The riba is inviting applications for research awards (maximum £5000) to be granted in 1998, and is particularly keen to receive research applications for projects in two main areas.
The development of architectural education: applications addressing questions posed by the Burton report and the more recent Stansfield Smith review of architectural education (for example, the extent to which the balance between core and specialisation is or could be managed, and the redefining of professional pathways could be realised). Also applications which address the questions of admissions criteria or the issues surrounding the training of teachers of architecture, would be welcome; as would projects which investigate the use made of architectural education by students who do not take their final professional examinations.
The professional use of computers in architectural practice: applications addressing such questions as the obstacles and benefits of implementing it in architectural practices, including the use of computers and networks. Projects identifying areas where the profession needs assistance and/or suggesting techniques for offering that assistance, or which investigate the use by and needs of architects of the Internet in general and the World Wide Web in particular will be welcome. The use of it in teaching architecture is also of interest.
Timed to coincide with this call for applications, the riba will be running a one-day workshop on Thursday 29 January to assist those who may be relatively new to the task of preparing a research programme and making an application for research funds. It will be suitable for practitioners as well as lecturers and research students in schools of architecture. It will be an interactive occasion, with talks from experienced researchers, practical work and discussion.
Further details may be obtained by sending a fax to 0171 307 3754 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deputy Director General and Director of Education, riba, London W1