Winners of 2020 RIBA President’s Medal for Research and Research Awards Announced

Surface details of probiotic tile; Probiotic Design, Richard Beckett
Surface details of probiotic tile; Probiotic Design, Richard Beckett

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the recipient of the RIBA President’s Medal for Research and the winners of the President’s Awards for Research.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the recipient of the RIBA President’s Medal for Research and the winners of the President’s Awards for Research, which celebrate the best research in the fields of architecture and the built environment.

The winner of the 2020 RIBA President’s Medal for Research is Richard Beckett from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, for ‘Probiotic Design.’ Through exploring the integral role of bacteria in human health, Richard proposes a design approach that reintroduces beneficial bacteria to create healthy buildings.

Probiotic Design was selected from winners of the 2020 RIBA President’s Awards for Research, which were given in four categories: Climate Change, Cities and Community, Design and Technical and History and Theory.

Climate Change:

Louisa Bowles, Jake Attwood-Harris, Raheela Khan-Fitzgerald and Ben Robinson of Hawkins\Brown

The Hawkins\Brown Emission Reduction Tool: providing a data visualisation tool to enable architects to make informed decisions on their projects’ carbon emissions

Cities and Community:

Eli Hatleskog, University of Bristol and University of the Arts London; Flora Samuel, University of Reading

Mapping social values

Design and Technical:

Richard Beckett, Bartlett School of Architecture

Probiotic Design

History and Theory:

Lukasz Stanek, The University of Manchester

Architecture in global socialism: Eastern Europe, West Africa, and the Middle East in the Cold War

RIBA President, Alan Jones, said: “Research is an important aspect of the architects’ profession, informing how we address the major issues facing the industry, government, society and the world at large. I congratulate the 2020 RIBA President’s Research Award winners for rising to the top and being recognised for the high quality and potential impact of their work. The RIBA President’s Research Medal winner, Probiotic Design, is an impressive, unique and innovative approach to creating healthy buildings. Research can be found across many areas of practice and business, academia, institutes and disciplines, and it’s crucial that we continue to celebrate and support the important role research has in our futures.”

Read about President’s Award for Research winners on RIBA Journal.

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