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Barajas Airport Terminal 4 Interior, Richard Rogers Partnership, 2006

The Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize is a British prize for excellence in architecture. It is named after the architect James Stirling, organised and awarded annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The RIBA Stirling Prize is presented to "the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in the past year." The architects must be RIBA members. Until 2014 the building could be anywhere in the European Union, but since 2015 has had to be in the UK. In the past the award has come with a £20,000 prize, but currently it carries no prize money.

The award was founded in 1996, and is considered to be the most prestigious architecture award in the United Kingdom. It is publicised as the architectural equivalent of the Booker Prize (literature) and Turner Prize (visual arts). It is the highest profile architectural award in British culture, and the presentation ceremony has previously been televised by Channel 4. It is currently sponsored by developer Almacantar.[1] Six shortlisted buildings are chosen from a long-list of buildings that have received a RIBA National Award. These awards are given to buildings showing "high architectural standards and substantial contribution to the local environment".

In addition to the RIBA Stirling Prize, five other awards are given to buildings on the long-list. In 2015 they consist of: the RIBA National Award, the RIBA Regional Award, the Manser Medal, the Stephen Lawrence Prize and the RIBA Client of the Year Award. For years prior to 1996, the award was known as the "Building of the Year Award".


Laureates and runners-upEdit

As the "Building of the Year Award."

1987: St Oswald's Hospice, Newcastle upon Tyne[2]
1991: Woodlea Primary School, Leyland, Lancashire[3]
1993: Sackler Galleries, London[4]
1994: Waterloo International railway station, London
1995: McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield
Year Laureate Winning work Nominees and works
1996 Hodder, StephenStephen Hodder   Centenary Building,
University of Salford, Salford
1997 James Stirling, Michael Wilford and Associates   Stuttgart Music School,
Stuttgart, Germany
1998 Foster and Partners  
Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire
1999 Future Systems   Lord's Media Centre,
2000 Alsop & Störmer   Peckham Library,
2001 Wilkinson Eyre Architects   Magna Centre,
Rotherham, South Yorkshire
2002 Wilkinson Eyre Architects & Gifford   Gateshead Millennium Bridge,
2003 Herzog & de Meuron   Laban,
Deptford, London
2004 Foster and Partners   30 St Mary Axe,
2005 EMBT & RMJM   Scottish Parliament building,
2006 Richard Rogers Partnership   Barajas Airport Terminal 4,
2007 David Chipperfield Architects   Museum of Modern Literature,
Marbach, Germany
2008 Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios,
Alison Brooks Architects and
Maccreanor Lavington
  Accordia housing development,
2009 Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners[6]   Maggie's Centre,
2010 Zaha Hadid[7]   MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts,
Rome, Italy
2011 Zaha Hadid[8]   Evelyn Grace Academy,
2012 Stanton Williams[9]   Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge
2013 Witherford Watson Mann Architects[10]   Astley Castle, Nuneaton, Warwickshire
2014 Haworth Tompkins[11]   Everyman Theatre, Liverpool
2015 Allford Hall Monaghan Morris[12]   Burntwood School, Wandsworth, London
2016 Caruso St John Architects[13]   Newport Street Gallery, Vauxhall, London
2017 dRMM[14] Hastings Pier, East Sussex

See alsoEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ The Houghton Mifflin dictionary of biography, p.400
  3. ^ The Architects' journal, vol.207, p.32
  4. ^ Peter Murray and Robert Maxwell, Contemporary British architects, p.175
  5. ^ Thompson, Max (2007-07-26). "Stirling Prize Shortlist". The Architects' Journal. 226 (4): 10–13. 
  6. ^ Maggie's Centre press release 2009
  7. ^ Heathcote, Edwin (2010-10-03). "Hadid finally wins Stirling Prize". Financial Times. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  8. ^ Daily Telegraph 2 October 2011
  9. ^ Youngs, Ian. "Sainsbury Laboratory wins Stirling architecture prize". BBC. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Astley Castle wins Riba Stirling Prize for architecture". BBC News. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Riba Stirling Prize 2014: Liverpool Everyman Theatre wins". BBC News. 
  12. ^ "Riba Stirling Prize: Burntwood School wins award". BBC News. 
  13. ^ "Damien Hirst gallery wins Riba Stirling Prize". BBC News. 
  14. ^ Wainwright, Oliver. "Walking tall: Hastings pier wins the Stirling architecture prize". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 31 October 2017. 
  15. ^ Wainwright, Oliver (19 July 2017). "Stirling prize 2017 shortlist: from a cool crowdfunded pier to a giant hole in the ground". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 July 2017. 

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