The RIBA has been awarding the President’s Medals annually since 1836, making them the Institute’s oldest prizes and probably the oldest awards worldwide in the field of architecture. The Institute runs several other awards, including the Stirling Prize for the best new building of the year; the Royal Gold Medal (first awarded in 1848), which honours a distinguished body of work; the Stephen Lawrence Prize, funded by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation, for projects with a construction budget of less than £1,000,000, and the President’s Awards for Science.
The RIBA European Award was inaugurated in 2005 for work in the European Union outside the UK. The RIBA National Award and the RIBA International Award were created in 2007.
Since 1966, the RIBA also judges regional awards given locally in the UK regions (East, East Midlands, London, North East, North West, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South/South East, South West/Wessex, Wales, West Midlands and Yorkshire). Inaugurated in 2001, the Manser Medal was renamed the RIBA House of the Year prize in 2014.
RIBA confirms 2021 and 2022 UK Awards plans
The next call for UK awards entries will be this year, for the 2022 RIBA Awards. Read RIBA President Alan Jones’ article on the new requirements for these entries.
The 2021 RIBA UK Awards (including Regional, National and the RIBA Stirling Prize) will be selected from the shortlist for the 2020 RIBA Regional, RIAS, and RSAW Awards.
The RIBA has been celebrating outstanding work for over 180 years. Our awards and prizes are regarded internationally as a mark of excellence, recognising the best architecture, architects, research and students.
“Winning the RIBA Yorkshire Building of the Year was a great honour and gave us excellent exposure to new and existing clients.” – Fergus Feilden, Director at Feilden Fowles, winner of RIBA Yorkshire Building of the Year Award 2019.
To enter a UK project, you must have a current individual RIBA Chartered Membership number or RIBA International Fellowship. The lead architect of the scheme must be a current RIBA Chartered Member.
Entries to the RIBA International Awards will re-open in 2021. Eligibility criteria may vary.
The RIBA has been celebrating outstanding work for over 180 years. Our awards and prizes are regarded internationally as a mark of excellence, recognising the best architecture, architects, research and students. “Winning the RIBA Yorkshire Building of the Year was a great honour and gave us excellent exposure to new and existing clients.”
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