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THE PRESIDENTS MEDALS 2004

THE PRESIDENTS MEDALS 2004

The President's Medals are the Royal Institute of British Architects' international awards scheme, celebrating the talent of students nominated by schools of architecture worldwide. A panel of internationally renowned judges selects the award winners, including the Bronze Medal for Part 1, Silver Medal for Part 2 and the Dissertation Medal. The wining projects featured in this supplement offer a unique insight into the best student work in architectural education.

This year, in addition to the long-established travelling scholarships from SOM, there are new awards from iGuzzini, taking a Part 1 student and a Part 2 student to the company's factory in Recanati, Italy.

All of this year's entries can be viewed at www. presidentsmedals. com The President's Medals are the Royal Institute of British Architects' international awards scheme, celebrating the talent of students nominated by schools of architecture validated by the RIBA worldwide. A panel of internationally renowned judges selects the award winners, including the Bronze Medal for Part 1, Silver Medal for Part 2 and the Dissertation Medal. The winning projects featured in this supplement offer a unique insight into the best student work in architectural education.

The President's Medals are a fitting celebration of some of the outstanding talent and projects that come out of architectural schools. The RIBA is particularly proud of its international involvement and I am delighted to have been able to kickstart such a significant change in the Institute's relationship with students by launching the new membership scheme that starts on 1January 2005. It is a move intended to contribute to the breaking down of all barriers between architectural students, the schools and practitioners and will, I hope, reinvigorate the Institute with the energy that is so evident in the work illustrated here.

I am very grateful to all who have dedicated so much to all this, and of course to our sponsors and supporters - in particular our main sponsor, Atkins, and also iGuzzini, the SOM Foundation and several architectural practices - without whose generosity this spirited event and publication would not be possible.

SIMON ALLFORD Simon Allford was born in London in 1961. He was educated at Hampstead Comprehensive, the University of Sheffield and the Bartlett School of Architecture. Previously working at Nicholas Grimshaw and BDP, he co-founded Allford Hall Monaghan Morris in 1989. AHMM is an awardwinning practice that has designed a broad range of building types and is also involved in large-scale masterplanning. During the past 15 years the office has grown from four to 60 people with budgets ranging from £2 to more than £50 million. Allford is visiting professor at The Bartlett, UCL, a member of the Architectural Association Council and honorary treasurer. He is chairman of RIBA Premises Committee and vice-president of RIBA Education. He is also an advisor to the President's Medals and the Policy and Strategy Groups. Allford is a member of CABE's Design Review Committee and has chaired and judged numerous international awards and competitions. He is a regular contributor to TV and radio, discussing the work of his practice and architecture in general. Since January this year he has had a weekly column in The Architects' Journal.

DAVID CHIPPERFIELD Born in London in 1953, David Chipperfield studied at Kingston Polytechnic and at the Architectural Association, graduating in 1978. He worked in the practices of Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster, before establishing his own, David Chipperfield Architects, in 1984. It has completed numerous commissions, notably RIBA Award winners River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames;

Kaistrasse Studios, D³sseldorf; Ernsting Service Centre, Coesfeld-Lette; a house in Galicia; and most recently the new studio for Antony Gormley. Principal current projects are Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Alaska; Ansaldo City of Cultures, Milan; BBC Scotland Pacific Quay, Glasgow; City of Justice, Barcelona; Figge Art Museum, Davenport; Gallerie 'Hinter dem Giesshaus 1', Berlin; Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield; Natural History Museum of Verona; Neues Museum, Berlin; Palace of Justice, Salerno and the extension to the San Michele Cemetery Island in Venice. Chipperfield is visiting professor at the London Institute and was professor of architecture at Alghero University and visiting professor at the Naples School of Architecture in 2003. In 1999, he was awarded the Tessenow Gold Medal.

LOUISA HUTTON Louisa Hutton is a partner at sauerbruch hutton architects, now based in Berlin. The work of the partnership has become known for its serious engagement with issues of sustainability, in that its concern for the economic use of resources - both natural and urban - is juxtaposed and extended into the idiosyncratic of spaces on all scales.

Completed projects have been awarded national and international prizes, and the partnership's work has been the subject of various exhibitions and monographs. Hutton is a commissioner for CABE, and is a guest lecturer at many universities nationally and internationally.

DR PATRIK SCHUMACHER Patrik Schumacher is a partner and director at Zaha Hadid Architects and teaches at the master degree programme 'Design Research Laboratory' at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. He studied philosophy and architecture in Bonn, Stuttgart and London. He completed his Dr.Phil at the Institute for Cultural Science at Klagenfurt University.

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