Another clutch of inventive entries rewards the Institute's long-standing commitment to the acquisition of knowledge
I am delighted to introduce this celebratory online guide of the 2015 RIBA President’s Medals. As the oldest RIBA prizes (established in 1836), the President’s Medals honour the next generation of talented architects and are widely regarded as the most prestigious awards in architectural education.
Over the years, the RIBA’s portfolio of student awards, scholarships and medals has evolved in response to advances in technology and communication media, and to changing perceptions of architecture by society. What has remained unchanged, however, is the RIBA’s commitment to the acquisition of knowledge as the main purpose of education – an intention enshrined in the Institute’s founding charter of 1837, which stated that the purpose of the new institution would be ‘the general advancement of civil architecture, and (…) promoting and facilitating the acquirement of the knowledge of the various arts and sciences connected therewith’.
The current format of the President’s Medals was established in 1986, when the Institute introduced the Bronze and Silver Medals, awarded annually for design work produced by Part I and Part 2 students respectively. The Dissertation Medal rewards written work produced at either Part 1 or 2.
Every year, the RIBA invites international architects, academics, designers and artists to join the judging panels for these prestigious awards. In addition, the judges select the Serjeant Awards for Excellence in Drawing, in memory of Denis Serjeant, a founding member of the RIBA Student Prizes Group.
Congratulations to all the winners, and to all who took part in this remarkable competition that I hope makes you as proud as I am of our emerging fellow architects.