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Parnell among winners of RIBA President’s Award for Research

AJ contributor Steve Parnell has been recognised for his thesis on the contribution of magazines to architectural history

Earlier today the RIBA announced the winners of its award for architectural research. The awards recognize ‘outstanding research in the field of architecture’.

The winners were chosen from a shortlist of sixteen finalists.

The winners of the four categories were:

  • RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis
    Steve Parnell of the University of Sheffield: Architectural Design, 1954-1972: The contribution of the architectural magazine to the writing of architectural history
  • RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding Master’s Degree Thesis
    Amy Thomas of the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL: Mart of the World: An architectural and geographical history of the London Stock Exchange
  • RIBA President’s Awards for Outstanding University-located Research
    Harry Charrington of the University of Bath: Alvar Aalto: Conversations with the atelier
  • RIBA President’s Awards for Outstanding Practice-located Research
    Alistair Parvin of Architecture 00:/ in collaboration with the University of Sheffield: A Right to Build

Judge’s comments

Greg Penoyre of Penoyre & Prasad said:

‘We are always keen to encourage entries from practice, and this year’s shortlist demonstrated the high standard and diverse subject matter and scope of research in practice, making for challenging judging.  

‘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.

‘The panel read a fascinating set of submissions across a broad range of research topics. In its first year the Masters category was particularly rewarding and I’m looking forward to seeing this exciting award develop in the future.’

RIBA president Angela Brady said:

‘The RIBA President’s Awards for Research highlight and reward the outstanding research in architecture that is taking place across the country. 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.’

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