RIBA President’s Medal winner announced

By Elspeth Pridham
January 26, 2021

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the recipient of the RIBA President’s Medal for Research which celebrates the best research in the fields of architecture and the built environment.

The winner is Richard Beckett from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London for Probiotic Design. Through exploring the integral role of bacteria in human health, Richard proposes a design approach that reintroduces beneficial bacteria to create healthy buildings.

Probiotic design was selected from winners of the 2020 RIBA Presidents Awards for Research which were given in four categories Climate Change, Cities and Community, Design and Technical and History and Theory.

RIBA President Alan Jones says, “Research is an important aspect of the architects’ profession, informing how we address the major issues facing the industry, government, society and the world at large. I congratulate the 2020 RIBA President’s Research Award winners for rising to the top and being recognised for the high quality and potential impact of their work. The RIBA President’s Research Medal winner, Probiotic Design, is an impressive, unique and innovative approach to creating healthy buildings. Research can be found across many areas of practice and business, academia, institutes and disciplines, and it’s crucial that we continue to celebrate and support the important role research has in our futures.”