The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today (Tuesday 19 January) announced the recipient of the RIBA President’s Medal for Research and the winners of the President’s Awards for Research, which celebrate the best research in the fields of architecture and the built environment.
The winner of the 2020 RIBA President’s Medal for Research is Richard Beckett from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, for ‘Probiotic Design.’ Through exploring the integral role of bacteria in human health, Richard proposes a design approach that reintroduces beneficial bacteria to create healthy buildings.
Probiotic Design was selected from winners of the 2020 RIBA President’s Awards for Research, which were given in four categories: Climate Change, Cities and Community, Design and Technical and History and Theory.
Louisa Bowles, Jake Attwood-Harris, Raheela Khan-Fitzgerald and Ben Robinson of Hawkins\Brown
Cities and Community:
Eli Hatleskog, University of Bristol and University of the Arts London; Flora Samuel, University of Reading
Design and Technical:
Richard Beckett, Bartlett School of Architecture
History and Theory:
Lukasz Stanek, The University of Manchester
RIBA President, Alan Jones, said:
“Research is an important aspect of the architects’ profession, informing how we address the major issues facing the industry, government, society and the world at large. I congratulate the 2020 RIBA President’s Research Award winners for rising to the top and being recognised for the high quality and potential impact of their work. The RIBA President’s Research Medal winner, Probiotic Design, is an impressive, unique and innovative approach to creating healthy buildings. Research can be found across many areas of practice and business, academia, institutes and disciplines, and it’s crucial that we continue to celebrate and support the important role research has in our futures.”
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- The jury for the RIBA President’s Awards for Research 2020 was chaired by Marylis Ramos (Director at PRP Architects) and was comprised of Professor Christine Wall (Reader of Architecture and Cities, University of Westminster), Professor Chris Tweed (Head of School of Architecture & Director of the Centre for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment, Cardiff University), Dr Cristina Cerulli (Reader in Architecture, Sheffield Hallam University) and Dr Tilo Amhoff (Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Design, University of Brighton).
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Cole Roskam, University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
Constructing climate: The Hong Kong Observatory and meteorological networks within the British imperial sphere, 1842-1912
Cities and Community:
Alex Young Il Seo, University of Cambridge (UK)
Constructing frontier villages: human habitation in the South Korean borderlands after the Korean War
History and Theory:
Jingru (Cyan) Cheng, Royal College of Art (UK)
Alternative modernism: the architecture of China's people's commune