Stirling Prize

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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, but the building can be anywhere in the European Union. Stirling Prize laureates receive a stipend of GB£20,000.

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). The presentation ceremony is televised by Channel 4 and the prize is sponsored by the Architects' Journal. Six short-listed buildings are chosen from a long-list of buildings that have received a RIBA 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-up[edit]

As the "Building of the Year Award."

1987: St Oswald's Hospice, Newcastle upon Tyne[1]
1991: Woodlea Primary School, Leyland, Lancashire[2]
1993: Sackler Galleries, London[3]
1994: Waterloo International railway station, London
1995: McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield
Year Laureate Winning work Nominees and works
1996 Hodder, StephenStephen Hodder Centenary Building.jpg Centenary Building,
University of Salford, Salford
1997 James Stirling, Michael Wilford and Associates Stuttgart HochschuleFuerMusikUndDarstellendeKunst.jpg Stuttgart Music School,
Stuttgart, Germany
1998 Foster and Partners Duxford UK Feb2005 American.JPG American Air Museum,
Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire
1999 Future Systems Nat West media centre cropped.jpg Lord's Media Centre,
2000 Alsop & Störmer DSCN4087.JPG Peckham Library,
2001 Wilkinson Eyre Magna Science Adventure Centre.jpg Magna Centre,
Rotherham, South Yorkshire
2002 Wilkinson Eyre & Gifford Gateshead millennium bridge open.jpg Gateshead Millennium Bridge,
2003 Herzog & de Meuron Laban Dance Centre RJL.JPG Laban,
Deptford, London
2004 Foster and Partners 30-St-Mary-Axe.jpg 30 St Mary Axe,
2005 EMBT & RMJM Edinburgh Scottish Parliament01 2006-04-29.jpg Scottish Parliament building,
2006 Richard Rogers Partnership Barajas interior1.jpg Barajas Airport Terminal 4,
2007 David Chipperfield Architects MarbachLiteraturmuseumModerne.jpg Museum of Modern Literature,
Marbach, Germany
2008 Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios &
Alison Brooks Architects &
Maccreanor Lavington
Steel Building - western facade.jpg Accordia housing development,
2009 Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners[5] Maggie's Centre, Charing Cross, London.jpg Maggie's Centre,
2010 Zaha Hadid[6] MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts,
2011 Zaha Hadid[7] Evelyn Grace Academy, Shakespeare Road.jpg Evelyn Grace Academy,
2012 Stanton Williams[8] Cmglee Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University night.jpg Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge
2013 Witherford Watson Mann Architects[9] Astley Castle Across the Moat.JPG Astley Castle, Nuneaton, Warwickshire
2014 Haworth Tompkins[10] Everyman Theatre 2014-08.jpg Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Houghton Mifflin dictionary of biography, p.400
  2. ^ The Architects' journal, vol.207, p.32
  3. ^ Peter Murray and Robert Maxwell, Contemporary British architects, p.175
  4. ^ Thompson, Max (2007-07-26). "Stirling Prize Shortlist". The Architects' Journal 226 (4): 10–13. 
  5. ^ Maggie's Centre press release 2009
  6. ^ Heathcote, Edwin (2010-10-03). "Hadid finally wins Stirling Prize". Financial Times. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  7. ^ Daily Telegraph 2 October 2011
  8. ^ Youngs, Ian. "Sainsbury Laboratory wins Stirling architecture prize". BBC. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Astley Castle wins Riba Stirling Prize for architecture". BBC News. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Riba Stirling Prize 2014: Liverpool Everyman Theatre wins". BBC News. 

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