RIBA Dissertation Prize Nomination

In Search of Well Tempered Environment(s)

This years CSA nomination for the RIBA Dissertation Prize was Daniel Stilwell's MArch paper, 'In Search of Well Tempered Environment(s)'.

In Search of Well-tempered Environment(s)’ explores the interior conditions of the home through relational qualities of space, material, philosophy, psychology, geography and history. This research looks at non-stereotypical understandings of setting, situation, context, habitat and shelter in material, immaterial, tangible and intangible ways. Whilst Reyner Banham in 'The Architecture of the Well-tempered Environment' sets out to write a book about firsts and not most in well-tempered living through technological advances, environmental awareness in architectural histories and the reliance on mechanical services to create his environmental bubble, this research proposes that there are relational conditions, working together. This research provides alternate views, thinking and research on the semantic linguistics at play with environment(s) of domesticity. Showing how habitat, surrounding, setting and context can change the conditions of the interior and of the everyday life.

About the RIBA Student Prizes
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.

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