First awarded in 1836, they are among the most prestigious and long-lasting awards in architectural education anywhere in the world, preceding the Royal Gold Medal (for living architects) established in 1848. The awards categories include the Bronze Medal for Part 1, the Silver Medal for Part 2 and the Dissertation Medal.
RIBA President’s Medals Exhibition
December 3 2015 – January 30 2016
RIBA 66 Portland Pl,
London W1B 1AD, UK
In 2015, the RIBA invited 340 schools of architecture in 65 countries to submit entries that were then judged over three days by independent panels of international experts, including architects, academics, designers and artists. This exhibition features selected student work from these nominations and will be on display in the RIBA in London for two months before touring the UK and internationally in 2016.
The winners of the 2015 RIBA President’s Medals and RIBA President’s Awards for Research were announced at a ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in central London this evening (2 December 2015). First awarded in 1836, the RIBA Presidents Medals are the RIBA’s oldest prizes and reward talent, promote innovation, and encourage excellence in the study of architecture worldwide.
The Silver Medal (awarded to the best design project at Part 2) went to Finn Wilkie from The Mackintosh School of Architecture at The Glasgow School of Art for ‘The Heteroglossic City: A polemic against critical reconstruction in Berlin’. The project (tutored by Robert Mantho) investigates the historical background of Berlin’s highly-controlled planning system before setting out a new strategy for architectural intervention. This is illustrated through the ‘Bauforum’, a platform to explore a more dialogue-focused approach to each particular planning context.
The Bronze Medal (for best Part 1 design project) was awarded to Boon Yik Chung, from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, for his project ‘Space as the Third Teacher: An alternative classroom typology promoting creative learning and play’. To explore the notion of flexibility in classroom design, the author researched schools in Amsterdam and Rotterdam designed by Herman Hertzberger, and also drew on his own personal experiences of school spaces in Malaysia. The project (tutored by Rhys Cannon and Colin Herperger) concludes that ambiguous, open-ended spaces rather than wholly flexible rooms provide the best learning environments.
Serjeant Award for Excellence in Drawing (Part 2): Benjamin Ferns (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL): ‘Pontifical Academy of Sciences’ Serjeant Award for Excellence in Drawing (Part 1): Andrew Chard (Oxford Brookes University): ‘The Lost Dockyard’.
Marie Price was awarded the Dissertation Medal for ‘The Overlooked Back Garden: Voyeurism in the English back garden’, supervised by Harold Charrington at the University of Westminster. The dissertation explores the concept of voyeurism in the wider sense of people-watching to explore the tension between the private and the overlooked. The dissertation considers degrees of overlooking at different scales (from the city, the street, from within the houses, and from within the garden) by resorting to historiography, empirical data and case-study analysis, and digital mapping technology.