RIBA Announces 30 Buildings Considered For Inaugural RIBA International Prize

RIBA has announced the 30 buildings selected to be visited by the RIBA awards committee this summer under consideration for the inaugural RIBA International Prize. These will be whittled down to 20 of the best buildings, after which six finalists will be chosen and visited by the Grand Jury this autumn. Setting a new global standard for architectural achievement, the prize will be judged by an expert panel led by world-renowned architect, Richard Rogers. 

From hundreds of entries, the 30 buildings selected range in size and budget. Projects range from large urban infrastructure schemes to private residential projects; cultural destinations to civic spaces; academic buildings to places of worship. The RIBA International Prize will be awarded to the most significant and inspirational building of the year. The winning building will demonstrate visionary, innovative thinking and excellence of execution, whilst making a distinct contribution to its users and to its physical context. Unlike any previous RIBA award for architecture, the RIBA International Prize is open to any qualified architect in the world. 

Billie Tsien, founding partner of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners based in New York City joins the Grand Jury adjudicating the Prize, chaired by Richard Rogers. Fellow jurors are Kunlé Adeyemi, founder and principal of NLÉ, Marilyn Jordan Taylor FAIA, the dean of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Fine Arts and Philip Gumuchdjian, founder of Gumuchdjian Architects and Chair of RIBA Awards. 

Speaking today, RIBA President, Jane Duncan commented: “We have been delighted with the response to our inaugural RIBA International Prize, which has brought a huge range of exceptional entries from all around the globe. It will be fascinating to see insights from the judges and entrants into the power and value of great architecture, wherever you are in the world.” 

Billie Tsien, Founding Partner of TWBTA speaking on joining the jury said: “It is a huge honour and responsibility to consider work for premiation. Of importance to me personally is the opportunity to recognize work of integrity, both aesthetically and in the value system under which it is made.”

Photo: Jockey Club Innovation Tower is a building of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. It was designed by Pritzker-prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid. This building is her first permanent work in Hong Kong. 

Buildings Nominated:

Angdong Hospital

Baojing County, China

Rural Urban Framework


Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Centre

Ribeira Grande, The Azores

Menos é Mais, Arquitectos Associados

João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto, Lda.

Restoration / Conservation

Buenos Aires Ciudad Casa de Gobierno

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Foster + Partners

Berdichevsky Cherny Arquitectos & StudioMinond



Culture House Rozet

Arnhem, Netherlands

Neutelings Riedijk Architects


DLR Lexicon

Dún Laoghaire Co, Dublin, Ireland

Carr Cotter Naessens


Europaallee Baufeld E

Zurich, Switzerland

Caruso St John Architects

Bosshard Vaquer Architekten


European Hansemuseum

Lübeck, Germany

Studio Andreas Heller Architects & Designers

Restoration / Conservation

Farming Kindergarten

Bien Hoa City, Vietnam

Vo Trong Nghia Architects


Fine Arts Museum of Asturias

Oviedo, Spain

Francisco Mangado – Mangado y Asociados

Restoration / Conservation

Fulton Centre

New York, USA



Page Ayres Cowley Architects


Heydar Aliyev Centre

Baku, Azerbaijan

Zaha Hadid Architects

DiA Holding


Invisible House

Hampton Australia

Peter Stutchbury Architecture

Private House

Jockey Club Innovation Tower

Hung Hom, Hong Kong

Zaha Hadid Architects


Museo Jumex

Mexico City, Mexico

David Chipperfield Architects

Taller Abierto de Arquitectura y Urbanismo (TAAU)


Office Building Moganshan Road

Hangshou, China

Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH


Oita Prefecture Art Museum

Oita, Japan

Shigeru Ban Architects


PARKROYAL on Pickering


WOHA Architects Pte. Ltd.

Residential / Hotel

Public Library of Constitucion

Constitucion, Chile

Sebastian Irarrazaval Arquitectos


Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies

Doha, Qatar

Mangera Yvars Architects Ltd



Stavanger, Norway

dRMM Architects / Helen and Hard Architects

Residential / Hotel

Saint Louis Art Museum

St. Louis, USA

David Chipperfield Architects



Saint Trinitatis Catholic Church

Leipzig, Germany

Schulz und Schulz


Sancaklar Mosque

Büyükçekmece/Istanbul, Turkey

EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture



Soo Khian Chan, Singapore

SCDA Architects Pte Ltd

Residential / Hotel

St Angela’s College Cork

Cork, Ireland

O’Donnell + Tuomey



Bodø, Norway

DRDH Architects


The Ring of Remembrance, International WWI Memorial of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette

Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, France



Tula House

Heriot Bay, Quadra Island, Canada

Patkau Architects

Private House

UTEC – Universidad de Ingenieria y Tecnologia

Peru, Lima

Grafton Architects

Shell Arquitectos


VIA at West 57th

New York, USA

BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

SLCE Architects

Residential / Hotel

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