The RIBA President's Medals Student Awards

The President's Medals History

The Royal Institute of British Architects champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members. We provide the standards, training, support and recognition that put our 40,000 members - in the UK and overseas - at the peak of their profession.

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. 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, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Kuwait, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. 

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