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 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). The Stirling Prize replaced the RIBA Building of the Year Award.[1]

The Stirling Prize 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.[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 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".

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 also described the list as "London-centric". The chairman representing the judges in the contest dismissed the claims, noting that the first Stirling Prize was awarded to a building in Salford.[3]

Laureates and runners-up

As the "RIBA Building of the Year Award"

1987: St Oswald's Hospice, Newcastle upon Tyne[4]
1988: Truro Crown Courts, Truro, Cornwall by Evans and Shalev[5]
1989: Nelson Mandela Primary School, Birmingham, West Midlands by William Howland[6]
1991: Woodlea Primary School, Leyland, Lancashire[7]
1993: Sackler Galleries, London[8]
1994: Waterloo International railway station, London
1995: McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield
Year Laureate Winning work Nominees and works
1996 Stephen 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[10] Maggie's Centre,
2010 Zaha Hadid[11] MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts,
Rome, Italy
2011 Zaha Hadid[12] Evelyn Grace Academy,
2012 Stanton Williams[13] Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge
2013 Witherford Watson Mann Architects[14] Astley Castle, Nuneaton, Warwickshire
2014 Haworth Tompkins[15] Everyman Theatre, Liverpool
2015 Allford Hall Monaghan Morris[16] Burntwood School, Wandsworth, London
2016 Caruso St John Architects[17] Newport Street Gallery, Vauxhall, London
2017 dRMM[18] Hastings Pier, East Sussex
2018 Foster + Partners Bloomberg Building, London
2019 Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley[22] Goldsmith Street, Norwich

See also


  1. Elain Harwood (7 March 2018). "David Shalev obituary".
  2. "Almacantar signs three-year deal to sponsor RIBA Stirling Prize".
  3. Alberge, Dalya (4 Nov 2000). "Prize case of London bias, say architects". The Times. London, England. p. 9 via Academic OneFile.
  4. The Houghton Mifflin dictionary of biography, p.400
  5. Elain Harwood (7 March 2018). "David Shalev obituary".
  6. Tom Jestico (6 January 2014). "William Howland obituary".
  7. The Architects' journal, vol.207, p.32
  8. Peter Murray and Robert Maxwell, Contemporary British architects, p.175
  9. Thompson, Max (2007-07-26). "Stirling Prize Shortlist". The Architects' Journal. 226 (4): 10–13.
  10. "Latest news". Maggie's Centres.
  11. Heathcote, Edwin (2010-10-03). "Hadid finally wins Stirling Prize". Financial Times. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
  12. Woodman, Ellis (2 October 2011). "Stirling Prize: Zaha Hadid is a worthy winner" via
  13. Youngs, Ian. "Sainsbury Laboratory wins Stirling architecture prize". BBC. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  14. "Astley Castle wins Riba Stirling Prize for architecture". BBC News. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  15. "Riba Stirling Prize 2014: Liverpool Everyman Theatre wins". BBC News.
  16. "Riba Stirling Prize: Burntwood School wins award". BBC News.
  17. "Damien Hirst gallery wins Riba Stirling Prize". BBC News.
  18. Wainwright, Oliver. "Walking tall: Hastings pier wins the Stirling architecture prize". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  19. 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.
  20. "Six of the best: Amazing buildings on RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist". BBC. 19 July 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  21. "RIBA Stirling Prize 2018". RIBA. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  22. "Norwich council estate named UK's best new building". RIBA. 2019-10-08. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  23. "London Bridge station makes 2019 Riba Stirling Prize shortlist". BBC. 18 July 2019. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
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