Friday18 August 2017

RIBA announces second international prize

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Architect under 40 to be honoured

The RIBA is to create an international honour for young architects which will be judged in tandem with its replacement for the Lubetkin Prize.

The RIBA International Emerging Architect Prize will be awarded to the best building designed by a practice whose oldest founding director is under the age of 40 at the time of its completion.

The winner will be chosen from eligible entries to its RIBA International Prize, the deadline for which is February 9.

The announcement comes two years after the Lubetkin Prize was scrapped. Its replacement, the RIBA International Prize for a building that “stretches the boundaries of architecture”, is launched this year. To reflect the gap, buildings completed in the last three years are eligible.

The RIBA also announced an additional member of the panel which will be judging both awards. Marilyn Jordan Taylor, dean of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and former managing partner of SOM, joins Richard Rogers, Kunlé Adeyemi, of NLÉ Projects and Philip Gumuchdjian, of Gumuchdjian Architects.

The full jury has yet to be announced but the winning buildings will have been visited twice by the time they are selected.

Jordan Taylor said: “Design awards lift the aspiration of architects and broadcast examples of architecture’s influence and contributions to society. That makes the RIBA’s new global prize especially intriguing to me.

“Exploring criteria that can encompass a diversity of projects across culture, scale, location, and impact – as well as reveal their contributions to the public good – will be an important task as this award is launched for the first time.”

RIBA president Jane Duncan said: “It is our intention that the RIBA International Prize will uncover the world’s most innovative and visionary architecture and spark local and global debates about the positive impact that well-designed buildings and places can have on their communities and environment.

“We are delighted to announce this new award to recognise the contribution of young practitioners to new architecture across the world. This is a perfect complement to the RIBA International Prize and part of RIBA’s ongoing commitment to support and encourage talent in the architectural profession.”



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