Meet the RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021 winners

Meet the RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021 winners

We reveal winners from across the globe that scooped a gong at the RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021 

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has just announced its winners for the 2021 RIBA International Awards for Excellence, and it is a rich and diverse list. From cultural destinations to infrastructure, healthcare designs and private homes, the winning list celebrates great building design in all its forms. 

The awards are of the world’s key architectural recognitions, and the 16 winners were rigorously judged by a panel who visited every single building. This year, the winning designs are spread across 11 countries. 

Winners of the RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021 include: 

  • Expansion of the University Hospital of the Santa Fe de Bogotá Foundation, Colombia, by El Equipo Mazzanti/Giancarlo Mazzanti
  • Artist’s Retreat at Pittugala, Sri Lanka, by Palinda Kannangara Architects
  • Lianzhou Museum of Photography, China, by O-office Architects/Jianxiang He & Ying Jiang
  • Alila Yangshuo hotel, China, by Vector Architects
  • Amorepacific Headquarters, South Korea, by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  • Friendship Hospital Satkhira, Bangladesh, by Kashef Chowdhury/Urbana
  • James Simon Galerie, Germany, by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
  • Kohan Ceram Central Office Building, Iran, by Hooba Design Group
  • Renovation of The Captain’s House, China, by Vector Architects
  • The National Memorial For Peace And Justice, USA, by Mass Design Group
  • The Polygon Gallery, Canada, by Patkau Architects
The Polygon Gallery, Canada
The Polygon Gallery, Canada, by Patkau Architects. Photography: James Dow

‘The 2021 RIBA International Awards for Excellence are presented to an ambitious and diverse range of projects from a wide range of established and upcoming architects’ practices. It is particularly important to be considering excellence in architecture at this time – in this fast-changing world, where governments, clients and society need the skills and insight of architects,’ says RIBA president Alan Jones.

‘Our global awards show how well-considered, well-delivered and well-performing architecture has the immense potential to improve lives and communities. We are very pleased to be able to celebrate some of the most innovative, ingenious and impactful architecture in the world – designed by some of the most talented architects of our time.’

‘The RIBA International Awards for Excellence take place every two years and aim to ‘recognise the most significant and inspirational projects around the world’. The awards are judged by a panel of eminent personalities in the field, this year including Lu Wenyu of Amateur Architecture Studio, and Dorte Mandrup of Dorte Mandrup. The culmination of each cycle is the announcement of the coveted RIBA International Prize 2021, which will take place in November 2021. §

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