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The President's Medals

The President's Medals are the Royal Institute of British Architects' international awards scheme, celebrating the talent of outstanding students nominated by Schools of Architecture worldwide.An internationally renowned judging panel selects the award winners, including the Bronze Medal for Part 1, the Silver Medal for Part 2, and the Dissertation Medal.

The winning projects featured in this supplement offer a unique insight into our schools of architecture.

All of this year's entries can be viewed at www. presidentsmedals. com The enthusiasm and talent of our best graduates gives me great confidence for the future. I am always struck by the capacity of our students to embrace knowledge and technologies that push the boundaries of architectural design.Practitioners understandably sometimes criticise submissions as 'impractical', and so may some of them be, but it is not the sole purpose of architectural education to design the buildable, or the intention of the President's Medals to reward only those who work within the boundaries of what is plausible.

For who knows what new opportunities and technologies will emerge? Who can anticipate the challenges that lie ahead? If architects are to lead the development of our environment, we must have confidence that today's graduates will not only bring the essential skills of immediate use, but also the creative abilities to respond to a continually changing context.

Finally, the RIBA is grateful for the generosity of the President's Medals'sponsors and supporters - in particular, our main sponsor, The Concrete Centre, Service Point for its printing services including 'Visions for the Future', Graphisoft, John McAslan and the SOM Foundation.

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