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RIBA International Fellowships 2019 revealed

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today (Thursday 1 November) announced the 2019 RIBA International Fellowships which will be awarded to 7 architects from across the globe.

01 November 2018

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today (Thursday 1 November) announced the 2019 RIBA International Fellowships which will be awarded to 7 architects from across the globe.

RIBA International Fellows are awarded annually to architects outside the United Kingdom who are not UK citizens. They are awarded to people who have made a major contribution to the world of design and in particular architecture.

The RIBA's 2019 International Fellowships will be awarded to:

Frida Escobedo – Frida Escobedo Architecture Studio, Mexico

Poul Ove Jensen – DISSING+WEITLING architecture, Denmark

Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks – MASS Design Group, USA

Neri Oxman – MIT Media Lab, USA

Emilio Tuñón – Tuñón Architects, Spain

Ignacio Vicens y Hualde – Vicens + Ramos Architects, Spain

The lifetime honour allows recipients to use the initials Int FRIBA after their name.

The 2019 RIBA International Fellowships will be presented at a special event at the RIBA in London in February 2019.


Notes to editors:

1. For further press information contact Elise Neve / 020 7307 3761

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3. RIBA International Fellowships reward the particular contributions non-UK architects have made to architecture.

4. The 2019 RIBA Honours Committee who selected the 2019 Fellows was chaired by RIBA President Ben Derbyshire (Chair); Lady Patty Hopkins (RIBA Gold Medallist 1994), Professor Bob Shiel (Bartlett School of Architecture), Wasfi Kani (Honorary Fellow 2018) and Pat Woodward (RIBA and Matthew Lloyd Architects).

5. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Follow us on Twitter for regular RIBA updates

6. Further information on each of the 2019 RIBA International Fellows:

Frida Escobedo – Frida Escobedo is principal and founder of an architecture and design studio based in Mexico City. She designed this years’ Serpentine Pavilion and is the youngest architect to do so.

Poul Ove Jensen – Danish Architect Poul Ove Jensen is one of the world's leading bridge designers of his generation. His work includes the Great Belt East Bridge in Denmark, the Stonecutters Bridge in Hong Kong, and more recently the Queensferry Crossing in Scotland.

Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks – Michael Murphy is the executive director of MASS Design Group. MASS’s work has been recognised globally, most recently at the UN Solutions Summit, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and as winners of the 2015 Design Biennial Boston.

Alan Ricks co-founded MASS Design Group and as Chief Operating Officer manages global operations and leads projects ranging from architecture to policy—a portfolio that continues to expand the role of design. Alan is a regular guest lecturer at Harvard, AIA events, and other conferences and has been appointed as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab.

Neri Oxman – Neri Oxman is an architect, designer, inventor, and MIT professor based at the Media Lab, where she is the founding director of The Mediated Matter Group, an experimental design practice combining commissioned works with the creation of enabling technologies and scientific knowledge.

Emilio Tuñón – Emilio is an architect and professor at the Architecture School of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and has taught in many architecture schools around the world. He is the recipient of the Gold Medal of Merit in Fina Arts from the Spanish Ministry of Culture.

Ignacio Vicens y Hualde – Ignacio is an architect, a professor of design at ETSAM and a visiting professor and lecturer at many architecture schools in Europe and America. His works include the School of Communications at the University of Navarra and the Churches of Rivas-Vaciamadrid. Notably, in 1982, Vicens orchestrated the architectural scene for the visit of Pope John Paul II to Madrid and repeated the feat for Benedict XVI’s visit more than thirty years later.

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