The Royal Institute of British Architects announced the recipients of research funding from two of the trust funds it manages, to support architectural research.
The 2010 RIBA Research Trust Awards, worth £30,000, are awarded to five architecture graduates pursuing an area of study in modern architecture, town planning or historical research, to develop their interest and abilities as researchers.
The prizes for 2010 were awarded to:
Matthew French of Cambridge University (supervised by Koen Steemers) was awarded £6,000 for his work "Bio-Climatic Design of Informal Self-Built Dwellings: a study in Kibera, Nairobi"
Nicholas Jewell of the University of Westminster (supervised by Murray Fraser) was awarded £6,000 for his work "Bringing it Back Home: The Urbanization of the British Shopping Mall as the West Goes East"
Practitioner Stephen McCusker (supervised by Richard Brook) was awarded £6,000 for his work "The Documentation and Mapping of the Central Premises of the Co-Operative Movement in the North-West of England (1844-2012)"
Karen McPhillips of Ulster University (supervised by Steven Spier) was awarded £6,000 for her work "Ecclesiastical Building Disuse and Identity: The Case of Carlisle Memorial Methodist Church"
Marisela Mendoza of Nottingham Trent University (supervised by John Chilton) ) was awarded £6,000 for her work "Felix Candela's Legacy: An Investigation of Felix Candela's Work and its Legacy to the Socio-Cultural Heritage and Public Identity of the Contemporary Society in Mexico and the UK"
The RIBA also announced this year's winner of the RIBA Gordon Ricketts Memorial Fund, which was created to help individuals take on research that will advance the cause of architecture. Tamara Horbacka was awarded £2,000 for her work "India: Cities, Architecture and Climate Change."
"In addition to supporting students in financial hardship, the RIBA is firmly committed to the promotion of excellence in architectural research," said Ruth Reed, RIBA President. "With the support of our generous partners we were able to allocate £106,000 to support architecture students and researchers over the last year."