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.