Sheffield University Student Wins 9th RIBA Norman Foster Traveling Scholarship

Charles Palmer’s Cycling Megacities proposal. Image Courtesy of RIBA

Sheffield University School of Architecture student, Charles Palmer, has been announced as the winner of the 2015 RIBA Norman Foster Traveling Scholarship for his proposal Cycling Megacities. Palmer will use his £6,000 scholarship to fund a study tour of four “megacities” in developing countries: Mexico City, Mexico; Lagos, Nigeria; Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Shenzhen, China. Focusing primarily on bicycle advocacy and urban design, the tour will examine the manner in which socio-political forces impact urban public space, and explore the bicycle as a means of transportation accessible to all social classes.

Assemble to Construct a Brutalist Playground at RIBA

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Starting June 10, the RIBA will present The Brutalist  - an exhibition that is part sculpture, part architectural installation, which invites people of all ages to come and play, the Brutalist way. Occupying the entire Architecture Gallery, the immersive landscape is a new commission by Turner Prize nominated design and architecture collective Assemble and artist Simon Terrill. It explores the abstract concrete playgrounds that were designed as part of Brutalist housing estates in the mid-twentieth century, but which no longer exist. They became playgrounds unsuitable for play.

See All 38 Winners of the 2015 RIBA London Awards

NEO Bankside / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Image © Edmund Sumner

From a shortlist of 68 buildings, 38 London projects have been awarded the 2015 RIBA London Awards for architectural excellence, the city’s most prestigious design honor. The highlight projects that embody exceptional merit in their designs and positively impact the lives of their occupants. This year’s winners include three arts and leisure buildings, 11 educational and community facilities, 16 residential designs, and eight commercial buildings.

All of these designs will be further considered for the RIBA National Awards, to be announced in June.

Call For Entries: RIBA President’s Awards For Research

Stephen Gage: Winner – 2014 RIBA President’s Award for the Outstanding Master’s Degree Thesis. Image Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have announced a call for entries for the 2015 President’s for Research. For the first time this year will see the introduction of the President’s Research Medal, which will be awarded to the best work judged from across all four categories of research. RIBA President, Stephen Hodder, has said that “this award will help to give recognition to the ever increasing importance of research to architecture and our industry.”

JaK Studio Designs “Speech Bubble” Recording Studio for BBC’s The Listening Project

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The BBC has unveiled a mobile recording studio designed by London architecture firm JaK Studio, in conjunction with innovation consultancy Seymourpowell. Commissioned by BBC Radio 4, the design was selected following a 2013 international design competition organized by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and will tour the country to record material for The Listening Project.

Riffing off the project’s theme of conversation, JaK Studio’s mobile studio converts the form of a speech bubble into a lightweight, aerodynamic booth inspired by the iconic Airstream caravan.

RIBA London Announces ‘Work In Progress’ Themed Line-Up For LFA 2015

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The London branch of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have unveiled a series of events themed along the lines of ‘Work In Progress’ for the 2015 London Festival of Architecture. The festival, which is a month-long celebration of architectural experimentation, thinking and practice taking place at venues across the capital, will open in next month. The RIBA London’s chosen theme “will explore the changing nature of work, and workspace, as well as its impact on, and role in, the continued evolution of London.”

RIBA Seeks Architects In The Wake Of The Himalayan Earthquake

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Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal this week, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have teamed up with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to “help to identify Nepalese nationals or others with local or regional experience to provide technical expertise.” According to the RIBA, the IFRC “has already deployed approximately 100 people to support the Red Cross in search and rescue efforts, emergency health, water and sanitation, relief, shelter and inter-agency coordination as well as support services such as telecoms and logistics.” They state that “given the operational constraints in the country, most agencies are wary of overloading country teams at this stage. However, the IFRC anticipates there will be a need for additional technical expertise in due course.”

RIBA Future Trends Survey Reveals A “Healthy Uplift”

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The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)’s Future Trends Survey for March 2015 has ”bounced back strongly” in comparison to February, as the workload index rose to +36 from +26 last month. Private housing and the commercial sector remains strong, while uncertainty still surrounds forecasts in the public sector. Workload forecast balance figures have remained high, the highest numbers being reported from practices in  (+42) and in the south of  (+39). In addition, large and medium sized practices have reported confidence about staffing levels, while small practices remain “more circumspect.”

Spotlight: James Stirling

Portrait of . Ray Williams, photographer.. Image Courtesy of Canadian Centre for Architecture

British architect and Pritzker Laureate Sir James Stirling (22 April 1926 – 25 June 1992) grew up in Liverpool, one of the two industrial powerhouses of the British North West, and began his career subverting the compositional and theoretical ideas behind the Modern Movement. Citing a wide-range of influences – from , a forefather of Contextualism, to Le Corbusier, from architects of the Italian Renaissance to the Russian Constructivist movement – Stirling forged a unique set of architectural beliefs that manifest themselves in his works. Indeed, his architecture, commonly described as “non-comformist”, consistently caused annoyance in conventional circles.

Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA East Awards

Shortlisted: Abode, Great Kneighton / Proctor & Matthews. Image © Tim Crocker

A total of sixteen projects have been shortlisted for RIBA East 2015 , featuring buildings by Hawkins\Brown, Proctor & Matthews, Allies & Morrison, and AHMM. All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 .

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.

RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows UK Public Sector Workloads Dip

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The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)’s Future Trends Survey for February 2015 has revealed continued optimism, although the public sector workload forecast has dipped with uncertainty about spending commitments ahead of the General Election in May. The workload index fell back slightly to +26 (from +29 in January) and workload forecast balance figures have remained high, the highest numbers being reported from practices in the Midlands and East Anglia (+43) and in Wales and the West (+39). In addition, practices have reported that they are now employing 16% more Part 1 (undergraduate) and Part 2 (postgraduate) students than they were twelve months ago.

Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA South West Awards

Shortlisted: Myrtle Cottage Garden Studio / Stonewood Design. Image © Jo Chambers

A total of sixteen projects have been shortlisted for RIBA South West 2015 Awards, featuring buildings by Glenn Howells Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, AHR, and Stonewood Design. All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 .

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.

Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA East Midlands Awards

Shortlisted: Parkside, Matlock / Evans Vettori Architects. Image © Tristan Poyser

A total of eleven projects have been shortlisted for East Midlands 2015 , featuring buildings by Evans Vettori, Make, Orms, and Studio Gedye. All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 .

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.

Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA Yorkshire Awards

Shortlisted: Sheffield Cathedral, Sheffield / Thomas Ford and Partners. Image © Exposure Property Marketing

A total of eleven projects have been shortlisted for RIBA Yorkshire 2015 , featuring buildings by Populous, HLM, and . All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 .

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.

RIBA Competition Seeks Ideas for a Sustainable Future of World’s Remotest Inhabited Island

Edinburgh of the Seven Seas. Image © Flickr CC user michaelclarke

At the request of the  government, RIBA has launched of a design competition in search of ideas for a more self-sustainable and innovative future of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas community on the remotest inhabited island in the world.

Situated 1,750 miles southwest of Cape Town in the South Atlantic Ocean, Tristan da Cunha’s activity is largely governed by the severe maritime weather. Only reachable some 60 days annually, the island’s community of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas is home to 270 people. Of the four islands Tristan da Cunha contains (two of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites), it is the only one to support a permanent residence.

RIBA Agrees Upon Major Changes To UK Architectural Education

Exactly one year ago an important event took place. A gathering of seventy student delegates, organised by the Architecture Students Network (ASN), met to discuss the future of architectural education. Their meeting was sparked by the latest directive from the European Union which seeks to “establish more uniformity across Europe by aligning the time it takes to qualify”, making mutual recognition of the architect’s title easier between countries.

The ASN’s discussions concluded that the course content throughout the system of ‘Part I, II, and III’, and the duration of said course, urgently needs to be re-evaluated in order to reflect the changing needs of the profession – especially in light of the recent rise in tuition fees and associated university costs. Back then, a spokesperson for the ASN said that “it really felt like momentum for change has finally reached a tipping point.”

Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA North West Awards

Shortlisted: The Whitworth, Manchester / MUMA. Image © Alan Williams

A total of 15 projects have been shortlisted for North West 2015 Awards, featuring buildings by John McAslan + Partners, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, MUMA and Carmody Groake. All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 RIBA . The 2014 RIBA was won by Haworth Tompkins for the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, a project which was shortlisted by this branch of the RIBA. Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios‘ Manchester School of Art also made it to the national finals.

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.

Call For Entries: RIBA Boyd Auger Student Travel Scholarship

2013 Recipient: Laura Minca. Image © Laura Minca

The Royal Institute of British Architects () has launched a call for applications for the 2015 RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship. The scholarship, which has been awarded since 2008, supports the personal, professional and academic development of its student recipients by contributing towards their “imaginative and original research and travel.”