‘…for the general advancement of Civil Architecture and for promoting and facilitating the acquirement of the knowledge of the various arts and sciences connected therewith…’- words from the nineteenth century Royal Charter which brought the Royal Institute of British Architects into existence.
The organization still holds to these values today and the RIBA Awards, which have been running continuously since 1966, are an attempt to recognize them in architecture all across the country.
In all, 179 projects have been shortlisted for this year’s awards across the 10 English regions. A further 44 projects are shortlisted in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. London has the largest number of shortlisted projects with 57.
RIBA Regional Awards and RIBA National Awards are for buildings in the UK by RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows. Winners of RIBA National Awards are considered for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize.
Named after James Stirling, the great British architect who died in 1992, the aim was for the Stirling Prize to be for architecture what the Booker Prize was for literature- and a £20,000 cash prize for the winning architects made the prize covetable as well as prestigious. From 2000 to 2011 the Stirling Prize ceremony was broadcast on television, attracting household broadcasting names including Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud.
RIBA also presents International Awards for outside the EU by RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows and winners go on to be considered for the RIBA Lubetkin Prize.
RIBA President, Angela Brady, commented:
“For nearly fifty years, the RIBA Awards have reflected the changing state of British architecture and revealed emerging design trends. What really stands out is that even in times of austerity, we can still deliver amazingly clever, high quality buildings that reflect the needs of today and enhance our daily lives.”