RIBA President’s Awards for Research 2018

2018 RIBA President’s Awards for Research News, Hildrey Studio, Design, England

RIBA President’s Awards for Research 2018

Chris Hildrey: Royal Institute of British Architects Prize – UK architecture and the built environment

4 Dec 2018

Chris Hildrey of Hildrey Studio wins RIBA President’s Awards for Research 2018

Research project which reconnects homeless people with local support services wins RIBA Research Medal

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has this evening (4 December 2018) awarded the 2018 RIBA President’s Medal for Research to Chris Hildrey of Hildrey Studio for ProxyAddress: Using Location Data to Reconnect Those Facing Homelessness with Support Services.

One of many interviews carried out in homeless shelters across the UK:
RIBA President's Awards for Research 2018 Hildrey Studio UK
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Chris Hildrey’s project addresses one of the main causes of homelessness in the UK: the end of an ‘assured shorthold tenancy’, where a landlord is legally entitled to issue a possession order.
ProxyAddress tackles this issue through collaborative research and real-world application. It creates a database of long-term empty properties, which serve as ‘proxy’ addresses to be used throughout periods of instability. By giving homeless people a consistent address, they are able to retain access to vital support services, which may otherwise be lost.

ProxyAddress, was selected as the Medal winner from other recipients of the 2018 RIBA President’s Awards for Research, which were also announced this evening.

On-site at the Royal Mail’s Mount Pleasant Mail Centre, London:
RIBA President's Awards for Research 2018 Hildrey Studio UK
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The RIBA President’s Awards for Research were given in four categories: Cities and Community; Design and Technical; History and Theory; and this year’s theme: Ethics and Sustainable Development.

Cities and Community:
Chris Hildrey, Hildrey Studio
ProxyAddress: Using Location Data to Reconnect Those Facing Homelessness with Support Services

Design and Technical:
Dr Kostas Grigoriadis, Architectural Association School of Architecture
Computational Blends: The Epistemology of Designing with Functionally Graded Materials

History and Theory:
Prof Jane Rendell, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
May Mo(u)rn: transitional spaces in architecture and psychoanalysis – a site-writing.

Ethics and Sustainable Development
Roland Karthaus, Anthony Hu & Lucy Block, Matter Architecture
Redesigning Prison – the Architecture and Ethics of Rehabilitation

The initial ProxyAddress receipt provided to service users at the first council meeting:
RIBA President's Awards for Research 2018 Hildrey Studio UK
photo © Hildrey Studio

RIBA President Ben Derbyshire said:
“Congratulations to all our research winners – I am inspired to see the range of inquiry and interrogation, which is vital to the development of our profession. I think it is particularly important to highlight those Practices winning our top awards. Hildrey Studio and Matter Architecture are both small, young Practices, who despite their size are tackling serious social issues and working with government to influence policy. The RIBA Research Medal is the latest in a number of accolades that Chris Hildrey’s project to address the devastation of homelessness has deservedly received. This work is representative of a trend in research submissions that are people focused: generating knowledge and ideas that seek to improve our way of living in the built environment. I look forward to seeing Chris’s project progress.”

The jury for the RIBA President’s Awards for Research 2018 was chaired by Dr Elizabeth Darling
(Reader in Architectural History, Oxford Brookes University) and was comprised of Chris Stewart
(Director, Collective Architecture); Dr Cristina Cerulli (Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Sheffield Hallam University); Ian Wroot (Head of Architecture, Liverpool John Moores University); Mark Lumley (Associate Director, Architype); Prof Ruth Morrow (Professor of Architecture, Queen’s University Belfast) and Xavier De Kestelier (Head of Design Technology and Innovation, Hassell Studio).

Previously on e-architect:

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