Six projects have been shortlisted for this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize - including a renovation project for a twelfth century castle in North Warwickshire and Heneghan Peng's Giant's Causeway Visitors Center. More than half of the shortlisted firms are young practices that are on the RIBA list for the very first time. The winners of the UK’s most important architecture award will be announced at a ceremony in London on October 13.
This year’s RIBA Stirling Prize is focused on young talent and diverse projects. RIBA President Angela Brady emphasized the importance of having quality housing projects on the shortlist, as “the UK is blighted with unimaginative, poor quality houses that people don’t want to live in but have little other choice.”
Ground-breaking in their categories, all projects are brave in proposing and executing a new vision, stated Brady. Not only does the list include young practices, paving a way for a discipline infused with fresh ideas, but the fact that half of the firms are run or co-founded by women (Alison Brooks Architects, Grafton Architects and Heneghan Peng).
The full shortlist includes:
Giant’s Causeway Visitor Center by Heneghan Peng,
Park Hill housing estate in Sheffield by Hawkins/Brown and Studio Egret West,
Newhall Be apartment blocks by Alison Brooks Architects,
Astley Castle renovation project by Witherford Watson Mann,
Bishop Edward King Chapel at Cuddesdon by Niall Maclaughlin,
University of Limerick Medical School and Pergola Bus Shelter in Ireland by Grafton Architects.