The President's Medals History



Established in 1836 when the Institute of British Architects awarded the first Silver Medal for best architectural essay, the President's Medals are the RIBA’s oldest awards and are regarded as the most prestigious international awards in architectural education.

The current format of the awards dates to 1986, when the Institute replaced a large number of student awards, scholarships and prizes with the Bronze and Silver Medals to reward outstanding design work at RIBA Part 1 and Part 2. In 2001, a Dissertation Medal was added to reward accomplished written work.

The winners receive their awards from the RIBA President at a ceremony at the RIBA in London in early December of each year. This coincides with the opening of an exhibition of entries that also tours throughout the UK and internationally.

Over the last few years, this showcase of talented student work has been exhibited in countries such as Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Finland, France, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Kuwait, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

For more information about the awards or this website, please email us at presidents.medals@riba.org.