The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has re-launched its President’s Awards for Research with four new categories.
The judging panel for this year’s awards, led by Peter Clegg, senior partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, will look at entries from practice-based researchers and academics on the topics of cities and community, design and technical, history and theory, and a special theme of learning from projects.
The special category is designed to recognise the growing importance of post-occupancy and building performance evaluation.
One award will be made in each category, with the President’s Medal for Research given to the strongest overall submission.
Entrants are invited to submit unpublished research of between 5,000 and 10,000 words, with a 300-word abstract and 1,000-word statement. Candidates are welcome to submit excerpts from longer projects or previous work.
Shortlisted entries will be published in a peer-reviewed journal and on architecture.com
Kat Martindale, RIBA head of research and innovation, said the new-look awards had been designed to ‘provide a platform for practitioners to showcase their research’.
‘This new approach aims to capture the wealth of existing research activity and strengthen collaboration between practice and academia,’ she said. ‘I am delighted that entrants will have their contributions judged by such an esteemed panel.’
Aside from Clegg, the other judges are: Shumi Bose, senior lecturer at Central St Martins and director of REAL Foundation; Amica Dall of Assemble; Hattie Hartman, sustainability editor at The Architects’ Journal; Professor Robert Mull, former director of architecture at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design; Aylin Orbasli, reader in architectural regeneration at Oxford Brookes University; and Professor Christopher Platt, head and professor of architecture at Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art.
The deadline for submissions is 11.55pm on 30 June. Up to three submissions per category will be shortlisted in July and the winners announced at the President’s Medals ceremony in December.
RIBA President’s Medal for Research
Last year’s winner 
RIBA President’s Awards for Outstanding University-located Research
Katrin Bohn and Andre Viljoen, School of Art, Design and Media, University of Brighton forSecond Nature Urban Agriculture: Designing Productive Cities
RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding Practice-located Research and recipient of the inaugural RIBA Research Medal went to Walter Menteth, Walter Menteth Architects for Pathways to Construction Procurement Reform leading to adoption and embedding of EU Directive 2004/24/EU