Time flies – and yes, it is the time of the year again to begin the exciting, annual RIBA Awards cycle. The first shortlists are now coming through, with the London Regional Awards nominees announced today.

2016 RIBA London Regional Awards for architecture promise an inspiring line-up. There is a rich total of 68 projects for the juries – which traditionally divide up the capital in four territories: north, south, east and west.

Beautiful family houses sit side by side to smaller and larger housing developments for all budgets – including projects such as the Y-Cube by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners and the Tailored House by Liddicoat & Goldhill. 

Commercial building and cultural work are also in abundance; 8 St James's Square by Eric Parry, the Wilton's Music Hall by Tim Ronalds Architects, the Newport Street Gallery by Caruso St John and the Gagosian Gallery Mayfair by TateHindle (with interiors by Caruso St John), are within the nominated projects. 

And this is just the beginning for the RIBA Awards. The regional shortlists kick-start the process that will result, later in the year, to a selection of winners, which can in turn be considered for the highly coveted RIBA National Awards. The winners of the latter offer the shortlist for the big winner of the year – the RIBA Stirling Prize, announced in the autumn of 2016. 

The winners of this first phase will be announced during a special awards ceremony on May 3, at the Stirling Prize-nominated University of Greenwich, Stockwell Street Building.