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Studio Weave bags £10,000 RIBA research money

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Studio Weave has been awarded £10,000 in the RIBA Research Trust Awards

Je Ahn and Maria Smith of the east London-based practice will use the funding for a study into co-housing entitled Independence & Privacy in Co-Housing.

Further grants have also been awarded for ‘compelling proposals’ by academics from the Royal College of Art, the University of Liverpool, London Metropolitan University and for future research into housing in Florence, the architecture of Herbert Rowse, and sustainable practice.

Winners of the 2014 RIBA Research Trust Awards

£10,000 Je Ahn and Maria Smith for Independence and Privacy in Co-Housing

£10,000 Guan Lee and Eleanor Morgan for Clay Robotics: Sustainable practice in a digital world

£7,650 Iain Jackson and Peter Richmond for The Architecture of Herbert Rowse: Monumental Modernism of interwar Britain

£2,350 Christian Frost for From Medieval House to Palazzo: Dwelling, festival, and ritual in late medieval Florence

The winner of the RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship has also been revealed.

Matthew Lucraft, a part one architectural assistant at Threefold Architects, picked up the £5,000 prize to enable him to carry out research in Detroit.

The award supports architecture students or recent graduates by providing funding for a period of research and travel.

RIBA President, Stephen Hodder said: ‘Congratulations to the winning recipients for their compelling proposals. In different ways, all of these projects will be beneficial to the advancement of architecture and I look forward to seeing the findings in due course.

‘I’m proud RIBA is championing essential architectural research; it is vital for our profession as it enables us to evolve and discover innovative solutions to many of the challenges we face today.’

RIBA research grants sub-committee chair, Murray Fraser added: ‘From an incredibly high number of applications received for the RIBA Research Trust Awards this year, we are delighted to choose these four outstanding projects. They give an excellent spread of intensive academic studies and innovative design research work. We were equally impressed with Matthew’s application to the RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship, and are eager to see the results of his research into community-driven regeneration schemes in Detroit.’

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