In 1996, the SOM Foundation established the UK Award, to be awarded annually to students studying Architecture at a UK-accredited school. Having had an office in London since 1986, SOM believes that the SOM Foundation UK award program is an investment in the British educational community for architecture.
SOM Foundation collaborates with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on the occasion of the much-anticipated annual event, “The RIBA President’s Medals,” which rewards student excellence in architectural education. The SOM Foundation provides two awards for travel fellowships, in the amount of £1,250. One award is given to a student who has completed Part 1 of their UK architectural education, and the other to a student who has completed Part 2.
To be considered for an RIBA President’s Medal, UK architecture students submit a design portfolio to the RIBA. The RIBA selects a jury of three to four professors at universities in the UK to review the submissions. Subsequently, the jury selects a short list of candidates whose submissions are submitted to the London office of SOM in order to select the two recipients of the SOM Foundation UK Awards. The SOM Jury, selected by SOM, is composed of the Design Director of the SOM London office and several professionals from the UK architectural community. The Head of Education Projects for the RIBA is present during the SOM Jury process.