We offer a range of prizes and awards for architects, buildings and clients in the UK and internationally.
UK - Regional
RIBA Regional Awards
An RIBA Regional Award is given to a UK building for its regional importance as a piece of architecture. Winners of regional awards are also eligible for the below special awards.
Regional Conservation Award
Conservation architects are encouraged to enter the RIBA awards with buildings or significant structures. All entries will be considered by a panel including an conservation specialist. Judges understand that every act of conservation, from restoration to the sensitive addition to an old building, involves design decisions so every good conservation scheme is eligible for an RIBA regional award. The best conservation regional award-winning schemes will be considered for regional Conservation Awards.
The project should respect and enhance the original building, but also have regard to the wider context. Buildings will demonstrate at least one of the following: creative repair and conservation, adaptive re-use of historic buildings, refurbishment and regeneration. Projects may also demonstrate an understanding of and give reference to the vernacular traditions and materials of their locality.
Regional Project Architect of the Year
Awarded to the qualified architect who led an award-winning project and made key and demonstrable contributions to its success.
Regional/RSAW Client of the Year
Rewards the client’s demonstrable commitment to procuring and achieving quality architecture.
Regional Small Project of the Year
Given to projects with budgets less than £500,000 the winning project should demonstrate creativity and architectural merit within the limits of its budget.
Regional/RSAW Sustainability award
Rewards projects that go beyond statutory requirements and demonstrate elegantly and durably the principles of sustainable architecture.
Regional/RSAW Building of the Year
Given to the project that best demonstrates architectural excellence while contributing positively to its economic, social, environmental and cultural context and made a significant contribution to the practice of architecture in its local context.
UK - National
An RIBA National Award is given to a building for its national significance and its contribution to architecture in the UK. Only projects that have already won an RIBA Regional Award will be eligible for an RIBA National Award.
RIBA National Awards
Awarded to the buildings that set national standards for good architecture, successful projects should demonstrate design excellence, be fit for purpose and be sustainable. Only RIBA National Award winners will be considered for the RIBA Stirling Prize.
RIBA Client of the Year, sponsored by the Bloxham Foundation
This award honours the key role that a good client plays in the creation of fine architecture. The RIBA Client of the Year consistently champions innovation in architecture and gives inspiration to the design team. They demonstrate an active involvement within the design process, displaying creativity, vision and courage.
Stephen Lawrence Prize, supported by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation
The annual prize, which rewards the best examples of projects that have a construction budget of less than £1 million, is intended to encourage fresh talent working with smaller budgets. Whilst continuing to recognise the overriding importance of design, the 2016 jury will also attach high importance to the role of architects under 40 in the shortlisted projects, whether working as principals or as project leaders in a more established practice.
RIBA House of the Year, sponsored by Hiscox
The award goes to the best example in the UK of a one-off house that demonstrates innovation in the design of house building.
RIBA Stirling Prize, sponsored by Almacantar
The most prestigious of our UK awards, The RIBA Stirling Prize is awarded to a building considered the most significant for the evolution of architecture in the UK.
Our new global architecture awards champion buildings that change the world. Awarded to any building worldwide these awards set a new global standard for architecture and are open to any qualified architect. Architecture in the UK will be represented by the RIBA Stirling Prize winner.
RIBA Awards for International Excellence
Given to buildings worldwide that stretch the boundaries of architecture. Irrespective of style, complexity and size of both scheme and budget successful projects should demonstrate visionary or innovative thinking and excellence of execution. Winners of these awards are considered for the RIBA International Prize.
RIBA International Emerging Architect Prize
RIBA International Emerging Architect Prize, awarded to a building designed by a practice whose founding director is under the age of 40 at the time of the building’s completion.
RIBA International Prize
A biennial prize awarded to the building thought by the judges to be the most significant and inspirational. The winning building will demonstrate visionary, innovative thinking, excellence of execution, whilst making a generous contribution to society and to its physical context - be it the public realm, the natural environment or both.
The prize re-affirms the visionary purpose of the RIBA as stated in its 1837 charter: "for the general advancement of Civil Architecture."
Only buildings that have won an RIBA Award for International Excellence will be eligible for the RIBA International Prize.
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RIBA, RSAW, RIAS, RSUA members and RIBA International Fellows can enter projects into both the UK and international awards. If you are thinking about entering buildings in the UK, but are not a member then please see more information on becoming a member.
International awards are open to any qualified architect.
To enter a building in the UK (excluding Scotland - see below) for the RIBA Awards the project director must:
- be a current RIBA, RSAW, RIAS, RSUA chartered member or RIBA International Fellow
- have completed the building, which must have been occupied (partially-occupied commercial and housing projects subject to RIBA approval) between 1 January 2014 and 1 February 2016
- have the client's permission to submit the building
If you worked in collaboration with another practice or architect then you must all be in agreement on the entry and how the building should be credited.
To enter a building outside the UK for the RIBA Awards for International Excellence the project director must:
- be a qualified architect
- have completed the building, which must have been occupied (partially-occupied commercial and housing projects subject to RIBA approval) between 1 January 2013 and 1 February 2016
- have the client's permission to submit the building
We will ask you for evidence of your membership of an organisation such as the RIBA, or registration with an architecture registration board. If you are not a member of any such organisation, we will need details of your qualification certificate and the academic institute you graduated from.
Buildings in Scotland
To enter all projects in Scotland (including re-submissions for RIBA National Awards) please see the RIAS Awards.
Entrants whose scheme failed to win an RIAS Award in 2015 are able to re-submit it for re-consideration in 2016 for an RIBA National Award (not an RIAS Award) provided that:
- the scheme still falls within the two year eligibility period - it was completed and occupied between 1 January 2014 and 1 February 2016
- the full entry fee for RIAS Awards 2016 is paid
The scheme will judged by different judges and will include a RIBA Representative and one RIAS judge. As before no resubmission for RIAS Awards is allowed.
To create your awards account you will need the following:
- An email address. This contact should be the individual co-ordinating your awards entries.
For UK projects
- an individual RIBA, RSAW, RIAS, RSUA or RIBA International Fellowship member number. The membership number should be up to 8 digits long and contain numbers only e.g. 12345678.
For International projects
- International awards are open to any qualified architect. You will need to provide evidence of the project director’s membership of an organisation such as the RIBA, or registration with an architecture registration board. If you are not a member of any such organisation, we will need details of your qualification certificate and the academic institute you graduated from.
Once you have started your online entry you may work on your submission(s) up until:
23:59 on Tuesday 9 February 2016 for UK projects.
23:59 on Tuesday 8 March 2016 for international projects.
All of the following information will need to be provided (in English) in order to complete your awards submission:
Project name, project address (including county for UK projects) and postcode if applicable, gross internal area in sq m, in the case of largely landscape/urban design projects gross external area in sq m, contract value of the project including build and fit-out if done/overseen by the architect (excluding land costs and fees) and occupation date of the project.
Architect practice name, practice address, contact details for project director/architect, client and contractor, a contact for jury visits if different from project director/architect, press contact if external to the practice entering and photographer details. If you worked in collaboration with another practice or architect then you must all be in agreement on the entry and how the building should be credited.
500 words describing the project setting out the client’s brief, planning constraints, materials and method of construction, summary of timetable, programme and budget constraints, and where applicable, a short statement on how the building contributes to its society and meets the principles of inclusive design. This project description will be used in jury meetings and to influence editorial coverage, so please ensure this fully covers your entry.
A list of all key consultants to be credited eg. structural engineer, services engineer, landscape architect(s) etc with contact details. These consultants will be credited on all of our online content, press releases and awards certificates.
Entrants are required to submit the following:
- up to 10 jpeg images with a max width of 1269 px and height of 846 px.
- 5 high resolution jpeg images to be used for press purposes (these can but need not be high res versions of the previous selection). Height and width must exceed or equal 1000 px. Max file size is 10MB.
Building images should be a mixture of external and internal shots of the project. Each image must be uploaded as single image files, not composite boards. An exception to this rule would be to place the before and after images of a refurb project side by side and upload as one file. These images are used for judging purposes and should convey the way in which the project relates to its context. We advise both wide shots and close-ups and, if possible, show the building in use. Do not put company logos or text on any images. We will ask for the photographer name and contact for each image uploaded.
Entrants must also upload:
- up to 6 drawing files as flattened PDF or JPEG format and not exceed 2MB and max 150dpi.
- include at least location plan (showing project in context), site plan, ground floor plan (showing main access), typical floor plan, and two sections.
You may upload up to 6 separate files. These can be configured as 1-3 drawings per page if needs be. Please bear in mind the jury will be reading the drawings on A4 paper and on screen so landscape orientation is preferred if possible.
Name and contact details of photographer(s). You must obtain the permission of the photographer or other copyright owner to use the photographs or other media submitted as part of your application. The RIBA will only use the photographs or other media submitted for the purposes of the RIBA Awards.
The RIBA will require confirmation that the relevant copyright owner of the photograph or other media submitted has licensed the right to use the photograph or other media of your scheme for all purposes related to the RIBA Awards (in print, social and digital media). For instance, this might include publicising an exhibition (of winning entries), a lecture series (featuring the winning architects), or promoting the Award itself. Photographers will always be credited on their images so supplying us with the correct information on each photograph is essential.
All entries will need to provide a max 500 word statement to explain how you have addressed the broader aspects of sustainability. For instance, you may wish to describe how the design choices you have made have had a positive impact on energy performance, social sustainability, resilience to climate change and whole life carbon analysis.
For UK entries only
If the project contract value is over £1 million UK entrants must provide annual energy figures (if project has not been occupied for one year please provide projected figures), describe the building’s performance in use with particular reference to energy use, and energy performance figures and statistics signed off by an environmental engineer. No UK scheme will be considered for an award without the required information.
We provide a pdf template for you to download and send to any external sustainability consultants to fill in and send back to you. All figures must then be completed in the online entry. To view the sustainability pdf the project information form must first be completed online, if contract value is over £1 million the pdf will appear in the sustainability section.
UN Global Compact
The RIBA supports the universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption that form the UN Global Compact. As a signatory the RIBA is committed to upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethics in architecture and the wider construction industry.
The RIBA reserves the right to request further information about the ways in which the scheme complies with the principles of the UN Global Compact and will take this into account when determining awards.
Online entry payment by credit card or debit card:
Each entry requires one payment. The entry fee is dependent on the contract value of the building entered, see payment bands below, which are applicable to all entrants.
Payments must be made separately for each entry submitted, i.e. they cannot be grouped together for multiple entries and you must pay the full amount, including VAT.
Payments must be made online using a valid credit or debit card at the end of the entry process. Once payment is made you cannot alter your entry - payment results in the final submission of your entry.