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RIBA International Prize

RIBA International Prize

UTEC - photograph by Iwan Baan

RIBA International Prize

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.

The second edition of the RIBA International Prize is now closed for entries. The prestigious award will be adjudicated by a stellar Grand Jury led by Elizabeth Diller, partner of acclaimed US firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and includes Joshua Bolchover, co-founder of Rural Urban Framework, and acclaimed choreographer Wayne McGregor CBE who will bring his passion and unique perspective on architecture to the Prize.

The 2018 RIBA International Prize will be awarded to a building which exemplifies design excellence, architectural ambition and delivers meaningful social impact. The prize is open to any qualified architect in the world, for a building of any size, type or budget.

In 2016, the inaugural RIBA International Prize was awarded to Grafton Architects for their outstanding university building, UTEC (Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología) in Lima, Peru. The innovative ‘vertical campus’ structure was dubbed ‘a modern-day Machu Pichu’ by the RIBA Jury. The prize brings international attention to the most inspirational and significant new buildings created across the globe but also to a range of the industry's leading talents, and the visionary clients that have commissioned these buildings.

The Grand Jury

Judges of the RIBA International Prize 2018 

  • Elizabeth Diller, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Chair of the Grand Jury
  • Joshua Bolchover, Co-Founding Director of Rural Urban Framework 
  • Wayne McGregor CBE, Choreographer and Lay Juror 

Two more jury members will be announced soon.

Media partners

Dezeen | Professional Partner
This year we are working with Dezeen, as our professional partner, bringing their critical eye and pioneering editorial voice in the architecture and design community to bear on this prestigious award.

Wallpaper* | Lifestyle Partner
We are pleased to be working again with Wallpaper* as our lifestyle partner, having worked with Wallpaper* in 2016* to host a panel discussion at the Venice Biennale and to explore the intersection between architecture and design - Wallpaper* offer a creative take and personal insight on the human face of the industry and help us to convey the role buildings have to play in everyday life.

BA High Life | Travel Media Partner
We’re excited to welcome BA High Life as our travel media partner; as a truly global award we look forward to working with this prestigious title to explore the concerns and exciting opportunities which international travel affords the architecture industry - bringing global expertise to address local challenges and enabling architects worldwide to share ideas and make real change to the face of the built environment.

RIBA Awards for International Excellence 2016

The six finalists for the RIBA International Prize 2016 were The Heydar Aliyev Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects, Universidad de Ingeniera y Tecnologia by Grafton Architects, Stormen Concert Hall by DRDH Architects, Arcquipelago Contemporary Arts Centre by Menos é Mais Aquitectos Associados, Museo Jumex by David Chipperfield Architects and the Ring of Remembrance, International WWI Memorial of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette by Agence d’Architecture Philippe Prost. Setting a new global standard for architectural achievement, the 2016 prize was judged by a grand jury of experts chaired by world-renowned architect, Lord Richard Rogers of Riverside. In recognition of the quality of the entries on the longlist, the 2016 committee named 21 recipients of RIBA Awards for International Excellence including the winner of the first RIBA International Emerging Architect; Rural Urban Framework for Angdong Hospital, Baojing County, China.

angdong hospital rural urban framework

Angdong Hospital

by Rural Urban Framework for Harvest Institute for Integrated Rural Development, Baojing County, China


Arquipelago - Contemporary Arts Center

​by Menos É Mais, Arquitectos Associados with João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto for Direcção Regional de Cultura dos Açores (Drac), winning RIBA Award for International Excellence

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Buenos Aires Ciudad Casa de Gobierno

by Foster + Partners with Berdichevsky Cherny Arquitectos & StudioMinond for CRIBA S.A., Buenos Aires, Argentina

dlr Lexicon by Ros Kavanagh

DLR Lexicon

by carr cotter naessens for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Dublin, Ireland

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Europaallee Baufeld e

by Caruso St John Architects with Bosshard Vaquer Architekten for Schweizerische Bundesbahnen SBB, Zurich, Switzerland

European hansemuseum werner huthmacher

European Hansemuseum

by Studio Andreas Heller Architects & Designers for Europäisches Hansemuseum Lübeck Ggmbh, Germany

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Fine Arts Museum of Astrurias

by Francisco Mangado - Mangado y Asociados for Principado de Asturias, Oviedo, Spain

fulton centre james ewing

Fulton Center

by Grimshaw, HDR and Page Ayres Cowley Architects for Metropolitan Transportation Authority – New York City Transit, USA

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Heydar Aliyev Center

​​by Zaha Hadid Architects with Dia Holding for the Republic of Azerbaijan, winning RIBA Award for International Excellence

invisible house michael nicholson

Invisible House

Peter Stutchbury Architecture for Private Client, Hampton, Australia

jockey club innovation tower iwan baan

Jockey Club Innovation Tower

by Zaha Hadid Architects for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong

museuo jumex - simon menges

Museo Jumex

by David Chipperfield Architects with Taller Abierto de Arquitectura y Urbanismo for Colección Júmex, winning RIBA Award for International Excellence

oita prefecture art museum hiroyuki hirai

Oita Prefecture Art Museum

by Shigeru Ban Architects for Oita Prefecture Art Museum, Oita, Japan

public library of constitution felipe diaz

Public Library of Constitucion

by Sebastian Irarrazaval Arquitectos for Fundacion La Fuente, Constitucion, Chile

saint louise art museum aaron dougherty

Saint Louise Art Museum

David Chipperfield Architects with HOK for Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, USA

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Sky Terrace

by SCDA Architects Pte Ltd for Housing & Development Board (Hdb), Singapore

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St Angela's College Cork

by O'Donnell + Tuomey for St. Angela's College, Cork, Ireland

stormen - david grandorge


by DRDH Architects for Bodø Kommune, winning RIBA Award for International Excellence

the ring of remembrance international wwi memorial - aitor ortiz

The Ring of Remembrance

by Agence D’architecture Philippe Prost (AAAPP) for Conseil Regional Nord-Pas-De-Calais, winning RIBA Award for International Excellence

tula house james dow

Tula House

by Patkau Architects for Private Client, Heriot Bay, Quadra Island, Canada

UTEC - Iwan Baan


​by Grafton Architects with Shell Arquitectos for Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología, winning RIBA International Prize and RIBA Award for International Excellence

About the RIBA International Prize

The RIBA International Prize was 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 set up the RIBA 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), spend a week viewing all the materials from several hundred entries. 

In 2016 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.

Entries now open for 2018

Entries for the 2018 RIBA International Prize are now open and will close on 24 October 2017

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