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RIBA launches Research Medal design contest

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The RIBA has launched a design competition for its new President’s Medal for Research

The new medal – to be awarded annually as part of the president’s Research Awards Scheme – will sit alongside the institute’s prestigious Gold, Silver, and Bronze President’s Medals.

Open to architects, designers and craftspeople – the contest seeks proposals which ‘reflect the history of the President’s Medals, the importance of research to RIBA’s mission and activities and the impact of research on architectural practice more broadly.’

RIBA president Stephen Hodder said: ‘The new President’s Medal for Research will recognise and celebrate world class architectural research.’

He continued: ‘For 10 years, the RIBA has taken seriously the achievements of students and researchers in original technical and cultural research through our research awards programme.’

He added: ‘The medal will reflect the important contribution and impact that research has on innovation in practice, and the heritage of our own history of medal commissioning. We welcome thoughtful and bold designs for this unique opportunity.’

Judges will include the RIBA president, past president and Philip Attwood – keeper of coins and medals at the British Museum and president of the British Art Medal Society.

 Applicants will initially be asked to detail relevant their experience and any recent examples of work alongside a brief statement outlining their design proposal. This information will then be anonymised prior to judging.

Six shortlisted teams will then receive £250 each to provide full drawings and proposals for the medal. The winner will take home a £2,000 cash prize.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 9am on 10 August.


How to apply

 Visit the competition website for more information

 Contact details

 Email: MedalComp@riba.org




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