SAHBG-IHBC Research Award launched: Celebrating the ‘quality of architectural-historical research… in heritage and conservation practice’: Closing 01/07

The IHBC is delighted to announce a new joint venture with the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB) that celebrates the quality of architectural-historical research produced as private consultants or for public bodies etc., with winners to receive a medal and a free place at an IHBC Annual School, with entries closing 1 July.

[Lone Le Vay]… ‘I very much welcome this new partnership…’

IHBC’s Vice Chair and co-judge of the new award Lone Le Vay said: ‘I very much welcome this new partnership between the IHBC and the SAHGB in launching our joint Heritage Research Award.’

… especially delighted …. award recognises and celebrates the quality of architectural-historical research…

‘I am especially delighted to be able to be involved as this new award recognises and celebrates the quality of architectural-historical research undertaken by colleagues in the preparation of conservation management plans, listing and other forms of statutory protection and the like are often under-represented in current thinking and advocacy.’

‘I would very much encourage IHBC members to consider submitting their research work for consideration for this award.’

The SAHGB and IHBC write: 

… Award celebrates research and critical reflection…

… opportunity to understand better the diversity of this work…

This new award – a joint venture between the SAHGB and IHBC – recognises and celebrates the quality of architectural-historical research produced by colleagues in heritage and conservation practice, as private consultants or on behalf of Non-Governmental Organisations, public bodies or comparable clients. Research undertaken for statements of significance, conservation management plans, and listing and other forms of statutory protection makes a significant, but all too often under-recognised contribution to the discipline and indeed to the quality of the historic environment. Moreover, methodological reflection on this work, and on heritage and preservationism more widely, adds much to practice of architectural history. Our Heritage Research Award will provide an opportunity to understand better the diversity of this work, celebrate the very best of the research that goes into it, and provide an opportunity to make it better known to other professionals and the public.

The Award celebrates research and critical reflection. It excludes specifically consideration, assessment or endorsement of any plans, projects, sites, advocacy or arbitration etc. linked in ANY way to the research, or the success, merits, demerits or otherwise of resulting advice, decisions or interventions. This separation between research and conservation outcomes mirrors the separation that the IHBC recognises between the advice given by an IHBC member to a client or employer and the potential decisions and outcomes that ultimately may be associated with that advice.

Winning work will receive a newly commissioned medal, to be presented at the SAHGB’s Annual Lecture and Awards Ceremony. Winning work will be published on the Society’s website, and winners will be given an opportunity to present their work at an Awards Showcase event and publish a substantial summary in the Society’s magazine, subject to our standard editorial process and at the Society’s discretion. Winners will also be offered a free place at the corresponding IHBC Annual School.

Judges for 2021 are:

  • Malcolm Airs (Emeritus Professor of Conservation and the Historic Environment, University of Oxford) (Chair)
  • Lone Le Vay (Vice Chair, Institute of Historic Building Conservation)
  • Tanvir Hassan (Deputy Chairman, Donald Insall Associates)
  • Christina Emersen (Head of Casework, Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings)
  • Aylin Orbasli (Reader in Architectural Regeneration, Oxford Brookes University)

Independent researchers, practices, amenity societies, relevant departments of religious bodies, and non-departmental public bodies are all invited to submit or nominate work that demonstrates significant and original work and that develops our understanding of the built environment.

NB: Our Award celebrates research and critical reflection; we are not assessing or endorsing particular projects or sites, or arbitrating on success or demerits of resulting planning decisions or architectural interventions.

The Award is open to UK-based researchers and practitioners and/or work on UK sites/subjects. We are seeking original research: work should not have been produced as coursework for degrees or professional accreditation, been published as a book, or substantially published elsewhere. It should be research undertaken and/or written up within the last 2 years (i.e from 1 January 2019).

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