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The President's Medals is the RIBA's international awards scheme for architecture students. This is one of my favourite evenings at the RIBA, when we fill Portland Place with students, proud parents and eminent architects to celebrate the very best work nominated by schools of architecture throughout the world.

A panel of internationally renowned judges has selected the winners, including the Bronze Medal for Part 1, Silver Medal for Part 2, and the Dissertation Medal. This programme, which originated in the 1850s, attracts entries from more than 100 schools of architecture throughout the world. The winning projects offer a unique insight into the best student work in the world of architectural education. The RIBA strongly believes in investing in the future of the profession through supporting and championing architectural education. With a growing group of over 9,000 student members of the RIBA who are involved in validated professional architectural education, the institute is continually supporting members to develop the capacity to join and to lead the chartered architects of the future. By publicising the excellent work of students, the President's Medals awards provide an exciting image of the future of architecture. The RIBA works closely with partners and I am very grateful to those who have generously contributed to this programme. I especially want to thank our sponsors and supporters - our principal sponsor, Atkins, and also iGuzzini, the SOM Foundation, Paul Davis & Partners, and many practices, including Lord Foster for the first year - without all of whom this spirited event and publication would not be possible.

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