RIBA Awards timetable and definitions
Entries for the 2023 RIBA UK Awards have now closed. The 2024 RIBA UK Awards will open for entries this Autumn.
2022 to 2023 key dates
RIBA Awards 2023 (UK) entries open
17 November 2022 to 12 January 2023
RIBA Regional Awards shortlist announcement
RIBA Regional Awards visits
February to March 2023
RIBA Regional Awards announced
RIBA National Awards announced
Stephen Lawrence Prize, Neave Brown Award for Housing, RIBA Client of the Year and RIBA Reinvention Award shortlists announced
RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist announced
RIBA Stirling Prize ceremony
Royal Gold Medal and RIBA Fellowships announced
We offer a range of awards for architects, buildings and clients in the UK and internationally.
UK – Regional
RIBA Regional Awards
A RIBA Regional Award is given to a UK project for its regional importance as a piece of architecture. Winners of regional awards are also eligible for the special awards below.
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 RIBA Chartered Member who led the award-winning project and made key and demonstrable contributions to its success.
Regional 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 Sustainability Award
Rewards projects that go beyond statutory requirements and demonstrate elegantly and durably the principles of sustainable architecture.
Regional 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 has made a significant contribution to the practice of architecture.
UK – National
RIBA National Awards
A RIBA National Award is given to a building for its national significance and its contribution to architecture in the UK. 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 projects that have already won an RIBA Regional Award will be eligible for an RIBA National Award. RIBA National Award winners will be considered for the RIBA Stirling Prize.
RIBA House of the Year
Awarded to the best example of a one-off house designed by an architect in the UK, the award celebrates excellence and innovation in home design.
RIBA Reinvention Award
This award is given for the creative transformation, adaptation and re-use of an existing building or structure. The winning project will be an exemplar of architectural quality, as well as demonstrating environmental, social or economic sustainability in line with the criteria in the RIBA Sustainable outcomes guide.
Stephen Lawrence Prize, supported by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation
The Stephen Lawrence Prize awards the best project led by an early career Project Architect, celebrating new architectural talent. Further to this, a student, selected by the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation, forms part of the jury and will go on to be mentored by the winning Project Architect, forming part of our combined commitment to support the next generation of architects.
For this award, we define an early career architect as someone who has qualified as an architect typically within 5 years prior to the project completion date, although we will consider mitigations that may impact this timeframe. We recognise that some entrants may not have been working full time for a range of reasons. To be inclusive we actively encourage applications from people who may have been working for longer than five years but have spent time outside of their professional career.
Neave Brown Award for Housing
The Neave Brown Award for Housing recognises the best new example of affordable housing in the UK. For this award, affordable housing includes: social rented housing, affordable rented housing and intermediate housing (both to rent and buy). To be eligible, projects must have 10+ homes with at least a third being affordable.
RIBA Client of the Year
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.
RIBA Stirling Prize
Considered the most prestigious award for architecture in the UK, the RIBA Stirling Prize is awarded annually to a building considered to have made the most significant contribution to the evolution of UK architecture.
Our global architecture awards champion buildings that change the world. Awarded to any building worldwide (outside the UK) these awards set a new global standard for architecture and are open to any qualified architect.
RIBA International Awards for Excellence
The pre-eminent awards for architecture outside the UK, recognising and promoting design innovation, sustainable technologies and meaningful social impact. Given to buildings worldwide that stretch the boundaries of architecture and standards of excellence, as judged by a range of high-profile international juries. Winners of these awards are considered for the RIBA International Prize.
RIBA International Emerging Architect Prize
This prize recognises international emerging talent of those who have been practising for ten years or less and are making a significant contribution to the field of architecture. Our Emerging Architect Jury, all innovators themselves in the fields of architecture and design are looking for the future pioneers and luminaries of the profession.
RIBA International Prize
The pinnacle of the RIBA International Awards, the prize is awarded to the project which demonstrates visionary, innovative thinking, and design excellence whilst making a distinct contribution for its users and within its physical context: be it the public realm, the natural environment or both. Awarded by the Grand Jury to the building considered to be the most significant and inspirational globally of the year.
The prize reaffirms 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.