 September 2016) announced the shortlist for the 2016 President’s Awards for Research.

The annual awards celebrate the best research in the fields of architecture and the built environment. This year, a record-breaking 75 submissions were received from 14 countries.

The shortlist for the 2016 President's Awards for Research 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, Golzari NG Architects and PART, UK
  • 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

  • Dr Michael 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

Dr Kat Martindale, RIBA Head of Research and Innovation, said:

“We were thrilled to receive so many research projects this year, and from all over the world. The work submitted provides a glimpse of the global workings and interactions of architects, students and academics but it has been the number of collaborations that have stood out this year.”

Peter Clegg, Chair of the judging panel and Senior Partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, said:

“Research is embedded in architectural best practice: innovation depends on it, conceptual thought demands it and the profession needs to recognise it more than it does at present.”

“We were gratified therefore that the redefinition of the RIBA President’s Awards for Research has resulted in an unprecedented increase in responses from practice, as well as a record number of submissions from the UK and around the world.”


Notes to editors:

  1. For further press information contact: Callum Reilly 020 7307 3757
  2. For general enquiries about the awards contact
  3. The RIBA President's Awards for Research were established in order to reward and encourage outstanding research in architecture carried out by students, academics and practitioners. The awards are given in four categories: Cities and Community, Design and Technical, History and Theory and an annual theme, which this year was Learning From Projects.
  4. The Royal Institute of British Architects (@RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment.

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