RIBA Announces the Winners of President’s medals, Highlighting World’s Best Architecture Students Projects

The RIBA has announced the President’s Medals of the Royal Institute of British Architects. These awards are given to the top student projects and dissertations in architecture. This award, now in its 185 th edition, is an academic record that gives a comprehensive picture of current architectural preoccupations. With 338 entries from 102 schools of architecture across 31 countries, the third edition was the most successful.

The Dalston Hub: A Vertical Market  by Elliott Afoke. Image Courtesy of RIBA

Tiia Partanen from the University of Strathclyde received the RIBA Silver Medal The Cloud Cooperative. This award is given to the best project in RIBA Part 2 or equivalent. The Seeding Swanscombe Marshes were designed by Ben Foulkes of The Bartlett School of Architecture. Richard Adetokunbo–Aina of The Architectural Association was awarded the RIBA Bronze Medal. The Dissertation Model was awarded to A Cultural of Craft West Africa UNObjectified. The winning and commended projects covered a broad range of topics including climate emergencies and technology impact, cultural identity and the impact technology has on society.

RIBA also announced the Awards for Sustainable Design. This is the third edition. Gergana Nevovanska, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, won the award for A Case For Use, Ratho Community Centre. Part 2 was awarded to Nicholas Honey and Robert Thackeray from Newcastle University for Reclaiming playtime. Desislava Cholakova from London Southbank University won the Serjeant Awards of Excellence for Drawing for Cathedral of Trade part 1. Elliott Afoke, Oxford Brookes University was awarded for A Vertical Market Part 2.

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RIBA silver medal

The Cloud Cooperative/ Tiia Parnen (University of Strathclyde).

The Cloud Cooperative by Tiia Partanen (University of Strathclyde). Image Courtesy of RIBA

The Cloud Cooperative examines how people have lost control of their data through increasing data collection, cloud storage and internet surveillance. Tiia’s project is based upon The Cloud Cooperative, a future activist group that seeks to challenge the current data monopoly. It explores the possibility for a secure, ethical and new internet.

Commendations in RIBA Silver Medal category:

Seeding Swanscombe Marshes by Ben Foulkes (The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL)). Image Courtesy of RIBA
  • Janusz Moore (De Montfort University), Ruincarnation
  • The Earthen Land Registry is managed by Daniel Pope (The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL).
  • Finian Reece Thomas (Kingston University), An Art School Enugu

RIBA Bronze Medal

Seeding Swanscombe marshes/ Ben Foulkes from The Bartlett School of Architecture.

A Culture of Craft: West Africa UNObjectified / Richard Adetokunbo Aina (Architectural Association). Image Courtesy of RIBA

Ben proposes to build an eco-courthouse at the site of a planned theme park, in order to prevent its development. Seeding Swanscombe Marshes considers the possibility of the regeneration of salt marshes and the eventual degrading of the building with its natural materials. This will provide ecological benefits to the landscape.

There are two types of RIBA Bronze Medal Commendations

  • Rachel Caul (University of Cambridge), Reclaiming the Ruin
  • Conor Lawless (London Metropolitan University), The Workers’ Emblem
  • Oliver Skelton (University of Nottingham), Making Do

RIBA Dissertation Medal

A Culture of Crafts in West Africa UNObjectified By Richard Adetokunbo, (Architectural Association).

Richard’s dissertation examines West African objects from specific tribes and their history. This dissertation also examines the reasons and contexts for which these objects were created. Richard chose to study the Lobi peoples for his thesis because of their inherent craft and artistry as well as disenfranchised artworks.

RIBA Dissertation Medal Category:

  • Ian Davide Bugarin (London Metropolitan University), Bodies Split in Two: Contested Monsters and Queer Space In The Philippines
  • Manuela Reitsma from Polytechnic University of Turin, for The Secular House: A Manual for Preservation and Seismic Improvement of Vernacular Stone Homes in Bhutan
  • Ben Sykes Thompson (Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL)) for “Overlooked sounds”: Reinterpreting Traditional Japanese Architecture within Aural Space (High Commendation).