Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Short & Associates wins the President’s Award for Research

Short & Associates wins the President’s Award for Research“The RIBA President’s Awards for Research for Outstanding Professional Practice-located Research was won by Short and Associates for their work Design for the Warming Environment. This project, lead by Alan Short, looked to extend the capability of naturally ventilated buildings with minimal additional carbon emission to cope with warming city centres, such as London, and warmer continental type climates. The theories were tested at the UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies in London and the new hybrid natural/mechanically ventilated and cooled Academic Centre at Judson University, Chicago.”

- RIBA Press Release 08/10/07

The Judges’ citation:“Highly original and unique, as a body of knowledge and a design approach that has been developed over many years and several schemes, this work is exemplary. It is an original project that gives new insights into the dilemma and challenges of implementing passive ventilation systems in large public buildings, where the impact of the research, in terms of reflection, monitoring and assessing, is integral to the methodology. The work is extremely significant in the worldwide body of knowledge that deals with passive and natural ventilation and cooling systems. The investigation of all kinds of simulation techniques through research integrated into the design process, combined with post occupancy evaluation, has produced a body of research that is exemplary by the most rigorous academic standards”Alan Short is Professor of Architecture at the University of Cambridge. The work was done in collaboration with the BP Institute at Cambridge University and the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development at De Montfort University.

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