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Stirling Prize

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 awarded to "the architects of the building which has made the greatest contribution to British 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 and Turner Prize. 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 2003, 70 such buildings received RIBA Awards and so made the long-list.

In addition to the RIBA Stirling Prize, seven other awards are given to buildings on the long-list. In 2003 they consisted of the Stephen Lawrence Prize, the RIBA Client of the Year, the RIBA Journal Sustainability Award, the Crown Estate Conservation Award, The Architects’ Journal First Building Award, and the ADAPT Trust Access Award.

For years prior to 1996, the award was known as the "Building of the Year Award".

Laureates and runners-up

As the "Building of the Year Award."

1987: St Oswald's Hospice, Jane Darbyshire[1]
1991: Woodlea Primary School, Nev Churcher[2]
1993: Sackler Galleries, Norman Foster[3]
1994: Waterloo International railway station
1995: McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield
Year Laureate Winning work Nominees and works Ref(s)
1996 Hodder, StephenStephen Hodder 130px Centenary Building,
University of Salford, Salford
1997 James Stirling, Michael Wilford and Associates 130px Music School,
1998 Foster and Partners 130px American Air Museum,
Imperial War Museum, Duxford
1999 Future Systems 130px Lord's Media Centre,
2000 Alsop & Störmer 130px Peckham Library,
2001 Wilkinson Eyre 130px Magna Centre,
2002 Wilkinson Eyre & Gifford 130px Gateshead Millennium Bridge,
2003 Herzog & de Meuron 130px Laban,
Deptford, London
2004 Foster and Partners 130px 30 St Mary Axe,
2005 EMBT & RMJM 130px Scottish Parliament building,
2006 Richard Rogers Partnership 130px Barajas Airport Terminal 4,
2007 David Chipperfield Architects 130px Museum of Modern Literature,
Marbach, Germany
2008 Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios &
Alison Brooks Architects &
Maccreanor Lavington
130px Accordia housing development,
2009 Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners[5] 130px Maggie's Centre,
2010 Zaha Hadid[6] MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts,
2011 Zaha Hadid[7] 130px Evelyn Grace Academy,
2012 Stanton Williams[8] 130px Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge, England
2013 Witherford Watson Mann Architects[9] Astley Castle, Nuneaton
2014 Haworth Tompkins[10] 130px Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

See also


  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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