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RIBA reveals the 20 best new buildings in the world and announces the RIBA International Emerging Architect

09 May 2018

● The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announces the winners of the RIBA Awards for International Excellence and the 2018 RIBA International Emerging Architect

● The 20 new buildings have been selected from entries to the world’s most prestigious award for architecture, the RIBA International Prize 2018

● The winner of the second RIBA International Prize will be announced in November 2018

● For more details please contact riba@flint-pr.com

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed the winners of the RIBA Awards for International Excellence 2018 and announced the RIBA International Emerging Architect 2018.

The RIBA Awards for International Excellence 2018 have been awarded to 20 exceptional new buildings in 16 countries, ranging from large urban infrastructure schemes to private homes; cultural destinations to civic spaces; educational buildings to places of worship.

Gustavo Utrabo and Pedro Duschenes, founders of Brazilian architecture firm Aleph Zero, are the recipients of the RIBA International Emerging Architect 2018. Their project, the Children Village in Formoso do Araguaia, Brazil, designed with Rosenbaum, is one of the 20 winners announced today. The Children Village provides boarding accommodation for 540 senior school children at the Canuanã School. Run and funded by the Bradesco Foundation, it is one of forty schools providing education for disadvantaged local children and is the first of their projects to use design to improve the quality of education.

Aleph Zero operates in a range of areas, from the design of furniture, exhibitions, residential and commercial architecture, to urban-scale projects for both public and private sector clients. Constructed in prefabricated and reforested wood, Children Village is a powerful demonstration to the community of the importance of using of natural resources in a rational and sustainable way.

Speaking about the RIBA Awards for International Excellence 2018, RIBA President Ben Derbyshire said: “The RIBA Awards for International Excellence 2018 are a testament to the breadth and quality of architecture being created around the world. These 20 outstanding projects were selected for their architectural ambition, design ingenuity and excellence of execution. Importantly, they demonstrate the significant and far-reaching contribution that architecture makes to our daily lives. These qualities are exemplified in the inspiring project Children Village by Aleph Zero, who we are delighted to announce as RIBA International Emerging Architect 2018.”

Speaking about the RIBA International Emerging Architect 2018, Julia Barfield, Chair of the RIBA Awards Group, said: “It's always a pleasure to be able to recognise and reward emerging talent. We were impressed by the way the architects embraced the question of how architecture can stimulate its users, as well as the surrounding community, in a region rich in natural resources but poor in opportunities, education and economic resources. Aleph Zero are philosophical, reflectful and thoughtful architects who are reinterpreting the Brazilian vernacular using the abundant natural resources that surround the site in an innovative way which inherently promotes both economic and environmental sustainability.”

The 20 winning projects announced today form the longlist for the RIBA International Prize 2018; the shortlist of four buildings will be announced in September 2018 and the winner will be revealed in November 2018.

The RIBA International Prize 2018 will be awarded to the most significant and inspirational building of the year. The winning project will exemplify design excellence, architectural ambition and deliver meaningful social impact. The RIBA International Prize is open to any qualified architect in the world.

The inaugural RIBA International Prize was awarded in 2016 to Grafton Architects, curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale, for their outstanding university building, UTEC (Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología) in Lima, Peru.

PARTNERS

The RIBA International Prize is in association with the UIA (Union Internationale des Architectes).

BA High Life is the exclusive travel media partner for the RIBA International Prize.

Wallpaper* Magazine is the exclusive lifestyle media partner for the RIBA International Prize.

Dezeen is the exclusive professional media partner for the RIBA International Prize.

CNN Style is the exclusive international news partner for the RIBA International Prize.

NOTES TO EDITORS

1. For further press information please contact - Emily Saunders or Zara Doshi on riba@flint-pr.com

2. To download high resolution press images visit: www.riba.app.box.com

3. The RIBA International Prize is in association with the Union Internationale des Architectes (UIA) and in collaboration with Architects' Council of Europe (ACE), and the RIBA’s counterpart organisations around the globe.

4. Wallpaper* Magazine is the exclusive lifestyle media partner for the RIBA International Prize.

5. Dezeen is the exclusive Professional media partner for the RIBA International Prize.

6. BA High Life is the exclusive travel media partner for the RIBA International Prize.

7. CNN Style is the exclusive international news partner for the prize.

8. The RIBA International Prize Grand Jury is chaired by Elizabeth Diller, founding partner of Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, with jurors Joshua Bolchover, co-founder of Rural Urban Frameworks and winner of the RIBA International Emerging Architect 2016; and non-architect juror Wayne McGregor CBE.

9. 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.

10. 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. architecture.com

11. RIBA Awards have been running since 1966. RIBA inspires and rewards excellence through a programme of regional, national and international Awards including the Royal Gold Medal, RIBA Stirling Prize and RIBA House of the Year. The RIBA International Prize is the first global award for buildings open to all architects in the organisation’s history.

12. The 20 RIBA Awards for International Excellence were selected following a rigorous judging process which involved visits by members of the RIBA Awards Group and an architect local to the region.

13. RIBA International Emerging Architect: Whilst continuing to recognise the overriding importance of design, the jury also wishes to encourage and promote the work of emerging architecture studios and give recognition to new talent. To be eligible for this prize the architecture studio will have been in operation for 10 years or less.

14. RIBA Awards Group: Julia Barfield, Marks Barfield (Chair); Simon Allford, AHMM; Joanna Bacon, Allies & Morrison; Denise Bennetts, Bennetts Associates; Tony Chapman, Architecture Critic; Neil Daffin, Ritchie + Daffin; Mary Duggan, Mary Duggan Architects; Andrew Grant, Andrew Grant Associates; Alastair Hall, Hall McKnight; Abigail Hopkins, Sanei Hopkins; Marcus Lee, LEEP Architects; Alex Lifschutz, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands; Stephanie Macdonald, 6a architect; Jo McCafferty, Levitt Bernstein; Stuart McKnight, MUMA; Tracy Meller, RSH+P; Kate Murphy, Foster + Partners; John Pardey, John Pardey Architects; Greg Penoyre, Penoyre & Prasad; Annalie Riches, Mikhail Riches; Maria Smith, Interrobang; Amin Taha, Amin Taha Architects; Joanna van Heyningen, Founder of van Heyningen and Haward Architects; Paul Velluet, Independent consultant - Conservation architect; Jane Wernick, engineersHRW incorporating Jane Wernick Associates; Chantal Wilkinson, Wilkinson King Architects.

15. RIBA Local jurors - Manuel Hertz, Manuel Herz Architects (Switzerland); Louise Cox, Secretary/Treasurer Docomomo Australia and UIA Past President (Australia); Ryan Bragg, Perkins+Will (Canada); Francine Houben, Mecanoo (Netherlands); Arda İnceoğlu, Professor of Architecture, MEF University (Turkey); Itsuko Hasegawa, Itsuko Hasegawa Atelier (Japan); Matthew Priestman, Priestman Architects (China); Qianqian Zhang, David Chipperfield Architects (China); Tomeu Ramis, flexoarquitectura (Spain); Christina Guedes, menos e mais (Portugal); Marc Di Domenico, Director of the Florence Institute (Italy); Oscar Rodríguez, Taller Abierto de Arquitectura y Urbanismo (Mexico); José Paulo Gouvêa, JPG.ARQ (Brazil); Tonia Katerini, President of SADAS – PEA (Greece); Vassilis Sgoutas, Sgoutas Architects (Greece); Nóra Demeter Nóra, President of AIACE (Hungary); Shimon Piltzer, Price Piltzer Yawitz Architects (Israel); Dr Yara Saifi, Chair, Department of Architecture, Al Quds University- Jerusalem (Palestine); Nela de Zoysa, Nela De Zoysa Design Corporation (Sri Lanka).

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The full list of winning projects can be viewed here.

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