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Wednesday23 July 2014

RIBA scraps Lubetkin Prize

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No international awards next year

The RIBA has bowed to pressure and scrapped the Lubetkin Prize.

It will be replaced by a new International Prize with a wider remit, but this won’t be launched for a year meaning there will be no international awards in 2014.

The Lubetkin Prize, which has been won for the past two years by Wilkinson Eyre, most recently for its Gardens by the Bay project in Singapore, was awarded to the best new international building outside the European Union.

Gardens by the Bay, Wilkinson Eyre

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, Wilkinson Eyre

It was only open to RIBA members and international fellows.

The details of the new prize have yet to be thrashed out but it is likely to be open to any architect. This could mean the prize becomes an award for the “best building in the world” each year.

An RIBA spokesperson said: “The Lubetkin Prize has been a useful platform to highlight the work of RIBA members around the world. We are currently working on creating a prize that has even greater international impact and look forward to announcing more details in the future.”

There will be an award for best building in the EU next year.

Nominations opened today for RIBA chartered architects and RIBA international fellows to enter UK and EU projects for RIBA regional, national and EU awards. The closing date is February 7.

  • The RIBA has found a sponsor for the Manser Medal in 2014 and 2015: insurance company Hiscox whose honorary president will join the judging panel.

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  • Arnie Jacobskracher

    It could be called the Wilkinson Eyre Prize!

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  • Aww. Would most probably have been my year and all.

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  • The last thing the RIBA need to be doing is concerning themselves with what the 'best building in the world' is...and if you need commercial partners to sponser an award seems, to me, that the award itself is beyond the profession to bestow.

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  • Sebastian Cuff

    Poor old Lubetkin, what?

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  • With almost every article I read in BD, the better I understand why he abandoned architecture and took up pig farming instead. It's easier, and much cleaner.

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