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​​RIBA Annie Spink Award

The biennial Annie Spink award has been presented since 2000 to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to architectural education in a higher education institution with courses validated by the RIBA anywhere in the world.

The award is made possible by the Annie Spink Memorial Trust, bequeathed to the RIBA for the "advancement of architectural education" by the estate of architect Herbert Spink FRIBA (1877-1967) as a lasting memorial to his wife Annie (1868-1938).

Eligibility criteria

  • The nominee(s) must have made a substantial contribution to architectural education over a significant number of years in a higher education institution offering RIBA validated courses
  • The nominee(s) do(es) not need to be RIBA member(s); however, preference will be given to nominees who are RIBA members
  • The award can be made to an individual or to a group of individuals
  • The nominee(s) must have played a significant role in implementing and developing innovative and rigorous processes of teaching and learning within the context of architectural education
  • The following are not eligible to be nominated or win the award: RIBA employees involved in managing the award and their close family members; the current RIBA President; the current RIBA Vice-President for Education; and the current RIBA Annie Spink award judges


Nominations for the 2022 award are now closed. The next nominations cycle will take place in the Spring of 2024.

Nominations can be made by the nominees themselves or by third parties on their behalf.

Nominations must contain the following documents to be considered complete and to be put forward for the consideration of the judging panel:

  • Statement of eligibility demonstrating how the nominee(s) meet(s) the nomination criteria (on one side of A4 only)
  • Up to six letters of support from current and/or former employers and work colleagues who have worked closely with the nominee(s)
  • Between four and 10 letters of support from former students taught by the nominee(s)
  • As supporting information, any documents or materials deemed relevant for the nomination, such as Curriculum Vitae with full details of architecture subjects or programmes taught by the nominee, published books or articles authored by the nominee(s), photographs, films, etc.

For further information about this award, or to submit a nomination, please contact John-Paul Nunes.

Winners of the Annie Spink Award

2022: Kester Rattenbury

2020: Lesley Lokko

2018: Murray Fraser

2016: Christine Hawley

2014: Florian Beigel

2012: Nigel Coates

2010: Dean Hawkes

2008: Andrew MacMillan and Isi Metzstein (joint award)

2006: Dalibor Vesely

2004: Peter Salter and Wolf Prix (shared award)

2002: Peter Cook and David Greene (joint award)

2000: Elia Zenghelis

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