Awards & Competitions - International

2018 RIBA International Prize – Call for entries

2018 RIBA International Prize - Call for entries

Entries opened on 4 July 2017 and close on 17 October 2017.


The Royal Institute of British Architects have recently announced the second edition of the RIBA International Prize to discover the world’s best new building and to celebrate the value of architecture for communities worldwide.

Awarded to buildings worldwide that stretch the boundaries of architecture, the RIBA International Prize is the first truly global award open to any qualified practice in the world. Irrespective of style, complexity and size of both scheme and budget, successful projects should demonstrate visionary or innovative thinking and excellence of execution, whilst making a significant contribution to its local area and the community who use and interact with it.

The winner will be chosen by a Grand Jury led by acclaimed architect Elizabeth Diller (partner of US firm, Diller Scofido + Renfro), Joshua Bolchover (Co-Founder of Hong Kong based research and design collaborative, Rural Urban Framework) and celebrated British choreographer Wayne McGregor CBE.

Entering the awards is easy and having your building judged as among the best in the world can have an enormous impact on your business. RIBA awards and prizes are the most rigorously judged awards for architectural excellence and are based on the judgement of peers as a result of building visits.

Unlike any other international architecture prize, we commit to visiting the winning buildings at least twice; first to select the final six building and second to select a winner. In total we will visit over 30 building across the world, getting to know the practices involved and their unique responses to design challenges and opportunities around the world.

Award winners will have PR support from RIBA and the chance to be featured online and in print, and have filmed content created by our prestigious media partners.

RIBA International Prize Criteria – To enter a building outside the UK the project director must:

  • Be a qualified architect.
  • Have completed the building, which must have been occupied (partially-occupied commercial and housing projects subject to RIBA approval) between 1 January 2014 and 1 October 2017.
  • Have the client’s permission to submit the building.

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.

For further information

For further information, visit the official website.

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