The Des Moines Public Library in Iowa, USA by David Chipperfield Architects; Southern Cross Station in Melbourne by Grimshaw and the Hearst Tower in New York by Foster & Partners are the three contenders for the Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) prestigious Lubetkin Prize, supported byThe Architectural Review, for the most outstanding work of architecture outside the UK and the European Union by an RIBA member.
The presentation of the Lubetkin Prize will form the climax of the RIBA National and International Awards dinner and ceremony, to be held at the London Hilton Hotel on Friday 22 June 2007, during Architecture Week. Live at the ceremony, the winners of the RIBA National 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:
1. British Embassy, Sana'a, Yemen by Design Engine Architects
2. Des Moines Public Library, Iowa, USA by David Chipperfield Architects
3.Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia by JCY Architects & Urban Planners
4. Hearst Tower, New York, USA by Foster & Partners
5. L5 Building, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia by Bligh Voller Nield
6. New Residence at the Swiss Embassy Washington DC, USA by Steven Holl Architects
7. School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa, USA by Steven Holl Architects
8. Southern Cross Station, Melbourne, Australia by Grimshaw (working within the Grimshaw Jackson Joint Venture)
Speaking today, Jack Pringle, RIBA President, said:
"It is fantastic to be able to highlight the achievements of our members working internationally with this important award, which is now in its second year. I look forward to congratulating the winner at the Awards Dinner on 22 June with this prize that also serves to honour Berthold Lubetkin, an RIBA member who made a major impact on architecture internationally."
The three shortlisted buildings were seen by a visiting jury of Niall McLaughlin, architect and chair of the RIBA Awards Group and Tony Chapman, RIBA Head of Awards. They will report to the full jury which also includes architects; RIBA President Jack Pringle, Edward Jones and Joanna van Heyningen. Berthold Lubetkin's daughter Sasha will present the winner of the Lubetkin Prize with a unique cast concrete plaque, based loosely on Lubetkin'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.