Lima, Peru

The Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) in Lima, designed by Grafton Architects, has won the first ever RIBA International Prize. Setting a new global standard for architectural achievement, the Royal Institute of British Architects’ prize has been judged by a grand jury chaired by world-renowned architect, Richard Rogers.

UTEC is an inspirational new building in the Barranco district of Lima and a bold new addition to the city skyline. The Ireland-based architecture firm Grafton Architects in collaboration with local partners, Shell Arquitectos have created a new campus building for Lima’s specialist engineering university, established to give young Peruvians access to qualifications, professional opportunities and to encourage social mobility.

Speaking about the building, the RIBA jury said:

'UTEC is an exceptional example of civil architecture - a building designed with people at its heart. Grafton Architects have created a new way to think about a university campus, with a distinctive ‘vertical campus’ structure responding to the temperate climatic conditions and referencing Peru’s terrain and heritage.

'Sitting on the border of two residential districts in Lima, in section UTEC perches tantalizingly on the edge of a ravine. Seen from across the ravine it is as bold and as pure a statement of the symbiosis between architecture and engineering as could be imagined; a piece of geology imposed on its pivotal site, mirroring the organic curve of the landscape and accommodating itself in the city. To its close neighbours, it is a series of landscaped terraces with clefts, overhangs and grottos, a modern day Machu Picchu.

'UTEC has been designed to encourage its students to interact in a unique way with the building. The vertical structure provides open circulation and meeting spaces in a succession of platforms that compose the ‘frame’ of the building; teaching rooms, laboratories and offices are enclosed, inserted into and suspended from the exposed concrete structure. The frame is a device providing shade, a place of rich spatial exuberance and a platform from which to view the life of the city. The entire life of this vertical campus is on full display to the people of Lima.

'UTEC is the culmination of years of experimentation by Grafton Architects. In this building they show the mastery of their craft, gifting Lima with a bold yet considerate contribution to the city and a visionary, world-class building.'

Speaking today, RIBA President Jane Duncan said:

'UTEC is an exceptional addition to the city of Lima, and a project that will inspire other architects and universities all over the world.

'Grafton Architects have created an innovative new model for a university campus that is highly responsive to its local environment and community. The concept of a ‘vertical campus’ defies convention, as does the mix of open and enclosed spaces, but both are key to the success of this building visually and spatially.

'The RIBA International Prize was created to celebrate civil architecture that empowers people and societies to innovate and progress. UTEC stood out from all other entries from around the world, clearly demonstrating its understanding, engagement with and concern for those who are lucky enough to live near, visit, teach and learn in it. The RIBA is d elighted to award Grafton Architects the 2016 RIBA International Prize.'

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Directors of Grafton Architects said:

'When we looked at the wonderful range of projects throughout the world which were being considered for the RIBA International Prize, we were honoured to be in this group with such esteemed colleagues. For Grafton Architects, we found that the educational aspirations of the client together with the unique climatic conditions of Lima gave us the opportunity to 'invent' a new vertical campus for their new University of Engineering. We would like to acknowledge the important role played by our local architects in Lima: Shell Arquitectos. We would like to thank UTEC for their belief in architecture and in us and for giving us the wonderful opportunity to work on this special project.'

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RIBA announces six buildings in running for new global prize for architecture

The six finalists for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) International Prize 2016 have been announced. The buildings will now be visited by the Grand Jury of the prize before the winner is announced on Thursday 24 November 2016.

The selection follows a rigorous judging process which saw the RIBA awards committee travel to 30 buildings across five continents before choosing six buildings to be visited again in November. Setting a new global standard for architectural achievement, the prize will be judged by a grand jury of experts chaired by world-renowned architect, Lord Richard Rogers of Riverside.

Projects demonstrate a range of innovative responses to the role of public architecture, providing major new additions to their contexts and communities.

The Grand Jury

Richard Rogers
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Richard Rogers is the 2007 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, the recipient of the RIBA Gold Medal in 1985 and winner of the 1999 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Medal. He is also winner of the 2000 Praemium Imperiale Prize for Architecture, the 2006 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement and the 2007 Tau Sigma Delta Gold Medal. Richard Rogers was awarded the Légion d’Honneur in 1986, knighted in 1991 and made a member of the House of Lords in 1996. Most recently, in 2008 he was made a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour.


Billie Tsien
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners

Billie Tsien began working with Tod Williams in 1977 and established their joint architectural practice in 1986. Billie is the current President of the Architectural League of New York and a Director of the Public Art Fund. She and Tod are both RIBA International Fellows and have been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Academy, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Billie maintains an active academic career and lectures worldwide. As both an educator and a practitioner, she is deeply committed to making a better world through architecture.


Kunlé  Adeyemi

Kunlé Adeyemi is an architect, urbanist and designer. His recent work includes 'Makoko Floating School', an innovative, prototype, floating structure located on the lagoon heart of Nigeria's largest city, Lagos. Adeyemi was one of 5 members of the International Advisory Council for the World Design Capital 2014, a juror for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, a Fellow of the World Technology Network, an international speaker and lecturer at various institutions. He is currently the Gensler Visiting Critic at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.


Marilyn Jordan Taylor
Former Dean & Paley Professor, UPENN

Marilyn Jordan Taylor is former Dean of the School of Design and Paley Professor at the University of Pennsylvania (2008 - 2016). Taylor served for 33 years as architect, urban designer, and partner at Skidmore Owings & Merrill and was the first female Chair of the partnership. She has been elected as a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Partnership for NYC, President of the AIA (New York), Chairman of the AIA City and Regional Planning Committee, Chairman of the New York Building Congress, President of the Forum for Urban Design and is a Trustee of global ULI where she was the first woman to serve as Chairman.


Philip Gumuchdjian
Gumuchdjian Architects

Philip Gumuchdjian founded Gumuchdjian Architects in 1998. He has gained a reputation for designing innovative buildings in the public and private sectors and has won multiple RIBA Awards. Philip spent 18 years at and was Associate Director for the Richard Rogers Partnership. He has written, lectured and broadcast on the subject of architecture, sustainability and urban development and has been published and exhibited internationally. He has been a visiting critic to the Architectural Association, Royal College of Art, and taught Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture. He has chaired the RIBA Awards Group since 2014.



The RIBA International Prize is 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. Unlike any previous RIBA award for architecture, the RIBA International Prize is open to any qualified architect in the world. 

In recognition of the quality of the entries on the longlist, the committee has named 21 recipients of an RIBA Award for International Excellence (alphabetically):



Arquipelago - Contemporary Arts Center

by Menos é Mais, Arquitectos Associados with João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto


Buenos Aires Ciudad Casa de Gobierno

by Foster + Partners with Berdichevsky Cherny Arquitectos & Studio Minond


dlr Lexicon

by carr cotter naessens


Europaallee Baufeld E

by Caruso St John Architects & Bosshard Vaquer Architekten


European Hansemuseum

by Studio Andreas Heller Architects & Designers



by Francisco Mangado - Mangado y Asociados


Fulton Center

by Grimshaw, HDR and Page Ayres Cowley Architects


Heydar Aliyev Center

by Zaha Hadid Architects with DiA Holding


Invisible House

by Peter Stutchbury Architecture


Jockey Club Innovation Tower

by Zaha Hadid Architects


Museo Jumex

by David Chipperfield Architects with Taller Abierto de Arquitectura y Urbanismo


Oita Prefecture Art Museum

by Shigeru Ban Architects


Public Library of Constitucion

by Sebastian Irarrazaval Arquitectos


Saint Louis Art Museum

by David Chipperfield Architects with HOK



by SCDA Architects Pte Ltd


St Angela's College Cork

by O'Donnell + Tuomey



by DRDH Architects



by Agence d’architecture Philippe Prost


Tula House

by Patkau Architects


UTEC - Universidad de Ingenieria y Tecnologia

by Grafton Architects with Shell Arquitectos

RIBA international Emerging Architect


Angdong Hospital by Rural Urban Framework

The RIBA have also recognised the achievement of Rural Urban Framework, HKUrban Lab, The University of Hong Kong for their ambitious plan for Angdong Hospital in Baojing County, China with the RIBA International Emerging Architect prize. The award is presented to project directors John Lin and Joshua Bolchover, who set up their research and design collaborative in 2005 as a non-profit organization providing design services to charities and NGOs working in China. 
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  • Simon Allford, AHMM
    Joanna Bacon, Allies and Morrison
    Julia Barfield MBE, Marks Barfield
    Patrick Bellew, Engineer, Atelier Ten – Sustainability specialist
    Denise Bennetts, Bennetts Associates
    Tony Chapman Hon FRIBA, former RIBA Head of Awards
    Mary Duggan, Duggan Morris Architects
    Jim Eyre OBE, Wilkinson Eyre
    Philip Gumuchdjian, Gumuchdjian Architects
    Andrew Grant, Landscape – Andrew Grant Associates
    Alastair Hall, Hall McKnight
    Marcus Lee, LEEP Architects
    Stuart McKnight, MUMA
    Tracy Meller, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
    John Pardey, John Pardey Architects
    Greg Penoyre, Penoyre & Prasad
    Michael Stacey, Michael Stacey Architects
    Amin Taha, Amin Taha Architects
    Paul Velluet, Independent consultant – Conservation specialist
    Chantal Wilkinson, Wilkinson King Architects

    • The RIBA International Prize is in association with the Union Internationale des Architectes (UIA) and in collaboration with Association of European architects (ACE), the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), Province of Buenos Aires Association of Architects (CAPBA), National Association of Norwegian Architects (NAL). 

Sara Topelson de Grinberg Hon FRIBA, Grinberg + Topelson Arquitectos
Sandra Barclay, Barclay & Crousse Architecture
Anna Kwong, Anna Kwong Architects & Associates
Zhu Wenyi, Former Dean, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing
Hideki Yoshimatsu, Hideki Yoshimatsu + Archipro Architects
Ken Maher, Hassell, President of the Australian Institute of Architects
Felix Arranz, Felix Arranz Arquitecto
Dr Goh Chong Chia, ONG&ONG, Former President Singapore Institute of Architects
Khuong Van Muoi, Deputy Chairman of Vietnam Architectural Association
June Ravndal, Stavanger Arkitektforening
Grete Kvinnesland, Stavanger kommune
Sami Rintala, Rintala Eggertsson Architects
Roisin Heneghan, heneghan peng architects
Stephen Best, Architecture Critic & Senior Lecturer at DIT
Peter Cardew, Peter Cardew Architects
Carlos Marques, President - Association of Architects delegation of the Azores
Thomas Schregenberger, Thomas Schregenberger GmbH
Oscar Fuentes, Estudio Oscar Fuentes
Do Janne Vermeulen, Director - Team V Architectuur
George Nikolajevich, Design Principal - Cannon Design


Anupama KUNDOO

"Great architecture is the sublime synthesis of the material and non-material, where materiality fully expresses the underlying spirit, and the spirit transcends the matter that expresses it."

Anupama Kundoo, founding director of Anupama Kundoo Architects, India

Anapuma Kundoo


“Architecture must be considered as an intellectual field, not only as a practice to form the built environment. Architecture is a way of thinking, beyond being a profession. Nevertheless, it would also be crass to gloss over the fact that the buildings are the main instruments of architects. Architecture can only be evaluated by intelligent thinkers and theoreticians, broad-minded experiencers, skilled makers, venturesome developers… Great architecture itself intrinsically cannot exist.”

Deniz Ova, Director of Istanbul Design Biennial, Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts

Deniz Ova


“Great architecture is multidisciplinary, cultural, technical, entrepreneurial, technological, upcycled, based on natural and social scientific enquiry, prototyping, testing, drawing imaginatively and wisely on resources - creating new resources. Applying full capacities to marshal forces with exceptional language and syntax, and deploying means which mobilise to support and guide public facility and identity. Architecture is a conversation, not a rhetoric; it engages with the realities of the Anthropocene era, deregulation, deracination and the loss of socio-geographical identities with courage, vision, agility, guile and style.”

Lucy Bullivant Hon FRIBA, curator, author, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Urbanista.org, and a Built Environment Expert, Design Council Cabe.

Lucy Bullivant


“The 21st century presents us with a world made up of countless networks and relationships. In this globally interlaced era, emphasis on architecture is also shifting; design of the building as an object stands back and dissipates; the fundamental emphasis is now more on broader issues such as sustainability, atmosphere, experience and sharing. This shift in attitude and corresponding transformation in social and building values brings the question of how your own terms align with the global requirements. The RIBA Awards motivate international architecture professionals, encouraging novelty, creativity and work that is good for both the environment and the people that live and work in our buildings. Winning the RIBA Awards, first with Loft Gardens in 2011 and then in 2013 with Bodrum International Airport projects, have been milestones for our practice in terms of wider recognition as a member of global community.”

Murat Tabanlioglu


“Architecture is a cross-cultural profession, bringing people together around shared challenges. The solutions recommended by Architects go beyond borders and cultures. They are by nature of global dimension. RIBA is one of the leading associations representing these unique professional skills in the field. The RIBA annual awards seek to prize excellence in Architectural Projects, which have a significant impact on space and populations. It is with pleasure that our architectural firm Atelier187 is an ambassador for RIBA in Turkey, where we have a very particular synthesis of styles derived from multicultural populations that have lived in these lands over centuries.”

Osman Hacıoğlu, Architect and the Founder of Atelier187

Osman Hacioglu


“Great Architecture doesn’t just refer to size and permanency. Whether it is a temporary structure, a house extension or a civic centre; it engages on both a cerebral and emotional level, its impact is felt through experience, use, memory and history.” Nathalie Weadick, Director, Irish Architecture Foundation

Natahalie Weadick

About the RIBA International Prize 2016

The RIBA International Prize has been three years in the making. We used to award the RIBA Lubetkin Prize, which was open to RIBA members building outside the European Union. Winners told us it was one of those nice-to-win prizes, but felt it didn't compare to the prestigious Stirling Prize and the Pritzker, due to the relatively small field of competition. That is why we have set up a new International Prize, open to all qualified architects anywhere in the world.

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), spent a week viewing all the materials from several hundred entries.

They selected 30 schemes from around the world to be visited by an Awards Group member and an architect from the region local to the building. The Group then chose 21 RIBA Awards for International Excellence including the winner of the RIBA International Emerging Architect.


International Prize 2016