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DISSERTATION AWARDS Judging took place during a threemonth period from July to October 2004. Since 2001, the main judging panel has made an initial shortlist of dissertations. An international judge then joins the panel to discuss the final selection and establish the dissertation medallist. Professor Edward W Soja (UCLA) was the first international judge in 2001 and Professor Christine Boyer (Princeton University) joined the panel in 2002. In 2003, the international dissertation judge was Kim Dovey (University of Melbourne) and this year it was Kari Jormakka (Vienna University of Technology).

The judges for the dissertation award welcome submissions that explore different subjects, methodologies and presentations.

Subjects might, for example, include studies of famous buildings and architects, particular places or generic spaces, representations of architecture in the visual and literary arts, everyday urban conditions, alternative architectural and art practices, wider social and theoretical investigations, etc. Methodologies might, for example, include empirical and interpretative accounts, intersections of history/criticism and critical theory, speculative poetic and prose investigations etc. Similarly, presentation formats include single-volume bound texts, multimedia explorations, portfolios of writings etc.

In all cases, submissions are expected to demonstrate a comprehensive, rigorous and coherent treatment of their chosen subject, demonstrating original analysis in terms of information uncovered and/or the exercise of independent critical reasoning.

Whatever the methodology and presentation format adopted, they should be appropriate to the subject being explored, and should contribute positively to its analysis and communication.

One Dissertation Medal and up to three commendations will be awarded by the judging panel.

The winning dissertation may be published on the President's Medals website. All prize-winning dissertations are kept in the RIBA SARAH CHAPLIN Sarah Chaplin is head of the school of architecture and landscape at Kingston University. She is a qualified architect and has a Masters in architecture and critical theory and is also a director of the design consultancy evolver. She was previously senior lecturer in visual culture and media at Middlesex University, where she set up the MA in digital architecture in 1998.

Her publications include: chapters in Designing for a Digital World, 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, and she is the author of two books: Visual Culture, an Introduction, co-authored 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.

ANDREW HIGGOTT Andrew Higgott is principal lecturer at the University of East London School of Architecture and Visual Arts, where since 1995 he has been coordinator of teaching of the history and theory of architecture in the school. He has also created a new Masters course in architecture: history and theory, of which he is course tutor, as well as teaching research students working towards a Ph.D in the subject area. Several students have gone on to publish work and to teach, while one student was awarded the RIBA Dissertation Prize in 1999. He has lectured widely and been external examiner for history and theory work in a number of architecture schools. He is also a founder member of the Architecture Humanities Research Association, and a long-term teacher at the Architectural Association, where he was formerly photographic librarian. Higgott studied English at Cambridge and architectural history and theory at the Architectural Association. Publications include monographs on the architectural photographers FR Yerbury (1987) and Eric de MarÚ (1990). Numerous other contributions to books and journals on aspects of 20th century architectural and urban history include chapters in Borden and Dunster Architecture and the Sites of History (1995), and Deckker The Modern City Revisited (2000).

He is currently working on two forthcoming books; :

a critical study of contemporary architects; and Translating Modernism, on British modernist culture.

MARK DORRIAN Mark Dorrian is a senior lecturer in architecture at the University of Edinburgh, where he teaches on the Master of Architecture programme and lectures in theory and historiography of architecture. He has been granted awards by the British Academy, the Graham Foundation, the Canadian Center for Architecture - where he held a visiting scholarship, and has recently received a Lighthouse Innovation Award. His writing has been published in Artifi ce, The Journal of Architecture, Word & Image, The Journal of Narrative Theory and Chora. He has organised sessions at the ACSA and International Association of Urban Historians annual conferences, and was co-organiser, with Dr Gillian Rose, of the crossdisciplinary conference 'Landscapes and Politics', held in Edinburgh in 2002. A volume of selected papers based on those presented at that event was published as Deterritorialisations: Revisioning Landscapes and Politics in 2004. In 1998 he co-founded with Adrian Hawker the art, architecture and urbanism atelier Metis, whose book, Urban Cartographies, was published by Black Dog in 2003. Currently he is working on a study of the grotesque, a book based upon work produced by his studio during the past six years, and a series of essays on contemporary architects.

KARI JORMAKKA Kari Jormakka studied architecture and philosophy at Otaniemi University of Technology, Helsinki University and Tampere University of Technology in Finland, receiving a Master of Architecture degree in 1985, a Licenciate of Technology in 1988, a Doctor of Philosophy in 1991, and a post-doctoral Habilitation in 1993. He has taught at several international universities, including the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Ohio State University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Tampere University of Technology and Vienna University of Technology, where he currently is an ordinarius professor of architectural theory.

In addition to teaching design and theory, he is the advisor for 20 doctoral students at the moment.

Author of eight books and some 70 papers on architectural theory and history, Jormakka has written, among other things, Geschichte der Architekturtheorie, an analysis of ontological commitments in architectural theories; Flying Dutchmen, an essay on recent Dutch architecture; and Heimlich Manoeuvres, a study on performative rituals in the built environment. Scheduled to appear in 2004 are three new books: Lost in Space, a theoretical introduction to contemporary architecture;

Architekturtheorie und dergleichen, a systematic investigation of basic issues in architectural theory;

and Genius locomotionis, a philosophical discussion of motion as an element in architecture.

JANE RENDELL Jane Rendell is reader in architecture and art and director of architectural research at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. An architectural designer and historian, and art critic and writer, she is author of The Pursuit of Pleasure (Athlone Press, 2001), editor of 'A Place Between', Public Art Journal (October 1999) and co-editor of Strangely Familiar (Routledge, 1995), Gender Space Architecture (Routledge, 1999), Intersections (Routledge, 2000) and The Unknown City (MIT Press, 2000). She is currently completing a new book for Reaktion Press, From Art to Architecture, and working on a project of site-specific writings.

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