The RIBA In­ter­na­tional Prize

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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

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