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.