Two Canadian projects finalists for the inaugural RIBA Lubetkin Prize

The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa by Moriyama and Teshima Architects/Griffiths Rankin Cook Architects in joint venture; the Terrence Donnelly Centre in Toronto, by Behnisch Architekten with architects Alliance; and the Red Location Museum of the People’s Struggle in South Africa by Noero Wolff Architects are the three shortlisted contenders for the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) inaugural Lubetkin Prize, supported by the Architectural Review, for the most outstanding work of architecture outside the UK and the European Union by a RIBA member.

The presentation of the Lubetkin Prize will form the climax of the RIBA Awards dinner and ceremony, to be held at the London Hilton Hotel on June 23, 2006, during Architecture Week. At the ceremony, the winners of the RIBA Awards and the RIBA European Awards (both eligible for the RIBA Stirling Prize in association with the Architects’ Journal) will also be announced.

The full list of RIBA International Award winners, from which the Lubetkin Prize shortlist has been selected, is as follows:

*173-176 Perry Street, New York, United States Richard Meier & Partners

*A Bridge in Maosi Village, China – Department of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong

*British Council, Lagos, Nigeria Allies and Morrison

*Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, Canada Moriyama and Teshima Architects / Griffiths Rankin Cook Architects in joint venture

*Dulnyouk Publishers, South Korea Foreign Office Architects

*Kasetlett School, Oslo, Norway div.A arkitekter

*Red Location Museum of the People’s Struggle, New Brighton, South Africa Noero Wolff Architects

*Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, Toronto, Canada Behnisch Architekten with architectsAlliance

*The Wohl Centre, Israel Studio Daniel Libeskind with architects The Heder Partnership

*Zurich Airport, Switzerland Grimshaw Architects

Jack Pringle, RIBA President, said: “I am delighted that the RIBA in association with the Architectural Review has created the Lubetkin Prize. Not only will the prize highlight the significant achievements of our members across the globe, but it also serves to honour Berthold Lubetkin, a RIBA member who made a major impact on architecture internationally.”

Paul Finch, Editor of the Architectural Review added: “As publishers of the best of world architecture, the Architectural Review is delighted to be supporting the new RIBA International Awards and the Lubetkin Prize. These important awards highlight the variety and quality of the work undertaken by RIBA members in a wide geographical and cultural context.”

The Lubetkin Prize jury will visit all three shortlisted buildings before selecting the winner. The judges are RIBA President Jack Pringle, Professor Jeremy Till, Chair of the RIBA Awards Group and Paul Finch, Editor of the Architectural Review.

Berthold Lubetkin’s daughter Sasha will present the winner of the Lubetkin Prize with a unique cast concrete plaque, based loosely on her father’s design for the Penguin Pool at London Zoo. It has been commissioned by the RIBA and designed and made by the artist Petr Weigl.