RIBA launches The RIBA International Prize

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced a new global architecture award for the world’s best new building.

The RIBA International Prize will be awarded to a building which exemplifies design excellence, architectural ambition and also delivers meaningful social impact.

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.”

RIBA’s judging process will see two expert panels of jurors visit each of the shortlisted buildings twice in person before the Grand Jury led by acclaimed architect Richard Rogers selects six finalists from which to choose the winner.

Other Grad Jury members include Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ Projects, Marilyn Jordan Taylor FAIA and Philip Gumuchdjian of Gumuchdjian Architects.

Adeyemi commented:

“This is the first time RIBA have opened their awards to any architect from any country and I look forward to exploring how architects worldwide are responding to the unique challenges and opportunities of their local geographies with resourceful and innovative solutions.”


An additional prize, the RIBA International Emerging Architect Prize, will be awarded to a building designed by a practice whose oldest founding director is under the age of 40 at the time of the building’s completion.

The RIBA International Prize is open to any qualified architect in the world and entries close on the 9 February 2016.

The winner of the first RIBA International Prize will be announced at a ceremony in London in December.