Sunday20 August 2017

RIBA president hands out medals for research

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Steve Parnell and Alastair Parvin among recipients

The RIBA has awarded its annual President’s Awards for Research.

Prizes are awarded in four categories, the winners are:

  • RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding Master’s Degree Thesis

Amy Thomas of the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL for her thesis ‘’Mart of the World’: An architectural and geographical history of the London Stock Exchange’

  • RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis

Steve Parnell of the University of Sheffield for his thesis ‘Architectural Design, 1954-1972 : The contribution of the architectural magazine to the writing of architectural history’

  • RIBA President’s Awards for Outstanding University-located Research

Harry Charrington of the University of Bath for his book ‘Alvar Aalto: Conversations with the atelier’  

  • RIBA President’s Awards for Outstanding Practice-located Research

Alastair Parvin of Architecture 00:/ in collaboration with the University of Sheffield for the publication ‘A Right to Build’

RIBA president Angela Brady said: “Congratulations to all of this year’s winners, your research is hugely appreciated and highly valued across the profession.

“Research into architecture provides a lasting legacy to all in the profession and reminds us of the importance of innovation and strategic thinking in our everyday work.”

Chair of the judging panel, Greg Penoyre of Penoyre & Prasad, said: “Significantly, in a number of cases the practice-located and university-located research categories had overlaps in terms of funding and resource, which suggests the positive integration and collaboration between practice and academia, and further reinforces the strong relationship between design and research.”


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