Video: RIBA President's Medals 2008
The RIBA President's Medals 2008 were awarded on Wednesday night (3 December). Highlights of the evening included Andrew MacMillan and Isi Metzstein receiving the Annie Spink award, given biennially in recognition of an outstanding contribution to architectural education.
Metzstein and MacMillan have received several awards this year, including an honorary degree from the Glasgow School of Art and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the RIAS (Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland). During their impromptu acceptance speech (see video below), MacMillan joked that this year's award ceremonies have been like 'having a preview of your obituary'.
The other big winners on the night were Wynne Leung and Francesco Matteo Belfiore from the University of Greenwich, who took home the Bronze Medal for their Invisible University Library project for Part 1 - an imaginative re-use of a ruined building for the Hay-on-Wye literary festival.
The Silver Medal for a Part II project went to James Tait from the University of Strathclyde for Time and Tide for Seaweed - which revitalises a seaside town in Scotland by introducing a thriving seaweed industry.
The Dissertation Medal went to Dominic Severs of the University of Westminster for her historical analysis of the Victorian St Giles-in-the-Fields rookery and the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham.
Please see our AJ/RIBA President's Medals 2008 supplement (distributed with 4 December issue of the AJ) for full details on all the winners, commendations and special awards.