A duo of architecture researchers from the University of Westminster have been shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA President’s Awards for Research.

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In the PhD category, Tania Sengupta is one of four selected entries for her thesis Producing the Province: Colonial governance and spatial cultures in district headquarter towns in Eastern India. Supervised by Professor Murray Fraser, Tania’s work was highly praised by her examiners for the way it interwove post-colonial theories with close spatial and political readings.

In the University Located category, Professor Jeremy Till, together with Dr Tatjana Schneider of the University of Sheffield have been shortlisted for their project and book Spatial Agency. Jeremy has previously won the award twice, the only person to have done so, and to be shortlisted for a third time represents a unique achievement.

Professor Katharine Heron, head of architecture, said: “Taken together with our continuing success in the RIBA President’s Medals for student work, the shortlisting of two of our researchers in this major award shows the all round international strength of the Department of Architecture at Westminster, in both teaching and research. We see research as an area of continuing growth for the department”.

The award winners will be announced in November 2011. The full list of shortlisted entries is on the RIBA website.

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