Masters student Fay al Khalifa has won the RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding Master’s Degree Thesis in the RIBA President’s Research Awards 2013. The award was given for her dissertation entitled An urban healing agenda for reform in Bahrain: where the dweller falls into the urban gap and the sailing boat hits the skyscraper, which was completed as part of her MA in Conservation and Regeneration course at SSoA and was supervised by Professor Peter Blundell Jones.
The RIBA judging panel praised Fay’s thesis as follows…
“Al Khalifa successfully tackled the implications of rapid change in Bahrain in a post-oil world in this well executed study. Although the struggle to find people willing to contribute is evident, the author has been able to consult with key players including the Bahrain Ministry of Culture and the University of Bahrain. This sophisticated MA is full of astute observations and recommendations; a relevant and important topic tackled well.”
Further information about the awards is available on the RIBA website.
This award continues our very successful record in the RIBA Research Awards. In 2012, SSoA staff, Sarah Wigglesworth, Cristina Cerulli and Tatjana Schneider won awards for Practice Based Research and PhD student, Stephen Parnell, won the award for best PhD. In 2011, Tatjana Schneider was awarded the RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding University-located Research for her work Spatial Agency with Jeremy Till (then at Westminster).
Fay al Khalifa is now completing a PhD in the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield.