Building of the year award

The Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize is a British prize for excellence in architecture. It is named after the architect James Stirling, organised and awarded annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The RIBA Stirling Prize is awarded to "the architects of the building which has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year." The architects must be RIBA members, but the building can be anywhere in the European Union. Stirling Prize laureates receive a stipend of GB£20,000.

The award was founded in 1996, and is considered to be the most prestigious architecture award in the United Kingdom. It is publicised as the architectural equivalent of the Booker Prize and Turner Prize. The presentation ceremony is televised by Channel 4 and the prize is sponsored by the Architects Journal. Six short-listed buildings are chosen from a long-list of buildings that have received a RIBA Award. These awards are given to buildings showing "high architectural standards and substantial contribution to the local environment". In 2003, 70 such buildings received RIBA Awards and so made the long-list.

In addition to the RIBA Stirling Prize, seven other awards are given to buildings on the long-list. In 2003 they consisted of the Stephen Lawrence Prize, the RIBA Client of the Year, the RIBA Journal Sustainability Award, the Crown Estate Conservation Award, The Architects’ Journal First Building Award, and the ADAPT Trust Access Award.

For years prior to 1996, the award was known as the "Building of the Year Award".

Laureates and runners-up

As the "Building of the Year Award."

1987: St Oswald's Hospice, Jane Darbyshire[1]
1991: Woodlea Primary School, Nev Churcher[2]
1993: Sackler Galleries, Norman Foster[3]
1994: Waterloo International railway station
1995: McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield
Year Laureate Winning work Nominees and works Ref(s)
1996 Hodder, StephenStephen Hodder Centenary Building,
University of Salford, Salford
1997 James Stirling, Michael Wilford and Associates Music School,
1998 Foster and Partners American Air Museum,
Imperial War Museum, Duxford
1999 Future Systems Lord's Media Centre,
2000 Alsop & Störmer Peckham Library,
2001 Wilkinson Eyre Magna Centre,
2002 Wilkinson Eyre & Gifford Gateshead Millennium Bridge,
2003 Herzog & de Meuron Laban,
Deptford, London
2004 Foster and Partners 30 St Mary Axe,
2005 EMBT & RMJM Scottish Parliament building,
2006 Richard Rogers Partnership Barajas Airport Terminal 4,
2007 David Chipperfield Architects Museum of Modern Literature,
Marbach, Germany
2008 Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios &
Alison Brooks Architects &
Maccreanor Lavington
Accordia housing development,
2009 Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners[5] Maggie's Centre,
2010 Zaha Hadid[6] MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts,
2011 Zaha Hadid[7] Evelyn Grace Academy,
2012 Stanton Williams[8] Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge, England
2013 Witherford Watson Mann Architects[9] Astley Castle, Nuneaton

See also


External links

  • RIBA Stirling Prize
  • Channel 4 - Building of the year
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