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The Presidents medals 2001

A wide variety of dissertations is now undertaken at RIBA-recognised schools of architecture around the world, and to reflect this diversity the judges explicitly welcome studies of the widest possible range of subjects, methodologies and presentations. Whatever form they might take, the very best of these dissertations are highly original, rigorous, thoughtful and often entertaining enquiries into architectural discourse. Every year the panel is impressed by the quality of what they read, and this year has been no exception. This year a Dissertation Medal is being awarded for the first time, along with a prize to the tutor for the winning dissertation. Another innovation has been the introduction of a guest international judge, Professor Ed Soja, on to the panel.

Routledge and Spon Press are delighted to join forces in supporting the RIBA President's Medals for Architectural Education 2001.

Together Routledge and Spon Press form a strong presence in the world of architecture and built environment publishing: from Spon's established annual price information, through books on building and materials science and technology to our Routledge range of books on architectural history and theory - along the way we publish books on architectural practice and management, building design guides and key texts on urban form and sustainability. Some of the books recently well received by students include: An Architecture Notebook; Rethinking Architecture; Occupying Architecture; Walls have Feelings; Transportable Environments; Cladding of Buildings; and Urban Future 21.

Alongside our books for students and professionals, we publish jointly with the RIBA, The Journal of Architecture. The journal brings together views emanating from the profession, the industry, the human sciences and cultural studies.

Routledge and Spon Press are pleased to encourage and support students of architecture in this new partnership with the RIBA. Visit www. routledge. com/architecture

Iain Borden is Director of The Bartlett School of Architecture. He has published on subjects ranging from Renaissance perspective, Garden City architecture and inter-war modernism to German fin-de-siÞcle sociology and McDonald's advertising signs.

Educated at the universities of Newcastle upon Tyne, London (UCL) and California (UCLA), he received his doctorate for a study of skateboarding as a critical urban practice. A founding member of Strangely Familiar, he is coeditor and author of a number of books including Architecture and the Sites of History:

Interpretations of Buildings and Cities;

Strangely Familiar: Narratives of Architecture in the City; The Unknown City: Contesting Architecture and Social Space; Gender Space Architecture: an Introductory Reader;

DoubleDecker: Architecture Through History, Politics and Poetics; City Cultures Reader; and InterSections: Architectural Histories and Critical Theories, (2000).

Professor Ed Soja teaches in the Regional and International Development (RID) area of Urban Planning and also teaches urban political economy and planning theory. After starting his academic career as a specialist on Africa, Professor Soja has focused during the past 20 years on urban restructuring in Los Angeles and on the critical study of cities and regions. His studies of Los Angeles combine traditional political economy approaches and recent trends in critical cultural studies. He is interested in the way class, race, gender and sexuality intersect with what he calls the spatiality of social life, and with the new cultural politics of difference and identity this generates. Professor Soja also writes on the way social scientists and philosophers think about space and geography.

His latest book combines these research strands in a comprehensive look at the geohistory of cities. 'His policy interests are primarily involved with questions of regional development, planning and governance, and with the local effects of ethnic and cultural diversity in Los Angeles.

Sarah Chaplin is a qualified architect and has a Masters in Architecture and Critical Theory.She is senior lecturer in visual culture and media at Middlesex University, where she set up the MA in Digital Architecture in 1998.

She is a director of the design consultancy Evolver and also works as a freelance architect.

Her publications include chapters in Intersections, Feminist Visual Culture, Hieroglyphics of Space and Images of the Modern Woman in Asia; articles in The Journal of Architecture, Leonardo, Space and Culture, Urban Design International, Architecture and Architectural Design. She is the author of two books: Visual Culture, an Introduction, coauthored with John A Walker, and Consuming Architecture, which she co-edited with Eric Holding. She is currently finishing a book about Japanese spatial culture, and working on a book about post-urban environments with Eric Holding.

Neil Leach teaches at the Architectural Association and at the University of Bath, where he is Professor of Architectural Theory.He has also been Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York, and Reader in Architecture and Critical Theory at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of The Anaesthetics of Architecture and Millennium Culture; editor of Rethinking Architecture: A Reader in Cultural Theory, Architecture and Revolution: Contemporary Perspectives on Central and Eastern Europe, the Hieroglyphics of Space: Reading and Experiencing the Modern Metropolis and Designing for a Digital World;

and co-translator of L B Alberti, On the Art of Building in Ten Books. His books are being translated into several languages including Spanish, Portugese, Romanian and Russian.

Ian Latham is editor of Architecture Today magazine, which he co-founded in 1989. He studied architecture at Oxford Brookes University and has worked with a number of practices, including Peter Moro, and in his own right.He was technical editor of Architecture Design magazine from 1979 to 1983 and deputy and features editor of Building Design from 1983 to 1989. The author of numerous articles and critiques, his work has appeared in many magazines and books, while his study of the Austrian Secession architect Joseph Maria Olbrich was published in 1980 in the UK, US and Germany. He was a founding trustee of the 9H Gallery and has lectured at architecture schools throughout the UK. He has served on many competition juries, including the final dissertation panel of the RIBA President's Medals since 1986.

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