Architects around the world will be looking forward to seeing the entries for the Royal Institute of British Architects’ awards for 2016.
For the 2016 awards, RIBA has launched an international prize for the best new building in the world. Buildings can be of any type, size or budget, so it is a very open category. It is also the first time that RIBA has opened the awards for any architect in any country to enter.
RIBA also hosts the coveted Stirling Prize, which is one of the top awards in the European architectural calendar.
The RIBA awards 2016 will be celebrating the best architecture in the UK and the wider world, as it has done for the past 50 years.
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The entries will reflect innovations in architecture as well as provide stunning designs which can improve people’s lives and become tourist attractions in their own right.
For example, bespoke tensile fabric structures look striking as well as being both creative and practical. Recently, fabric architecture designers have produced some striking buildings, facades, interiors or roofs, such as the Millennium Park Pavilion, IKEA in Southampton and at Aintree racecourse.
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As well as the chance to win one of the top architectural prizes, all award-winning projects are featured on architecture.com, which is visited by more than 2.5 million people around the world every year.
It is a busy year for architects, with entries for the RIBA awards being open until 9 February 2016. The jury will then visit the buildings, with the RIBA Regional Awards being announced from 11 April to 3 May and the National Awards being announced on June 23.
The RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist is announced on 14 July, and the ceremony takes place on 6 October. The RIBA International Prize shortlist is announced on 10 November, with the ceremony and winner being revealed on 1 December.
There are regional awards as well as national awards so that innovative buildings throughout the country have a chance to shine and for architects to be rewarded for their inspirational works.
The RIBA awards are seen as a confirmation of excellent designs, and they raise the profile of architects and buildings in England’s cities and towns which otherwise might not be noticed by such a wide audience.