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RIBA President's Awards for Research

We invite all those conducting research related to architecture and the built environment to submit work that has been completed after 1 January 2020. We welcome all individual efforts and encourage collaborative projects between academia, architectural practice, and other related disciplines, as well as from professionals and students across the construction industry.

Award winners and their research will gain exposure in front of a considerable audience through RIBA media releases, publications, and events. All abstracts will be published in the 2021 Book of Abstracts and the winners of each category will have their papers published in the Journal of Architecture in 2022 (subject to editorial review). The best of the category winners will be awarded the RIBA President's Medal for Research.

This year's annual theme is Education and we invite all researchers in the field to submit their latest work. We are especially interested in submissions that examine the changing face of architectural education, particularly in line with the RIBA's education themes and values. However, the theme is broadly conceived and submissions concerning the development of architectural education, pedagogy, CPD, the influence of architecture on education, and more, are encouraged.

This year's submission categories are:

  • Annual theme: Education
  • Design and Technical
  • Cities and Communities
  • History and Theory 

How to submit

All applicants must read the submission guidelines. Submissions that follow the guidelines are more likely to be successful. 

Read the submission guidelines here.

Entries are to be submitted online via the Submission Form and must be received no later than 5 July 2021 (23:59 British Standard Time).

Submissions must be anonymised and consist of:

  • 300 word abstract
  • 1,000 word research statement
  • 5,000 to 10,000 word research document (maximum of 12 images)

Submissions will be judged by a multi-disciplinary panel of judges against the following criteria:

  1. Originality
  2. Rigor
  3. Communication
  4. Impact

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