RIBA Research Awards winners announced

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners of the RIBA President’s Awards for Research 2008, which reward and encourage outstanding research in architecture.

The awards have three categories, PhD Thesis, University-located Research and Professional Practice-located Research. This year’s winner of the RIBA President’s Awards for Research for Outstanding PhD Thesis is Marcos Cruz of the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, for his thesis entitled The Inhabitable Flesh of Architecture. The thesis re-examines the work of a wide range of modernist architects in a new light, with the aim of proposing alternative attitudes towards space, materiality and aesthetics.

Murray Fraser from the University of Westminster with Joe Kerr from the Royal College of Art won the RIBA President’s Award for Research for Outstanding University-located Research with their work, Architecture and the ‘Special Relationship’: The American Influence on Post-War British Architecture. The research investigates ways in which the United States was a source of architectural influence, rather than just the recipient of ideas from Europe after the Second World War.

The commendation for the University-located Research category was awarded to Alan Chandler of the University of East London and Remo Pedreschi of the University of Edinburgh for their work Fabric Formwork.

The RIBA President’s Award for Research for Outstanding Professional Practice-located Research was won by the ZEDfactory, for their work The ZEDbook. This project is successful in drawing the challenges of “zero energy” development to the attention of practitioners. The ZEDbook records about 10 years of development from “Bedzed” onwards looking at the building physics and the component elements of a range of projects.

The judges were impressed by the diversity of the entries in all three categories. The winners will be presented with awards at the annual RIBA President’s Medals Awards ceremony on 3 December 2008, at the RIBA, W1.

RIBA President Sunand Prasad, said: "This is the third year of the RIBA President's Awards for Research, and once again this year's work is of a wide variety and an impressively high calibre. It gives me great pleasure to present these awards and to continue to encourage research; because it is at the core of the RIBA's mission."

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