At the end of last month Chris Halligan of Stephen George and Partners shared his thoughts about what winning an RIBA President’s Award for Research meant to him.  Today we’re very pleased to bring you a few comments from Prof Alan Short, of Short and Associates and the University of Cambridge about winning an Award in 2007.

Atrium of UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. Image: Peter Cook

Atrium of UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. Image: Peter Cook

We were delighted to win the President’s award for practice-based research for our project ‘Design for the warming environment’ which focused on two buildings we had recently completed: UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies and Judson College in Illinois.  We are firm believers in the potential for practice to achieve research outcomes at the highest international level, particularly so in such an applied subject.

The award has helped build credibility in subsequent work, both in practice and academia: encouraging other organisations to participate and journals to publish the outcomes.  We have also continued to develop the ideas from ‘Design for the warming environment’ in projects such as the multi-disciplinary and cross-university Design and Delivery of Robust Hospital Environments in a Changing Climate, (De2RHECC) which was funded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s (EPSRC) Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change funding call.  The project investigated economical and practice strategies for the adaptation of the NHS’s estate to increase its resilience to climate change whilst meeting onerous emissions targets. Detailed refurbishment strategies were devised and potential barriers to their implementation were investigated.

 Research Awards 2013

The RIBA’s annual research awards exist to promote the innovation and insight that emerge from excellent research. The awards acknowledge and encourage fresh and strategic thinking in architectural research for the benefit of the profession as a whole.

Projects are judged by a distinguished panel of experts in four categories:

  • Master’s degree thesis
  • PhD thesis
  • University-led research
  • Practice-led research

The deadline for receipt of entries is 5pm on 20 May 2013. For full terms and conditions and to enter please see

About anne.dye
Anne Dye is the Head of Technical Research at the Royal Institute of British Architects, and is responsible for delivering the RIBA’s research agenda. This includes the development, support and promotion of a range of strategic built-environment research projects both within the RIBA, in partnership with other organisations and within the wider research community, as well as providing advocacy for research to key stakeholders. She has spent the last decade undertaking quantitative and qualitative built-environment research, as part of multi-disciplinary teams, at the University of Cambridge and later at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. Her main research interests are housing quality, sustainable communities and design team / client dynamics. She has a background in science, and prior to concentrating on research was an engineer at Max Fordham LLP, undertaking a diverse range of projects. Anne joined the RIBA in 2011. Follow Anne on twitter at!/AnneDyeResearch

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