RIBA Awards 2023: Jury application

The RIBA is calling for volunteers to help judge the RIBA Awards in 2023. Every judge plays a crucial part in a rigorous and thorough process that leads ultimately to the RIBA Stirling Prize, RIBA International Awards, the Royal Gold Medal, and House of the Year Award.

The task of judging buildings is a fascinating one. It carries the responsibility of upholding and celebrating the highest standards of architectural design.

Apply online now for a position on the 2023 RIBA Awards jury. The closing date to be considered to judge the RIBA Regional Awards is 9 December 2022. The application form will remain open for those who wish to be considered for further judging opportunities in 2024.

Kingston University London - Town House by Grafton Architects © Ed Reeve

Judging involves balancing the complexities that any building project will have faced, with aesthetic, sustainability, and sometimes conservation considerations, as well as the local context. It requires an examination of the client's brief and how intelligently and creatively that has been fulfilled while taking into account the constraints of budget and planning. It means taking a collective view and having a clear vision of what constitutes architectural excellence. It is not necessarily an easy task, but it is an immensely rewarding one. It offers the chance to influence the most high profile activity of the year in architecture while presenting excellent opportunities for personal and professional development.

Judges will be asked to participate in an online briefing session in January 2023.

Please note: in order to ensure a rotation of RIBA Awards judges, those who participated on RIBA Regional Awards judging panels in 2022 must wait until the 2024 process to re-apply. 

Cambridge Central Mosque © Morley von Sternberg

What does a Regional Jury do?

The Regional Juries, consisting of a Regional Jury Chair, Regional Representative, Regional Lay Person, Sustainability Expert, and Conservation Expert will meet in 2023 in the relevant region. Using the entry materials provided, they will discuss and decide which projects will be shortlisted and visited.

The RIBA organise all Regional Awards jury visits and will liaise with the architect directly, inviting both the architect and client to attend the visit. Regional Jury visits will take place in February/March 2023 and may involve several days on the road and possible overnight stays. Once visits have been completed the jury will recommend their Regional Award and Regional Special Award winners. The Regional Jury Chair will then be invited to make their recommendations for a RIBA National Award with the Awards Group in March 2023.

Cork House by Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton © Ricky Jones

What does the National Jury do?

The National Jury is made up of current RIBA members and newly co-opted members of the RIBA Awards Group, and will meet in March 2023. Using the entry materials provided and recommendations from the Regional Jury Chair, they will discuss and decide which projects will be shortlisted and visited in consideration for RIBA National Awards.

The RIBA Awards team organise all RIBA National Awards jury visits and will liaise with the architect directly, inviting both architect and client to the visit. National jury visits take place in May/June, and once completed the National Jury Chairs will meet to decide all National Award winners.

Hastings Pier by dRMM Architects © Alex de Rijke

Jury roles

For both the Jury Chair and Regional Representative roles, the following requirements apply:

  • they are leading architects in a RIBA Chartered Practice/organisation, with a body of work that must include having received one or more peer-reviewed national or international architecture awards
  • must be based in the UK
  • won or placed highly in high profile design competitions
  • and/or has received other equivalent recognition or proven equivalent achievements in the last 10 years
  • the Regional Representative will be local to the area that they will be judging
  • the Jury Chair must be able to lead the Jury Panel for up to seven days during the RIBA Regional Awards process. This includes: leading during the shortlisting meeting, judging visits, reporting back to the Awards Group, and making recommendations for RIBA National Awards
  • the Jury Chair must also submit citations for all winning projects in their region

Lay Person: The Lay person is someone who has not trained or qualified as an architect. However, they must have made a significant contribution to architecture in its broadest sense in their own creative or technical field by either:

  • promotion, administration, and outreach
  • helping to build a more sustainable community
  • education of future generations

Conservation Expert: The Conservation Expert is an architect who specialises in conservation with extensive experience in working with historic buildings. Their expertise should be demonstrated by:

  • accredited by the RIBA Conservation Register and/or
  • Architects Accredited in Building Conservation leading a specialist conservation team or a practice that specialises in conservation and/or
  • having received one or more peer-reviewed national or international architecture or construction awards for conservation

Sustainability Expert: The Sustainability Expert is an architect, engineer, or designer who specialises in sustainability in the built environment. Their expertise should be demonstrated by:

  • working in a practice committed to sustainability (an architectural, engineering, or design practice)
  • having received one or more peer-reviewed national or international architecture or construction awards for sustainability

If you have any questions, contact the RIBA Awards team at awards@riba.org.

The closing date to be considered to judge the RIBA Regional Awards is 9 December 2022. The application form will remain open for those who wish to be considered for further judging opportunities in 2024.

15 Clerkenwell Close © Tim Soar
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