David Chipperfield: “Brexit will isolate the UK”

British architect David Chipperfield describes the UK’s departure from the European Union as a “shocking loss” in our final video interview filmed at the RIBA International Conference in London. “One of the many reasons I am against Brexit is that it will isolate us,” Chipperfield says in the movie, which Dezeen filmed for the Royal

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Ma Yansong: “Architects need to talk about what the future is”

In this video interview filmed at the RIBA International Conference, Chinese architect Ma Yansong of MAD spells out why he believes architects should be proposing visionary ideas for the future, rather than cozying up to developers. Ma previously spoke to Dezeen about why he thinks architects have a role to play in solving the big problems facing the world. In this movie, the MAD founder goes into

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Architects can help to manage gentrification caused by projects like the High Line, says Liz Diller

The impact that the High Line had on New York real estate can teach architects “a really good lesson” on the need to manage gentrification, says Elizabeth Diller in the second part of our exclusive video interview at the RIBA International Conference. Liz Diller’s architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro was one of the driving forces behind the popular elevated park, along with

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Architects must work harder “to put new ideas on the table” says Liz Diller

Architects should be more proactive in driving forward development proposals, says architect Elizabeth Diller in this exclusive video interview Dezeen filmed at the RIBA International Conference in London. Liz Diller, a co-founder of New York architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, said that architects shouldn’t wait around for clients to bring them projects – and should instead be pushing forward ideas

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RIBA Stirling Prize 2017 shortlist announced

A studio for photographer Juergen Teller, a new wing at the British Museum and a revived seaside pier are among the projects shortlisted for this year’s Stirling Prize. The Royal Institute of British Architects has revealed six projects vying for the 2017 edition of the RIBA Stirling Prize, which is awarded annually to the building that

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Call for entries to RIBA International Prize 2018

Dezeen promotion: architects from all around the world are invited to enter their projects for the second edition of the RIBA International Prize, to be judged by a panel led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro co-founder Liz Diller. Dezeen is media partner for the RIBA International Prize 2018, a biennial architecture award that aims to recognise the best new buildings

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Now streaming the RIBA International Conference!

Architects including David Chipperfield, Diébédo Francis Kéré, Ma Yansong and Elizabeth Diller are speaking at the Royal Institute of British Architects’ International Conference in London today. Tune in from 9.30am to watch the talks live. The RIBA International Conference is the centrepiece of RIBA International Week, a programme of events and keynote speeches exploring the New Urban Agenda – the United Nations’

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RIBA North architecture centre opens on Liverpool’s Mann Island

The new Broadway Malyan-designed RIBA North has opened its doors on the Liverpool Waterfront in northern England, with an exhibition of architectural drawings of unbuilt proposals for the city.  The London-based studio created the Mann Island centre as a space for the public to discover more about architecture through an exhibitions, talks and tours programme, and it also hosts a café and

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RIBA names top 20 homes for 2017 in House of the Year Award long list

Richard Meier’s first UK building and a cork-covered holiday in Essex marshland are among the 20 contenders for this year’s RIBA House of the Year Award. The Royal Institute of British Architects’ annual award is given to the best house or extension completed by an architect in the UK in the last year. Included in this year’s long

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RIBA reveals the best of British architecture for 2017

The Royal Institute of British Architects has named 49 winners of its national awards, ranging from a cluster of luxury townhouses, to a new wing for the Tate Modern museum and workshops for the National Arboretum. The 2017 RIBA National Awards for architecture recognises the best buildings created in the last 12 months. A shortlist

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David Chipperfield, Diébédo Francis Kéré and Ma Yansong to speak at RIBA International Week

Dezeen promotion: architects David Chipperfield, Diébédo Francis Kéré and Ma Yansong will join Dr Joan Clos of UN-Habitat for the centrepiece conference of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ International Week in July. RIBA International Week, which takes place from 3 to 7 July 2017, is a programme of events and keynote speeches exploring the

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RIBA set to open dockside architecture centre in Liverpool this June

RIBA has revealed its new Broadway Malyan-designed architecture centre for northern England, which opens on Liverpool’s waterfront this summer. RIBA North will be the Royal Institute of British Architects’ first centre for architecture outside of London, where it is based at 66 Portland Place. “At RIBA North, we have a building with museum conditions which will offer a magnificent opportunity to

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“We can’t shut our doors to talent and expect the world to open its markets to us” says RIBA president

The success of British architecture is built on access to overseas talent, so the government must ensure the UK remains an attractive place to work post Brexit, according to RIBA president Jane Duncan. Duncan called for the UK government to “address the structural challenges that threaten the UK’s attractiveness as a place to live, work and invest”

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Brazil’s dictatorship caused lasting damage to architecture education, says Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Destroying architecture education was the “greatest evil” performed by Brazil’s military dictatorship, according to Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, who has just been awarded the Royal Gold Medal. Mendes da Rocha, 88, told Dezeen that Brazil’s military coup in 1964 and the resulting 20-year dictatorship not only had a significant impact on his early career, it caused lasting damage on the

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Mies van der Rohe’s London tower design revealed in detail for first time

Mies van der Rohe’s unrealised design for an amber-glass office tower in the City of London has been revealed in detail for the first time, ahead of an exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects next month. The Mansion House Square project was under development for over 20 years but never built,  following a long campaign

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UK architects will still be able to pitch for public work in Europe after Brexit, RIBA says

Brexit will have “no impact” on the ability of UK architects and designers to pitch for public-sector commissions in Europe, according to the Royal Institute of British Architects. UK firms had expressed concern that the UK’s vote to leave the European Union would prevent them from tendering for work advertised in the Official Journal of the

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Richard Murphy’s “box of tricks” home named UK house of the year 2016

Secret hatches, moving walls and a sliding ladder all feature inside the Edinburgh home of architect Richard Murphy, which has been named RIBA House of the Year 2016. Called Murphy House, the five-storey “box of tricks” house in Edinburgh saw off competition from 19 other projects to win the RIBA prize, which recognises the best new

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RIBA names student winners of President’s Medals 2016

A proposal for craft workshops at London’s V&A museum, an extension to Sir John Soane’s Museum and a dystopian graphic novel are among the winning projects in this year’s RIBA President’s Medals and Research Awards. The seven student winners were announced at a ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London this evening. The Part-I

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Grafton Architects wins inaugural RIBA International Prize for university campus in Peru

RIBA International Prize: a vertical, concrete university campus in Peru by Grafton Architects has been named world’s best new building by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Dezeen is media partner for the RIBA International Prize, which aims to celebrate new public buildings that have made a difference to the people that use them, as well as surrounding communities. Described by

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David Chipperfield and Zaha Hadid among shortlist for inaugural RIBA International Prize

RIBA International Prize: the Royal Institute of British Architects has revealed the six projects competing to be named world’s best new building, including David Chipperfield’s Museo Jumex and Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center. Dezeen is media partner for the inaugural RIBA International Prize, which recognises buildings of any type, size and budget by any qualified architect in any country

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“Living legend” Paulo Mendes da Rocha to receive 2017 RIBA Royal Gold Medal

Breaking news: Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha has been named as the 2017 recipient of the Royal Gold Medal for architecture, after winning both the Praemium Imperiale prize and the Venice Architecture Biennale Golden Lion this year. Described by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as Brazil’s most celebrated living architect, Mendes da Rocha, 87, will More

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Brexit could trigger skills crisis in architecture and construction says RIBA

Brexit: the Royal Institute of British Architects has written to the UK’s Brexit minister David Davis to warn that construction is facing a skills deficit. The RIBA has joined a coalition of construction industry bodies to send a message to the government outlining six key priorities it must address to avoid a construction industry crisis when it leaves More

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Architects create 10 installations for RIBA Regent Street Windows 2016

London Design Festival 2016: architecture firms have created installations along one of London’s most famous shopping streets for the Royal Institute of British Architects’ annual Regent Street Windows project (+movie). This year’s RIBA Regent Street Windows, which runs until 25 September 2015, pairs architects with retailers on London’s Regent Street to create a series of bespoke window More

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Here’s what you can build for less than £1 million in the UK

With houses in London now selling for as much as £26 million, the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize shortlist offers some slightly more attainable inspiration for anyone with the time and energy to build from scratch. All six projects on the Stephen Lawrence Prize shortlist – including a school, a travelling artists’ studio, a London house More

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HTA Design architect Ben Derbyshire elected as next RIBA president

Architect Ben Derbyshire has been elected to become the next president of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Derbyshire is managing partner of design consultancy HTA Design, which has offices in London and Edinburgh. He will succeed current RIBA president Jane Duncan in September 2017 and will hold the position for two years. The architect plans More

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RIBA calls for national investment and freedom of movement to help architects tackle Brexit

Brexit crisis: the Royal Institute of British Architects has drawn up a list of demands from the UK government, including freedom of movement and national investment, to help architects deliver economic growth when the country leaves the European Union. In a report released today, entitled RIBA Brexit Policy Briefing, the organisation has called for a series of conditions to be implemented to protect More

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RIBA Stirling Prize 2016 shortlist announced

The Royal Institute of British Architects has revealed the shortlist for this year’s Stirling Prize, including Damien Hirst’s London gallery, an Oxford university building by Herzog & de Meuron and a forest home for a pair of artists (+ slideshow). There are six projects vying for the Stirling Prize 2016, which is awarded by the RIBA in recognition of the More

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RIBA exhibits three pavilions designed to serve London communities

London Festival of Architecture 2016: a soup servery, a rubbish bin-cum-play space and a flat-pack pop-up shop form part of an exhibition that explores how architecture can contribute to city communities (+ slideshow).  The installations are the result of an open competition set by the Royal Institute of British Architects, which asked for proposals that created community spaces within the urban More

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Britain’s best new houses revealed in RIBA House of the Year 2016 award longlist

The 20 houses vying for this year’s RIBA House of the Year award have been announced, including a forest home for a pair of artists, a London residence covered in mirrors and a cluster of cabins in Dungeness (+ slideshow). A renovated mid-century house in Wiltshire, a house-cum-gallery in Brighton and a Japanese-inspired house extension also feature on the More

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RIBA names best British architecture projects of 2016

The Royal Institute of British Architects has revealed the 46 winners of its national awards, including a library covered in weathering steel, a bulbous blue drawing studio and Damien Hirst’s London gallery (+ slideshow). A sensitively refurbished London home and a grass-roofed motorway service station in the Cotswolds also feature on the list for the RIBA National Awards 2016, which recognises the best of British architecture More

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Architects including Mecanoo and Studio Weave propose solutions to Britain’s housing crisis

Walter Segal-inspired cottages, co-living and custom-built terraces are among the solutions to Britain’s housing crisis proposed in an exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London (+ slideshow). Mecanoo, Studio Weave, vPPR, Mae, Jamie Fobert Architects and Maison Edouard François have all developed housing schemes for the RIBA’s At Home in Britain: Designing the House of Tomorrow exhibition, which opened More

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Bad UK school design is wasting £150 million each year, claims RIBA

Substandard UK schools are wasting millions, fostering bad behaviour in pupils, and causing one in five teachers to consider leaving their post, claims a new report from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Published today, the RIBA’s Better Spaces for Learning report highlights the shortcomings of the school design programme put in place by the UK government following More

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RIBA unveils star-studded longlist for world’s best new building

David Chipperfield, Bjarke Ingels, Vo Trong Nghia and the late Zaha Hadid are among the architects whose buildings are included on the 30-strong longlist for the first RIBA International Prize (+ slideshow). Revealed today by the Royal Institute of British Architects, the longlist of buildings vying to be named the “most significant and inspirational building More

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RIBA’s Creation from Catastrophe exhibition showcases the world’s best disaster-relief projects

A new exhibition about radical projects to rebuild communities in the aftermath of disasters points to the “changing role of architects in society”, says its curator (+ slideshow). Creation from Catastrophe at London’s Royal Institute of British Architects focuses on the way cities and communities have been reimagined by architects in the aftermath of natural and manmade disasters. Curator Jes Fernie More

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British architecture is experiencing a “dull period” says Peter Cook

Lack of experimentation and a culture of narrow-mindedness in schools has led to a dull period in British architecture, according to Archigram founder Peter Cook. Addressing an audience during a lecture at the Royal Institute of British Architects, Cook said the last 20 years had seen a dearth of interesting architecture, and claimed that agenda is often placed above creativity. “We’re in More

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Royal Gold Medal for Zaha Hadid was “totally overdue” says RIBA president

The Royal Institute of British Architects has acted “to right a 180-year wrong” by giving its highest honour to a woman, the body’s president has said. Jane Duncan made the remark in a speech at a ceremony at RIBA headquarters in London last night, where architect Zaha Hadid became the first woman ever to win More

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“Architecture is not a medium of personal expression for me” says Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid has rejected claims that her architecture is self-indulgent and wilful, believing that she is “widely misunderstood” by the mainstream. Addressing an audience during her Royal Gold Medal lecture last night, the Iraqi-born British architect said projects like her Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku were driven by an ambition for architectural progress, rather than personal indulgences. “Architecture is not a medium More

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Competition: win tickets to Gold Medal masterclass and lecture days at the RIBA

Competition: Dezeen has teamed up with the Royal Institute of British Architects to give 10 readers the chance to win tickets for lectures by Zaha Hadid and Peter Cook, and workshops with Bjarke Ingels and Grayson Perry. To coincide with Zaha Hadid receiving the Royal Gold Medal for architecture next week, the RIBA has organised two More

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International Prize for world’s best new building launched by RIBA

Dezeen promotion: the Royal Institute of British Architects is launching its International Prize for the best new building in the world, with the inaugural 2016 ceremony to take place in London. Open for entries today, the prize will be awarded to “the most significant and inspirational building of the year” according to the RIBA, and Dezeen is […]

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More than half of new homes in the UK are too small, says RIBA

Over 50 per cent of new family houses in the UK are “rabbit hutch” homes that are too small for most buyers, according to new research from the Royal Institute of British Architects. The average new three-bedroom home in the UK is lacking four square metres of necessary floor space – equivalent to a small […]

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RIBA announces student medal winners for 2015

An architectural strategy for Berlin and a maze-like academy combining religious and scientific studies are among the winners of this year’s RIBA President’s Medals and Research Awards. The awards, which are presented annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to Part-I and Part-II architecture graduates and researchers, have this year been presented to seven individuals. The two […]

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Barn-like house by McGonigle McGrath features pale walls and asymmetric gables

The shapes and proportions of local agricultural barns informed the design of this monochrome house in Northern Ireland, designed by British firm McGonigle McGrath (+ slideshow). Located just outside Newcastle in County Down, House at Maghera is a large residence for a family of five. Their brief was for a bright and spacious home that wouldn’t feel out of […]

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Skene Catling de la Pena’s Flint House named UK House of the Year

A house clad in pieces of flint, designed for one of the world’s richest families, has been named the best new house in the UK by the Royal Institute of British Architects. The winner of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) House of the Year prize was announced as the climax of a TV series […]

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Burntwood School by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris wins Stirling Prize 2015

The overhaul of a Modernist 1950s school for girls in London by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2015 for the biggest contribution to British architecture in the last year (+ slideshow). London-based Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) added six new buildings to the Burntwood School campus in Wandsworth, among a number […]

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Zaha Hadid to receive Royal Gold Medal for architecture

British architect Zaha Hadid is to become the 2016 recipient of the Royal Gold Medal for architecture, marking the first time a women has won the prize in her own right (+ slideshow). Awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects, the medal is presented annually in recognition of a significant contribution to the profession. Hadid […]

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Architects create series of installations in shop windows along Regent Street

London Design Festival 2015: the Royal Institute of British Architects’ annual Regent Street Windows project returns with 13 new installations up and down one of London’s most famous shopping streets (+ movie). The RIBA Regent Street Windows project, which runs until 27 September 2015, pairs architecture firms with retailers on Regent Street to create a series of […]

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RIBA Stirling Prize 2015 shortlist announced

The Royal Institute of British Architects has revealed the six buildings competing for this year’s Stirling Prize, including a Maggie’s cancer-care centre in Scotland, London’s NEO Bankside housing, and the expansion of Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery (+ slideshow). The Stirling Prize is awarded by the RIBA in recognition of the building that has made the greatest contribution […]

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Theis + Khan creates colourful new headquarters for the RIBA

London studio Theis + Khan has completed the new headquarters for the Royal Institute of British Architects, featuring a bright and spacious cafe space and custom-made plywood furnishings (+ slideshow). The new RIBA HQ is located at 76 Portland Place, a few doors down from the organisation’s historic base at number 66. It brings together […]

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RIBA awards the best British architecture projects of 2015

The Royal Institute of British Architects in London has revealed 37 winners of its 2015 awards, including a shoe-polish factory converted into offices, a sculptural swimming pool and a waterside distillery (+ slideshow). The RIBA Awards have been changed this year to only recognise projects in the UK, and this year’s list of winners comprises 29 in England, five […]

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“Regulation has a very stifling effect on creativity,” say O’Donnell and Tuomey

News: there aren’t enough opportunities in Europe for talented young architects, according to Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey, winners of this year’s RIBA Royal Gold Medal (+ interview). Ahead of receiving British architecture’s most prestigious award, the Dublin-based O’Donnell + Tuomey founders spoke out against current procurement methods in Europe, which often demand architects provide proof of their relevant […]
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UK architecture schools fail to equip students with skills needed for practice

News: most UK-based employers and students believe architecture graduates are not prepared for the realities of working in practice, according to an industry survey. Research undertaken by RIBA Appointments – the recruitment arm of the Royal Institute of British Architects – has found that 80 per cent of employers and 75 per cent of students think that architectural education puts theory […]
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British architects kick out their own resolution against Israel

News: after a change of leadership and criticism from leading architects, the Royal Institute of British Architects has overturned its own motion calling for a suspension of Israel from architecture’s international membership body. The current president of the RIBA, Steven Hodder, said the decision to call on the International Union of Architects (UIA) to ban Israel had not […]
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RIBA reveals student medal winners for 2014

News: graduate designs for an industrial landscape overlaid with scenes from Winnie-the-Pooh and a bathhouse set into a volcanic quarry are the big winners at the RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards this evening. The Silver and Bronze medals, which are awarded annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to Part I and Part II […]
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Liverpool Everyman Theatre by Haworth Tompkins wins Stirling Prize 2014

News: Haworth Tompkins’ new home for the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, featuring a curved auditorium built from 25,000 reclaimed bricks, is the 2014 winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize for the biggest contribution to British architecture this year. The project by London studio Haworth Tompkins involved designing a new home for the popular Liverpool theatre, which had been […]

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