The RIBA International Prize
The RIBA (Royal Institute for British Architects) International Prize, established in 2015, is the first global prize for architecture that has been created by the institution. The prestigious prize — now in its second edition — is open to any registered architect in the world, and is awarded to a new building of any size, type, or budget. The prize celebrates architectural ambition on a global scale and is an invitation to showcase how design is addressing today’s pressing concerns.
The Prize will be awarded to a building which exemplifies design excellence and delivers meaningful social impact. The inaugural RIBA International Prize was awarded in 2016 to Grafton Architects for their outstanding university building, UTEC (Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología) in Lima, Peru. The innovative ‘vertical campus’ structure was dubbed ‘a modern-day Machu Picchu’ by the RIBA Jury.
The Grand Jury for the 2018 RIBA International Prize will be led by Elizabeth Diller, partner of acclaimed US firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro; and includes Joshua Bolchover, co-founder of Rural Urban Framework, a pioneering research and design collaborative practice based in Hong Kong and winner of the first RIBA International Prize’s award for Best Emerging Practice; and lay juror, acclaimed choreographer Wayne McGregor CBE, who will bring his passion and unique perspective on architecture to the prize. The winner of the RIBA International Prize will be selected following a rigorous judging process that will see two expert panels of jurors visit each of the shortlisted buildings twice in person before the Grand Jury selects four finalists to visit for a final time; the winning building will be announced in November. Entries close on 17 October, 2017.
Clockwise, from top-left: Joshua Bolchover; Elizabeth Diller; Wayne McGregor CBE