RIBA International Prize

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 2018 RIBA International Prize will be awarded to a building which exemplifies design excellence, architectural ambition and delivers meaningful social impact. The RIBA International Prize winner and RIBA Awards for International Excellence winners will be selected from the RIBA International List 2018 – a selection of the world’s best new buildings compiled from the entries to the awards.

The prize is open to any qualified architect in the world, for a building of any size, type or budget and 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.

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 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.

RIBA International List 2018

A new biennial selection of the world’s best new 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

RIBA International Prize media partners

CNN Style | International News Partner
We are delighted to be partnering again with CNN Style for the International Prize. Their truly international reach and broad public audience elevates the promotion of this Prize, the projects chosen and the architects behind them, to audiences all round the world.

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.


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

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.

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