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RIBA launches new global architecture award


December 14, 2015
by Canadian Architect

The RIBA Grand Jury (left to right): Richard Rogers, founding director of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Kunlé Adeyemi, director, NLÉ Projects, Philip Gumuchdjian, director of Gumuchdjian Architects

The RIBA Grand Jury (left to right): Richard Rogers, founding director of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Kunlé Adeyemi, director, NLÉ Projects, Philip Gumuchdjian, director of Gumuchdjian Architects

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is delighted to announce the 2016 RIBA International Prize, a new global architecture award for the world’s best new building.

Opening for on Tuesday 8 December 2015, the RIBA International Prize will be awarded to a building of any type or budget and in any country, which exemplifies design excellence, architectural ambition and which delivers meaningful social impact.  The prize is open to any qualified architect in the world.

The winner will be chosen by a Grand Jury led by acclaimed architect Richard Rogers and including Kunlé Adeyemi, founder and principal of NLÉ and Philip Gumuchdjian, founder of Gumuchdjian Architects, Chair of RIBA’s awards committee. The full jury will be announced in due course.

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada will be involved in the preliminary evaluation of Canadian entries. RIBA’s rigorous judging process will see 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 to decide on the winning building.

Speaking today, RIBA President Jane Duncan said:

“We are thrilled to launch this new award to recognise and celebrate architectural excellence across the world. It is our intention that the RIBA International Prize will uncover the world’s most innovative and visionary architecture and spark local and global debates about the positive impact that well-designed buildings and places can have on their communities and environment.”

 Richard Rogers, Chair of the Grand Jury welcomed the Prize:

I’m delighted to lead the jury for the inaugural RIBA International Prize, and look forward to discovering how architecture is reacting to and resolving issues posed by the changing demands of a global community. We look forward to establishing the RIBA International Prize as a new standard by which to assess and promote design excellence on a global scale.”

Kunlé Adeyemi, Founding Director of NLÉ Projects and fellow judge commented:

“It’s a privilege to be a part of the inaugural RIBA International Prize grand jury, where we hope to discover the most exciting and ambitious buildings being created across the world. This is the first time RIBA have opened their 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.”

The RIBA International Prize is presented in association with the UIA (Union Internationale des Architectes). To enter or find out more, visit www.architecture.com/Awards2016



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