RSHP, Fosters, Zaha, Amanda Levete and Thomas Heatherwick among 2018 runners and riders

British practices have played a role in the design of around one quarter of the 62 buildings in the running for RIBA’s 2018 Building of the Year, the longlist for the biennial award has revealed.

RSHP gets two bites at the cherry – with 8 Chifly Square scheme in Sydney and BBVA Bancomer Tower in Mexico City, as does John McAslan & Partners – with its Kericho Cathedral in Kenya and Msheireb Museums in Qatar.

Elsewhere, Foster & Partners’ Xiao Jing Wan University Shenzhen, China; Zaha Hadid Architects’ Salerno Maritime Terminal; AL_A’s MAAT museum in Lisbon; and Heatherwick Studio’s Zeitz Muesum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town also figure on the list.

RIBA said the 2018 longlist entries spanned 28 countries and were exemplars of “design excellence, architectural ambition and delivering meaningful social impact”.

President Ben Derbyshire said the longlist shone a light on the world’s best new buildings and most impressive architectural talent.

“Most importantly, this significant selection of 62 projects illustrates the meaningful impact and transformative quality that well-designed buildings can have on communities, wherever they are in the world,” he said.

The International Prize is run in conjunction with Union Internationale des Architectes. The winner will be picked by a grand jury chaired by Elizabeth Diller, of Diller Scofidio & Renfro, and announced in December next year.

RIBA International Prize 2018 longlist 

8 Chifley Square Sydney, Australia Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners with Lippmann Partnership, Arup (Australia)

AP House Urbino Pieve di Cagna, Italy GGA gardini gibertini architects.

Audain Art Museum Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Patkau Architects

Baan Huay Sarn Yaw - Post Disaster School Chiang Rai, Thailand Vin Varavarn Architects

Baitasi House of the Future Beijing, China dot Architects

BBVA Bancomer Tower Mexico City, Mexico Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners with Legorreta + Legorreta


Bremer Landesbank Headquarters, Bremen Bremen, Germany Caruso St John Architects

Buendner Kunstmuseum Chur Chur, Switzerland Barozzi Veiga

Cabbage Tree House Bayview, Australia Peter Stutchbury Architecture

Captain Kelly’s Cottage Tasmania, Australia John Wardle Architects

Central European University - Phase 1 Budapest, Hungary O’Donnell + Tuomey with M-Teampannon Kft

Children Village Formoso do Araguaia, Brazil Alephzero with Rosenbaum

City Hall Deventer Deventer, Netherlands Neutelings Riedijk Architecten

Cluny Park Residences Singapore SCDA

Cuernavaca House Mexico City, Mexico Tapia McMahon

Empower Khayelitsha, South Africa Urban-Think Tank, ETHZ

EY Centre Sydney, Australia Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

Factory In The Forest Penang, Malaysia Design Unit Sdn Bhd with Chin Kuen Cheng Architect

Garden Tower Wabern, Switzerland Buchner Bründler Architekten

GS1 Portugal Lisbon, Portugal PROMONTORIO

Joolz Amsterdam, Netherlands Space Encounters Office for Architecture

Kannikegaarden Ribe, Denmark Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter A/S

Kericho Cathedral Kericho, Kenya John McAslan + Partners, with Triad Architects

King Fahad National Library Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Gerber Architekten

Kunstmuseum Basel Basel, Switzerland Christ & Gantenbein

Lanka Learning Center Eastern Province, Sri Lanka feat.collective

M4 Metro Line Budapest Budapest, Hungary Palatium Studio Ltd, with Budapesti Építőművészeti Műhely Ltd., Gelesz és Lenzsér Építészeti Ltd., Puhl és Dajka Építész Iroda Ltd., sporaarchitects Ltd., VPI Építész Studio Ltd., Palatium M4 Projekt Ltd.

MAAT Lisbon, Portugal AL_A

Maersk Tower, extension of the Panum complex at the University of Copenhagen Copenhagen, Denmark C.F. Møller Architects

Mount Herzl Memorial Hall Jerusalem, Israel Kimmel Eshkolot Architects In collaboration with Kalush Chechick architects

Msheireb Museums Doha, Qatar John McAslan + Partners

Mulan Weichang Visitor Centre Weichang, China HDD

Musee d’arts de Nantes Nantes, France Stanton Williams

Museum Voorlinden Wassenaar, The Netherlands Kraaijvanger Architects

National Design Centre Singapore SCDA

Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore WOHA Architects Pte. Ltd.

Post-earthquake reconstruction demonstration project of Guangming Village Zhaotong City, China One University One Village Programme, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Queen Elisabeth Hall Antwerp, Belgium SimpsonHaugh, with Bureau Bouwtechniek

ROGIC-ROKI Global Innovation Centre Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan Tetsuo Kobori Architects

Salerno Maritime Terminal Salerno, Italy Zaha Hadid Architects with Local Executive Architect: Interplan Seconda

Sancaklar Mosque Istanbul, Turkey EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture

Sayama Forest Chapel Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP

Social Housing in Bairro Padre Cruz, Lisbon Lisbon, Portugal Orange - Arquitectura e Gestão de Projecto, Lda with bruno silvestre Architecture, D Sul

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center Athens, Greece Renzo Piano Building Worskhop with BETAPLAN

Structures of Landscape Fishtail, Montana, United States of America ENSAMBLE STUDIO

Studio Dwelling at Rajagiriya Colombo, Sri Lanka Palinda Kannangara Architects

Suzhou Chapel Suzhou, China Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

Tatsumi Apartment House Tokyo, Japan Hiroyuki Ito Architects

The Ancient Church of Vilanova de la Barca Vilanova de la Barca, Spain AleaOlea architecture&landscape

The Palestinian Museum Birzeit, Palestine heneghan peng architects with Arabtech Jardaneh


Tirpitz Blåvand, Denmark BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group



University of Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Vertical forest Milan, Italy Boeri Studio (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca, Giovanni La Varra) with Studio Emanuela Borio and Laura Gatti

Wadden Sea Centre Ribe, Denmark Dorte Mandrup A/S

Welcome Centre and office building, Shanghai Shanghai, China Sergison Bates architects

Xiao Jing Wan University Shenzhen, China Foster + Partners with GDI

YKK80 Building Tokyo, Japan Nikken Sekkei Ltd.

Zeitz MOCAA Cape Town, South Africa Heatherwick Studio, with Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects (VDMAA), Rick Brown Associates, Jacobs Parker