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The 2016 RIBA President’s Award for Research Goes to Asmara

A collaboration work between Dr. Edward Denison from Bartlett School of Architecture; Medhanie Teklemariam and Dawit Abraha from Asmara Heritage Project won the 2016 RIBA President’s Medal for Research (Photo: Elena K Tsolakis)


By Royal Institute of British Architects

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has tonight (6 December 2016) announced the winner of the 2016 RIBA President’s Medal for Research for the best research project, selected from the RIBA President’s Awards for Research, also revealed this evening.

The 2016 RIBA President’s Medal for Research was presented to Dr Edward Denison, Medhanie Teklemariam and Dawit Abraha for their project 'Asmara – Africa’s Modernist City: UNESCO World Heritage Nomination'. The research, supported by the Asmara Heritage Project Team, forms part of the State of Eritrea’s first ever application to list Asmara as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.

The medal winner was selected from winners of the 2016 RIBA President's Awards for Research, in four categories: Cities and Community, Design and Technical, History and Theory, and the annual theme Learning from Projects.

The winners of the 2016 RIBA President’s Awards for Research are:

CITIES AND COMMUNITY
Dr Irit Katz, University of Cambridge, UK
The Common Camp: Temporary Settlements as a Spatio-political Instrument in Israel-Palestine

DESIGN AND TECHNICAL
Dr Michael Ramage and Dr Rob Foster, University of Cambridge, UK
Simon Smith, Smith and Wallwork, UK
Kevin Flanagan and Ron Bakker, PLP Architecture, UK
Supertall Timber: Design Research for the Next Generation of Natural Structure

HISTORY AND THEORY
Dr Edward Denison, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, UK
Medhanie Teklemariam and Dawit Abraha, Asmara Heritage Project, Eritrea
Asmara – Africa’s Modernist City: UNESCO World Heritage Nomination

LEARNING FROM PROJECTS
David Roberts, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, UK
Make Public: Performing Public Housing in Ernö Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower

Dr Kat Martindale, RIBA Head of Research and Innovation, said:

“Many congratulations go to this year’s winners of the President’s Awards for Research. The research from this year’s cohort spans cutting edge technologies, reflective historical work and addresses one of the most prominent contemporary issues both in the UK and around the world, that of ‘home’.

“Particular congratulations go to the winners of the President’s Medal for Research, a collaboration between the Bartlett School of Architecture and Asmara Heritage Project, whose work has the potential to transform how Eritrea and African architecture are viewed.

“We were thrilled to receive so many submissions from all over the world, making this year the most competitive to date and highlighting the strength of the winning work.”

The 2016 President’s Awards for Research received 75 applications from 14 countries on five continents. Further information about the 2016 Awards, including the illustrated Book of Abstracts, is available at www.architecture.com/researchawards2016

The theme and dates for 2017 President’s Awards for Research will be announced in February.
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