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RIBA hands out record £100k in research grants

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The RIBA has dished out close to £100,000 worth of research grants for the coming academic year, the largest amount ever given in its history the institute claims

A full list of research money recipients was unveiled today, including grants for studies into Ernö Goldfinger, post modernism and London’s Chinatown district in Limehouse.

By the end of 2011 the institute will have given £185,000 towards architectural education, it claims, with £70,000 already earmarked for students in financial hardship. The combined total of funding for architectural research for the 2011/12 academic session was just under £100,000.

Architectural Association and Birkbeck College student Ross Exo Adams won £32,000 to cover the final two years of his doctorate studies looking into the relationship between urbanism and politics in Europe.

University of Westminster student John Killock has been awarded £5,000 for his study looking at the potential to ‘co-house’ elderly people in the UK.

Angela Brady, RIBA president said: ‘I am delighted to announce that the Institute is allocating its largest amount of money ever to support architectural education.

‘The RIBA is committed to supporting not only architectural research but also students experiencing hardship that might preclude them from becoming architects. To this end, the RIBA Education Fund works to ensure that opportunities are given to talented students from the widest cross-section of society.

‘We are extremely grateful to our generous donors, such as Lord Norman Foster, Lord Richard Rogers, Mrs Margot Auger, the Goldfinger family, Aedas, and the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects, for having donated generously towards these schemes.’


Research awards, the full list

RIBA Research Trust awards went to:

  • Oliver Domeisen  received £9,500 for the project ‘The Four Elements of Ornament: Foundations for a Contemporary Ornamental Practice’
  • James Dunnett received £10,000 for the project ‘The Life and Work of Ernö Goldfinger, RA, RIBA (1902-1987)’
  • Annekatrin Hultzsch received £7,192 for the project ‘Date your District, 1942 Modern ‘Visual Re-education’ and the Perception of Victorian Architecture in the Architectural Review’
  • Yat Ming Loo received £8,128 for the project ‘Architecture and immigration in London: The lost history of Limehouse Chinatown (1900 -1970)’
  • Steve Parnell received £9,900 for the project ‘AD and Post-Modern architecture: a critical history’
  • Mahnaz Shah received £10,000 for the project ‘Le Corbusier’s Potato Building Typology 1963–1965: An Analysis’
  • Léa-Catherine Szacka received £7,300 for the project ‘Display and Debate: An Oral History of the 1976 ‘Europa/America’ Show at the Venice Biennale’


Full details of the research projects are on the RIBA website



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