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RIBA Awards 2020: Jury Application

The RIBA is calling for volunteers to help judge the RIBA Awards in 2020. Every judge plays a crucial part in a rigorous and thorough process that leads ultimately to the RIBA Stirling Prize. Apply now to be part of the panels for 2020.

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

Goldsmith Street by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley © Tim Crocker

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 on 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 invited to participate in one of two judges' training days taking place in London and Birmingham in February 2020.

Please note: in order to ensure a rotation of RIBA Awards judges, those who participated on RIBA Regional Awards judging panels in 2019 must wait until the 2021 process to re-apply. 

Walk the Plank by Architectural Emporium © Simon Buckley

What does a regional jury do?

The Regional Juries, consisting of a Regional Jury Chair, Regional Representative, Regional Lay Assessor, Sustainability Specialist and Conservation Specialist will meet in Spring 2020 in the relevant region. Using the entry materials provided, they will discuss and decide which projects will be shortlisted and visited.

The RIBA regional offices 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 March/April 2020 and may involve several days on the road and possible overnight stays. Once visits have been completed the Jury will decide 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 London in May 2020.

Gasholders London by WilkinsonEyre with Jonathan Tuckey Design © Peter Landers

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 May 2020. 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, and once completed the National Jury Chairs will meet to decide all National Award winners.

Hastings Pier by dRMM Architects © Alex de Rijke

The regional juries

Jury Chair: A UK-based architect who leads the three-person Jury Panel, which visits the projects, judges the RIBA Regional Awards and makes recommendations for RIBA National Awards.

Requirements:

  • RIBA Chartered Member, who is a previous winner of an RIBA Regional or National Award; or a qualified architect with significant experience of teaching at a RIBA-validated School of Architecture
  • Able to chair the Jury Panel for up to seven days, including a visit to London in May 2020 to report back to the Awards Group

Regional Representative: A UK-based architect who can explain and articulate the context and complexity of the region they live and/or work in.

Requirements:

  • RIBA Chartered Member
  • Significant experience and track record in practice and/or teaching at a RIBA-validated School of Architecture
  • Able to volunteer for up to five days between February and April 2020

Lay Assessor: A UK-based professional person with a background, knowledge and experience in a discipline related to architecture and the built environment, e.g. as client, writer, photographer, engineer, artist, etc.

Requirements:

  • Demonstrable interest in architecture
  • Able to volunteer for up to five days between February and April 2020

Conservation and Sustainability Specialists: A UK-based architect who will be co-opted on to the Regional Jury Panel for the shortlisting meeting and visits, where necessary.

Requirements:

  • Able to volunteer for up to five days between February and April 2020
  • Conservation specialist must registered on the RIBA Conservation Register at SCA (Specialist) level, and/or registered with the AABC
  • Sustainability specialist must have experience in low carbon design

Apply online now for a position on the 2020 RIBA Awards jury.

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

The closing date to be considered to judge the RIBA Regional Awards is 10 December 2019. The application form will remain open for those who wish to be considered for further judging opportunities in 2020.

Apply to be a 2020 RIBA Awards juror

Apply online now for a position on the 2020 RIBA Awards jury, or contact the RIBA Awards team with any questions.

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