WINNERS OF THE 2019 RIBA Research have been announced, with awards for Design and Technical, Building in Quality, Cities and Community and History and Theory.
The winner of the 2019 RIBA President’s Medal for Research is Dr Tania Sengupta from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London for ‘Papered Spaces: Clerical Practices, Materialities and Spatial Cultures of Provincial Governance in Bengal, Colonial India, 1820s-1860s’.
Oliver Wilton of the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and Matthew Barnett Howland, CSK Architects won the design and technical prize for their cork construction kit.
Dr Mirna Pedalo of Goldsmiths at the University of London won the Cities and Community category for the ‘Gulf in Bosnia and Herzegovina: An (Un)Intentional Consequence of Peace’ project.
The building in quality prize was awarded to Rosica Pachilova and Dr Kerstin Sailer, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL for the project titled ‘Providing Care Quality by Design: A New Measure to Assess Hospital Ward Layouts’.
Importance of research
RIBA President, Alan Jones, said: “Research is essential to the development of our profession, facilitating understanding and the sharing of knowledge around the world.
“I was impressed with the huge international scope and variety in this year’s proposals and congratulate all of the winners for their exceptional knowledge and commitment.”
Speaking about Papered Spaces, Chair of the Research Medal jury, Dr Banka Dimitrijevic, said: “This in-depth study expands the scope of research on British colonial architecture in India by focusing on the typology of administrative buildings which housed thousands of paper files containing information related to the revenue collection in Bengal in 1820s-1860s.
“The analysis of layouts of several administrative offices (surveyed by the author) and various secondary sources are successfully used to depict the everyday life of the workers and their interactions with the population and suppliers.
“Dr Sengupta’s research findings significantly contribute to a better understanding of how the paper-based revenue collection system influenced the architecture that served it.”