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 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 have been anywhere in the European Union, but since 2015 entries have had to be in the United Kingdom. In the past, the award included a £20,000 prize, but it currently carries no prize money.

The award was founded in 1996, and is considered to be the most prestigious architecture award in the United Kingdom. The Stirling Prize replaced the RIBA Building of the Year Award.[1]

The Stirling Prize is the highest profile British architectural award, and the presentation ceremony has been televised by Channel 4.[2] 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 consisted 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".

In 2000, several architects from Scotland and Wales made claims of metropolitan bias after five out of seven designs shortlisted by judges were located within London. Critics described the list as "London-centric". The chairman of the judges in the contest rejected the claims, saying that the first Stirling Prize was awarded to a building in Salford, Greater Manchester.[3]

On 30 September 2020, RIBA announced that the awards had been postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[4][5] Judges selected the 2021 prize winner from the 2020 shortlist.[6][7]

Laureates and runners-up[edit]

As the "RIBA Building of the Year Award"

Year Winning work
1987 St Oswald's Hospice, Newcastle upon Tyne[8]
1988 Truro Crown Courts, Truro, Cornwall by Evans and Shalev[9]
1989 Nelson Mandela Primary School, Birmingham, West Midlands by William Howland[10]
1991 Woodlea Primary School, Leyland, Lancashire[11]
1993 Sackler Galleries, London[12]
1994 Waterloo International railway station, London by Nicholas Grimshaw
1995 McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield by Populous
Year Laureate Winning work Nominees and works
1996 Stephen 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
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 Architects Magna Science Adventure Centre.jpg Magna Centre,
Rotherham, South Yorkshire
2002 Wilkinson Eyre Architects & 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 from Leadenhall Street.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 and
Maccreanor Lavington
Steel Building - western facade.jpg Accordia housing development,
2009 Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners[14] Maggie's Centre, Charing Cross, London.jpg Maggie's Centre,
2010 Zaha Hadid[15] MAXXI ingresso 04.jpg MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts,
Rome, Italy
2011 Zaha Hadid[16] Evelyn Grace Academy, Shakespeare Road.jpg Evelyn Grace Academy,
2012 Stanton Williams[17] Sainsbury Laboratory- Botanic Garden Cambridge (9120932218).jpg Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge
2013 Witherford Watson Mann Architects[18] Astley Castle Across the Moat.JPG Astley Castle, Nuneaton, Warwickshire
2014 Haworth Tompkins[19] Everyman Theatre, Liverpool 2018.jpg Everyman Theatre, Liverpool
2015 Allford Hall Monaghan Morris[20] Burntwood School.jpg Burntwood School, Wandsworth, London
2016 Caruso St John Architects[21] Newport Street Gallery, London.jpg Newport Street Gallery, Vauxhall, London
2017 dRMM[22] Hastings Pier geograph-5972693-by-N-Chadwick.jpg Hastings Pier, East Sussex
2018 Foster + Partners Bloomberg European Headquarters, London.jpg Bloomberg London
2019 Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley[26] Goldsmith Street, Norwich geograph-6293210-by-Evelyn-Simak.jpg Goldsmith Street council housing, Norwich
2020 Award postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic[28]
2021 Grafton Architects[29][30] Kingston University Town House, London
2022 Niall McLaughlin Architects[32] The New Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge
  • Hopkins Architects for 100 Liverpool Street, London
  • Reiach and Hall Architects for Forth Valley College - Falkirk Campus, Scotland
  • Henley Halebrown for Hackney New Primary School and 333 Kingsland Road, London
  • Panter Hudspith Architects for Orchard Gardens, Elephant Park, Elephant and Castle, London
  • Mæ for Sands End Arts and Community Centre, Fulham, London[33]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Elain Harwood (7 March 2018). "David Shalev obituary".
  2. ^ "Almacantar signs three-year deal to sponsor RIBA Stirling Prize". 7 August 2015.
  3. ^ Alberge, Dalya (4 Nov 2000). "Prize case of London bias, say architects". The Times. London, England. p. 9 – via Academic OneFile.
  4. ^ "RIBA guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak".
  5. ^ Richard Waite (30 September 2020). "RIBA cancels 2020 Stirling Prize".
  6. ^ Marshall, Jordan (2020-11-30). "Judges will pick 2021 Stirling Prize winner from this year's contenders". Building Design. Retrieved 2021-04-12.
  7. ^ "RIBA Stirling Prize". Retrieved 2021-04-12.
  8. ^ The Houghton Mifflin dictionary of biography, p.400
  9. ^ Elain Harwood (7 March 2018). "David Shalev obituary".
  10. ^ Tom Jestico (6 January 2014). "William Howland obituary".
  11. ^ The Architects' journal, vol.207, p.32
  12. ^ Peter Murray and Robert Maxwell, Contemporary British architects, p.175
  13. ^ Thompson, Max (2007-07-26). "Stirling Prize Shortlist". The Architects' Journal. 226 (4): 10–13.
  14. ^ "Latest news". Maggie's Centres.
  15. ^ Heathcote, Edwin (2010-10-03). "Hadid finally wins Stirling Prize". Financial Times. Archived from the original on 2022-12-10. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
  16. ^ Woodman, Ellis (2 October 2011). "Stirling Prize: Zaha Hadid is a worthy winner" – via
  17. ^ Youngs, Ian (13 October 2012). "Sainsbury Laboratory wins Stirling architecture prize". BBC News. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  18. ^ "Astley Castle wins Riba Stirling Prize for architecture". BBC News. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  19. ^ "Riba Stirling Prize 2014: Liverpool Everyman Theatre wins". BBC News. 16 October 2014.
  20. ^ "Riba Stirling Prize: Burntwood School wins award". BBC News. 15 October 2015.
  21. ^ "Damien Hirst gallery wins Riba Stirling Prize". BBC News. 6 October 2016.
  22. ^ Wainwright, Oliver. "Walking tall: Hastings pier wins the Stirling architecture prize". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  23. ^ 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.
  24. ^ "Six of the best: Amazing buildings on RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist". BBC. 19 July 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  25. ^ "RIBA Stirling Prize 2018". RIBA. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  26. ^ "Norwich council estate named UK's best new building". RIBA. 2019-10-08. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  27. ^ "London Bridge station makes 2019 Riba Stirling Prize shortlist". BBC. 18 July 2019. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  28. ^ "RIBA Stirling Prize cancelled due to coronavirus". Dezeen. 2020-09-30. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  29. ^ "RIBA Stirling Prize 2021". Retrieved 2021-10-18.
  30. ^ "Student 'Town House' wins Stirling Prize to be named UK's best new building". The Independent. 2021-10-15. Archived from the original on 2022-05-25. Retrieved 2021-10-18.
  31. ^ "Stirling prize shortlist: from mosque stunner to neo-neolithic flats". Guardian. 16 September 2021. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  32. ^ "Riba Stirling Prize: Cambridge University library wins top architecture award". BBC News. 13 October 2022. Retrieved 13 October 2022.
  33. ^ "RIBA unveils shortlist for 2022 Stirling Prize". Building Design. 21 July 2022. Retrieved 22 July 2022.

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