University of Strathclyde's James Tait wins top Silver Medal

The RIBA, in association with Atkins, has announced the winners of its President's Medals Student Awards 2008.

The awards promote excellence in the study of architecture, rewarding talent and encouraging architectural debate world-wide.

James Tait from the University of Strathclyde won the Silver Medal for his project "Time and Tide for Seaweed" and Wynne Leung and Francesco Matteo Belfiore from the University of Greenwich won the Bronze Medal for their joint project "Invisible University Library".

Dominic Severs from the University of Westminster won the Dissertation Medal for his work "Rookeries and No-go Estates: St. Giles and Broadwater Farm".

As many as 111 Schools of architecture offering RIBA validated courses around the world were asked to nominate two of their best student design projects at Part 1 (first degree), two at Part 2 (second degree) and one dissertation.

116 additional schools from all over the world were also invited to submit work to the competition.

Sunand Prasad, president of the RIBA, said: "The President's Medals awards promote and reward outstanding talent demonstrated in projects emanating from schools of architecture worldwide. The RIBA is particularly proud of its international involvement in architectural education and is delighted with the very high calibre of projects and dissertations being submitted."

The public exhibition of the winning work is on display at the RIBA headquarters until the end of January 2009.

An exhibition of the winning work will tour the UK and abroad in 2009.