RIBA launches global architecture award with jury including Richard Rogers

For the first time in the history of the organisation, the Royal Institute of Architects (RIBA) has launched an international awards, the 2016 RIBA International Prize, which will award the world’s best new building.

The prize will be awarded to a building of any type or budget and in any country, with qualifications that exemplify design excellence, architectural ambition, and a meaningful social impact. Entries are open to any qualified architect in the world.

RIB headquarters in London

“It is our intention that the RIBA International Prize will uncover the world’s most innovative and visionary architect and spark local and global debates about the positive impact that well-designed buildings and places can have on their communities and environment,” said RIBA president Jane Duncan.

Jane Duncan

The winners will be chosen by a grand jury, chaired by acclaimed architect Richard Rogers as well as fellow judges including founder and principal of NLE, Kunle Adeyemi and Philip Gumuchdjian, founder of Gumuchdjian Architects and chair of RIBA’s awards committee. Full jury will be announced soon.

“I look forward to discovering how architecture is reacting to and resolving issued posed by the changing demands of a global community,” said Richard Rogers.

A shortlist of six will be finalised before picking a final winner, in turn selected from a total of 20 winners of RIBA Awards for International Excellence. Architecture in the UK will be represented by the RIBA Stirling Prize winners.

RIBA’s rigorous judging will ensure that two expert panels of jurors visit each of the shortlisted buildings twice in person, before the grand jury selects six finalists to visit once more before deciding a final winner.

“This is the first time RIBA has opened its awards to any architect from any country, and I look forward to exploring how this helps us learn how architects worldwide are responding to the unique challenges and opportunities of their local geographies with resourceful and innovative solutions,” said Kunle Adeyemi.

In the inaugural year of the RIBA International Prize, buildings entered must have been completed within the past three years (between 1 January 2013 and 1 February 2016). For each year after that, the Prize will be awarded to buildings completed within two years.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday 9 February 2016. 

To enter, or find out more, visit: https://www.architecture.com/Awards