RIBA has announced the shortlist for its 2015 President’s Awards, with three architects in the running for the ‘Outstanding Practice-located Research’ category
The awards champion architects and academics engaged in research in an attempt to highlight the value of research in encouraging innovation and strategic thinking in the profession.
Robert Adam director at ADAM Urbanism and Walter Menteth, founder of Walter Menteth Architects appear on the practice-based list along with Anna Liu and Mike Tonkin from Tonkin Liu.
Chair of the judging panel Ruth Morrow, who is architecture professor at Queen’s University Belfast, said: ‘Once again the quality of submissions to all categories of the President’s Awards for Research has been consistently high, original and engaging.’
Adam was shortlisted for a paper called Tomorrow’s Home: Emerging social trends and their impact on the built environment, which the practice commissioned with property firm Grainger. It looks at emerging social trends in the 18-34 age group and how these are expected to impact the built environment.
Menteth appears on the list for a paper called Pathways to Construction Procurement Reform leading to adoption and embedding of EU Directive 2004/24/EU.
Liu and Tonkin have been listed for a research project looking at ultra-light shell lace structures.
The shortlisting process for the 10th awards will resume in September before the winners are announced in October. Other categories include ‘Outstanding Master’s Degree Thesis’, ‘Outstanding PhD Thesis’, and ‘Outstanding University-located Research’.
President’s Awards for Research 2015 - shortlist
RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding Master’s Degree Thesis
- Fernando Munoz Gómez, Oxford Brookes University - Measuring the environmental impact of temporary exhibitions: A methodology to encourage sustainable practice
- Clelia Simpson, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London - Framing the Present: Walker Evans’ Photographs of Victorian Architecture (Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1933)
- Christopher Purpura, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London - Holding Hands, Touching Alterity: Dance as Spatial Practice at Monte Verità, 1914
RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis
- Schroeder Torsten, LSE Sociology Department, Cities Programme - Translating the concept of sustainability into architectural design practices: London’s City Hall as an Exemplar
- Claire Harper, University of Westminster - Compaction, Scale and Proximity: An investigation into the spatial implications of density for the design of new urban housing
- Isis Paola Nunez Ferrera, University of Westminster - Territories of Scarcity and Creativity: A Critical view on Informal Settlements and Emerging Tactics under Conditions of Scarcity in Nairobi, Kenya and Quito, Ecuador
- David Kroll, Institute of Historical Research, University of London. Supervised in collaboration with the Survey of London (English Heritage/University College of London) - The Other Architects Who Made London: Planning and Design of Speculative Housing c. 1870-1939
RIBA President’s Awards for Outstanding University-located Research
- Iain Jackson and Jessica Holland, Liverpool School of Architecture - The Architecture of Edwin Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew: Twentieth Century Architecture, Pioneer Modernism and the Tropics
- Andre Viljoen, School of Art, Design and Media, University of Brighton - Second Nature Urban Agriculture: Designing Productive Cities
- Andrew Price, School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University - Health Building Note 08-02: Dementia-friendly Health and Social Care Environments
- Parlour: Women, Equity, Architecture, University of Melbourne/University of Queensland - Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice
RIBA President’s Awards for Outstanding Practice-located Research
- Robert Adam, ADAM Urbanism - Tomorrow’s Home: Emerging social trends and their impact on the built environment
- Walter Menteth, Walter Menteth Architects - Pathways to Construction Procurement Reform leading to adoption and embedding of EU Directive 2004/24/EU
- Anna Liu and Mike Tonkin, Tonkin Liu - Shell Lace Structure