The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has just announced a selection of 30 buildings to be visited this summer in contention for RIBA’s first global architecture award, The RIBA International Prize.
The 30 selected buildings are based in 20 countries across the globe, and were selected from hundreds of entries. The buildings are diverse in size and budget, ranging from large urban infrastructure schemes to private residential projects; cultural destinations to civic spaces; academic buildings to places of worship.
According to Funda Küçükyılmaz, the Account Manager/Public Relations, who signed a release made available to The Boss, the committee in charge will soon begin a tour of the buildings to ascertain their worthiness for the award.
“Each of the 30 buildings will be visited this summer by the RIBA Awards committee. This number will be whittled down to 20, after which six finalists will be chosen and visited by the Grand Jury this autumn. The winner of the first RIBA International Prize will be announced in December 2016,” he said
He added: “The RIBA International Prize will be awarded to the most significant and inspirational building of the year. The winning building will demonstrate visionary, innovative thinking and excellence of execution, whilst making a distinct contribution to its users, and to its physical context.”
It is also worth noting that the RIBA awards coincide with the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale (28 May – 27 November 2016) meaning that architecture and the questions it raises are very much on the agenda.