RIBA Announces Second Edition Of RIBA International Prize For World’s Best Building

BY Rebecca Anne Proctor / Jul 9 2017 / 17:59 PM

The highly prestigious award is now open for entries

RIBA Announces Second Edition Of RIBA International Prize For World’s Best Building
UTEC - Universidad de Ingenieria y Tecnologia. Photo credit: Iwan Baan Courtesy of Grafton Architects

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the second edition of the RIBA International Prize—a prestigious award given for the world’s best building. Now open for entries, the prize will be given to a building that exemplifying architectural ambition, design excellence, and which delivers meaningful social impact. In 2016 the prize was awarded to Grafton Architects for UTEC (Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología) in Lima, Peru. An innovative “vertical campus” structure, the building was dubbed “a modern-day Macchu Picchu” by the RIBA Jury.

The Grand Jury for the 2018 RIBA International Prize will include a host of renowned names from the design and architecture community. Led by Elizabeth Diller​, partner of acclaimed US firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the jury 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 endow his passion and unique perspective on architecture to the prize. ​According to its press release, RIBA will announce the full jury soon.

​“It is my honour to Chair the Grand Jury for the RIBA International Prize,” said Diller. “In launching this call to entries, we are also launching a call to arms to the architecture community and to the public to consider the importance of challenging the status quo, of putting forward new paradigms, and of thinking broadly about architecture’s potential reach. Building on the success of its inaugural year, I look forward to beginning the process of discovering a building of strong civic importance that contributes to the culture of architecture while addressing the democratic values of our time."

The winner 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 2018.

The prize is open to any qualified architect in the world, for a building of any size, type or budget. Entries close on 17 October 2017.