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RIBA launches International Awards 2020

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announces the launch of RIBA International Awards that celebrate the best architecture in the UK and around the world.

by STIRworld Jul 11, 2019

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on Thursday (July 11, 2019) opened entries for the third edition of the RIBA International Awards, the prestigious awards for architecture outside of the UK.

The RIBA International Awards celebrate buildings that exemplify design innovation, embrace sustainable technologies and deliver meaningful social impact. The Grand Jury for the 2020 RIBA International Awards is led by world-renowned multidisciplinary French architect and urban planner, Odile Decq.

RIBA INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

RIBA International Awards for Excellence are given to 20 buildings worldwide that stretch the boundaries of architecture and standards of excellence.

–The RIBA International Prize is awarded to the building considered the most outstanding.

–The RIBA International Emerging Architect Prize recognises the talent of individuals who have been practicing for up to 10 years and are making a significant contribution to the field of architecture. The prize is awarded to the future pioneers and luminaries of the profession.

The inaugural RIBA International Prize in 2016 was awarded to Grafton Architects for their university building, UTEC (Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología) in Lima, Peru.

  • UTEC - Universidad de Ingenieria y Tecnologia by Grafton Architects. Winner of the RIBA International Prize 2016| Royal Institute of British Architects| STIR
    UTEC - Universidad de Ingenieria y Tecnologia by Grafton Architects. Winner of the RIBA International Prize 2016 Image Credit: Iwan Baan
  • UTEC by Grafton Architects is an inspirational building in the Barranco district of Lima and a bold addition to the city skyline | Royal Institute of British Architects| STIR
    UTEC by Grafton Architects is an inspirational building in the Barranco district of Lima and a bold addition to the city skyline Image Credit: Iwan Baan
  • Yvonne Farrell & Shelley McNamara, Grafton| Royal Institute of British Architects| STIR
    Yvonne Farrell & Shelley McNamara, Grafton Architects Image Credit: Courtesy of RIBA Awards

In 2018, the prize was awarded to Aleph Zero and Rosenbaum, for their inspiring new school complex on the edge of the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil, Children Village.

  • Winner of the RIBA International Prize 2018 - Children Village by Aleph Zero| Royal Institute of British Architects| STIR
    Winner of the RIBA International Prize 2018 - Children Village by Aleph Zero Image Credit: Cristobal Palma, Estudio Palma
  • Children Village by Aleph Zero is located on the edge of the rain forest in northern Brazil. The complex provides accommodation for 540 children attending the Canuanã School| Royal Institute of British Architects| STIR
    Children Village by Aleph Zero is located on the edge of the rain forest in northern Brazil. The complex provides accommodation for 540 children attending the Canuanã School Image Credit: Cristobal Palma, Estudio Palma
  • Gustavo Utrabo and Pedro Duschenes, Aleph Zero| Royal Institute of British Architects| STIR
    Gustavo Utrabo and Pedro Duschenes, Aleph Zero Image Credit: Vinicius Postiglione

The RIBA International Awards are subject to a rigorous judging process by a diverse panel of international and regional experts. The four shortlisted projects for the RIBA International Prize are visited by two expert panels, with the Grand Jury visiting in person before selecting a winner. The winner of the RIBA International Prize will be announced in November 2020.

Odile Decq, Chair of the Grand Jury, said, “The RIBA International Prize has an incredibly important focus - to discover the best architecture for a better life - and I look forward to travelling the world to find a worthy winner.”

Odile Decq, Chair of the Grand Jury| Royal Institute of British Architects| STIR
Odile Decq, Chair of the Grand Jury Image Credit: Franck Juery

Ben Derbyshire, RIBA President, said: “The RIBA International Awards highlight the best new buildings from around the world and the widespread contribution that architecture makes to our daily lives. We’re honoured to have such a distinguished expert panel judging this year’s awards and we encourage those eligible to apply for this opportunity for global recognition.”

Gustavo Utrabo, Co-Founder of Aleph Zero, and winner of the 2018 RIBA International Prize, said: “We were delighted to be awarded the RIBA International Prize and Emerging Architect Prize last year, particularly as the prize’s ethos is in keeping with Aleph Zero’s. It gives us hope to know that awards such as these consider ethics alongside aesthetics; a hope that really is important for all generations.”

The biennial awards are open to any qualified architect in the world for a building outside of the UK, of any size and type of budget.

Entries close on October 31, 2019.

To find out more, visit the listing here: RIBA International Awards 2020

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