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RIBA International Prize

RIBA International Prize

RIBA International Prize

Awarded to the most transformative building which demonstrates visionary, innovative thinking, excellence of execution, and makes a distinct contribution to its users and physical context.

The 2018 RIBA International Prize will be awarded to a building which exemplifies design excellence, architectural ambition and delivers meaningful social impact. The RIBA International Prize winner and RIBA Awards for International Excellence winners will be selected from the RIBA International List 2018 – a selection of the world’s best new buildings compiled from the entries to the awards.

The prize is open to any qualified architect in the world, for a building of any size, type or budget and will be adjudicated by a distinguished Grand Jury led by Elizabeth Diller, partner of acclaimed US firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday 21 November.

The Prize, awarded every two years, brings international attention to the most inspirational and significant new buildings across the globe but also to a range of the industry's leading talents.

In 2016, the inaugural RIBA International Prize was awarded to Grafton Architects for their outstanding university building, UTEC (Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología) in Lima, Peru.

The Grand Jury

We are delighted to announce that Kazuyo Sejima, Gloria Cabral and Peter Clegg have joined Elizabeth Diller and Joshua Bolchover on the grand jury of the RIBA International Prize 2018.

RIBA International Prize jury 2018

  • Elizabeth Diller, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Chair of the Grand Jury
  • Joshua Bolchover, Co-Founding Director of Rural Urban Framework
  • Kazuyo Sejima, Founding Partner of SANAA
  • Gloria Cabral, Partner of Gabinete de Arquitectura
  • Peter Clegg, Senior Partner of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Unfortunately, due to changes in the judging schedule, Wayne McGregor is no longer able to be on the Grand Jury for the RIBA International Prize 2018.

RIBA International Emerging Architect 2018

Gustavo Utrabo and Pedro Duschenes, founders of Brazilian architecture firm Aleph Zero, are the recipients of the RIBA International Emerging Architect 2018 for their project the Children Village in Formoso do Araguaia, Brazil, designed with Rosenbaum.

The Children Village

RIBA International List 2018

A new biennial selection of the world’s best new buildings.

 

 

A closer look at the RIBA International List

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The RIBA International List 2018 - A Closer Look: Education Projects

Take a closer look at the nine education projects on the 2018 RIBA International list. From a post disaster school in Thailand to a university campus masterplan, these projects all impressed the RIBA International Prize jury enough to make it onto the international list of projects to look out for in 2018.

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The RIBA International List 2018 - A Closer Look: Residential and Hotel Projects

Take a closer look at the nine hotel and housing projects on the 2018 RIBA International list. From new social housing in Lisbon to verdant, high-rise residential blocks in Milan and Wabern, these projects all impressed the RIBA International Prize jury enough to make it onto the international list of projects to look out for in 2018.

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The RIBA International List 2018 - A closer look: Houses

RIBA Awards Group member John Pardey reflects on the six private house projects on the 2018 RIBA International List, and talks about what made them stand out to the RIBA International Prize judges as buildings to watch out for in 2018.

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The RIBA International List 2018 - A closer look: Sacred buildings

Take a closer look at four sacred buildings on the 2018 RIBA International List, which span three different continents and offer new spaces for worship

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The RIBA International List 2018 - A closer look: Offices

Take a closer look at the ten office projects on the 2018 RIBA International list, which reveal a range of global trends in workplace design. Collaboration, wellbeing and new technologies are common themes for the judges' selection of office projects, which span Australia, China, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands and Portugal.

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The RIBA International List 2018 - A Closer Look: Civic and Infrastructure projects

Take a closer look at eight civic and infrastructure projects on the 2018 RIBA International list. From a maritime terminal in Italy, to a national library in Saudi Arabia, these buildings around the world impressed the judges enough to make it onto our list of projects to watch out for as the RIBA International Prize shortlist and winners are announced later this year.

Media partners

RIBA International Prize media partners

CNN Style | International News Partner
We are delighted to be partnering again with CNN Style for the International Prize. Their truly international reach and broad public audience elevates the promotion of this Prize, the projects chosen and the architects behind them, to audiences all round the world.

Dezeen | Professional Partner
This year we are working with Dezeen, as our professional partner, bringing their critical eye and pioneering editorial voice in the architecture and design community to bear on this prestigious award.

Wallpaper* | Lifestyle Partner
We are pleased to be working again with Wallpaper* as our lifestyle partner, having worked with Wallpaper* in 2016* to host a panel discussion at the Venice Biennale and to explore the intersection between architecture and design - Wallpaper* offer a creative take and personal insight on the human face of the industry and help us to convey the role buildings have to play in everyday life.

BA High Life | Travel Media Partner
We’re excited to welcome BA High Life as our travel media partner; as a truly global award we look forward to working with this prestigious title to explore the concerns and exciting opportunities which international travel affords the architecture industry - bringing global expertise to address local challenges and enabling architects worldwide to share ideas and make real change to the face of the built environment.

Partnerships

Union Internationale des Architectes logoAssociation of European Architects logo

The RIBA International Prize is in association with the Union Internationale des Architectes (UIA) and in collaboration with Architects' Council of Europe (ACE), and our counterpart organisations around the globe.

About the RIBA International Prize

The RIBA International Prize is awarded to the project which demonstrates visionary, innovative thinking, and design excellence and makes a distinct contribution for its users and within its physical context.

As with all RIBA Awards, the judging will be formidably rigorous. The RIBA's governing body for awards, the Awards Group (comprising architects and non-architects), spend a week viewing all the materials from several hundred entries. 

This year thirty schemes around the world were visited by members of the RIBA Awards Group and an architect local to the building. The Group then chose 20 RIBA Awards for International Excellence including the winner of the RIBA International Emerging Architect, which was won by Aleph Zero for the Children Village in Brazil. 

 
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