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RIBA and Scott Brownrigg launch annual £5,000 prize fund to support sustainability research

We've launched the RIBA Scott Brownrigg Award for Sustainable Development, a new initiative to boost research projects on sustainability.

11 May 2022

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Scott Brownrigg have launched the RIBA Scott Brownrigg Award for Sustainable Development, a new initiative to boost research projects on sustainability.

The Award, now calling for applications, funds research to address environmental and ethical issues and enhance the quality of life of communities across the globe.

It will offer £5,000 to an individual or team to develop an architecture research project, lasting between three and twelve months, that focuses on one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

RIBA President Simon Allford said:

“We’re delighted to partner with Scott Brownrigg on this new research programme, that further confirms our commitment as signatories of the UN Global Compact. The Award will encourage innovative and critical research, which will help the built environment better support sustainable development across the globe. I strongly encourage applications from cross-disciplinary teams, students, graduates and qualified architects and look forward to reviewing the submitted proposals.”

Head of Sustainability at Scott Brownrigg Mario Vieira said:

“As an international practice and signatory of the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge, Architects Declare and the UN Global Compact, we acknowledge our responsibility and the opportunity we have to enrich lives through the built environment. The RIBA Scott Brownrigg Award for Sustainable Development gives us a fantastic vehicle to support and invest in emerging talent and develop the new ideas required to address the complex global issues we face today.”

The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 24 June 2022. For more information and to apply, visit here.


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  2. The UN Sustainable Development Goals:
  • Goal 1: No Poverty
  • Goal 2: Zero Hunger
  • Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 5: Gender Equality
  • Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Goal 10: Reduced Inequality
  • Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Goal 13: Climate Action
  • Goal 14: Life Below Water
  • Goal 15: Life on Land
  • Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals
  1. The RIBA Sustainable Outcomes Guide outlines eight sustainable outcomes that correspond to key UN Sustainable Development Goals and can be delivered on building projects. Find out more here.
  2. Scott Brownrigg: We are a global design leader ranked 17th largest in the UK and within the Global Top 100 architectural practices. We have a vision to transform the industry and enrich lives through the built environment to create a better world. We undertake projects across all major sectors from business space, education, residential and mixed use through to advanced technologies, hospitality, civic and cultural, transport and defence. We have studios across the UK in London, Edinburgh, Guildford and Cardiff and international studios in New York, Singapore and Amsterdam. These together with strategic alliances in the Middle East and Hong Kong enable us to serve our growing international client and project base. We live for opportunities to push ourselves, creatively, in business and as a team.
  3. 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. Follow @RIBA on Twitter for regular updates.

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