2018 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist announced  

The six buildings to be shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize have been announced by The Royal Institute for British Architects

Nominations for the UK’s best new building include an office building, a cemetery, a nursery and two different university buildings. The winner of this prestigious award will be announce in October 2018.

RIBA President Ben Derbyshire said: “This shortlist illustrates why UK architects and architecture are held in such high regard around the world.

“Years of thoughtful design, collaborative working and a desire to nurture the human spirit has resulted in six buildings of real integrity and purpose. I am sure they will continue to inspire those who experience them, for decades to come.”

The RIBA Stirling Prize is judged against a range of criteria including design vision; innovation and originality; capacity to stimulate, engage and delight occupants and visitors; accessibility and sustainability; how fit the building is for its purpose and the level of client satisfaction.

In 2017 the RIBA Stirling Prize was awarded to Hastings Pier, by dRMM Architects, which was rebuilt after it was destroyed by fire in 2010.

Here we take a look at the six contenders for the 2018 award:

Bushey Cemetery

by Waugh Thistleton Architects

Client: The United Synagogue
Awards: RIBA East Award 2018 and RIBA National Award 2018

RIBA Stirling Prize

Source: Waugh Thistleton Architects

“The architects, Waugh Thistleton, have a very strong, long term relationship with the Jewish community. They have completed a number of synagogues prior to this project and the simplicity, austerity even, of the means and materials used in this project are a reflection of this mutual respect, trust and empathy. Every aspect of the building layout and progress through the landscape are in keeping with the spirit of the event.” RIBA introduction to the project.


New Tate St Ives

by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev

Client: Tate St Ives
Awards: RIBA South West Award 2018 and RIBA National Award 2018

2018 RIBA Stirling Prize

Source: Jamie Fobert Architects

“The extended gestation of the reconfiguration and extension of the Tate St Ives has resulted in a building with more than twice as much gallery space which resolves the functional challenges of the original building, increases the car parking provision at the top of the site and creates an enhanced public route from top to bottom of the site. The visible manifestation of the new building is minimal and modest, underplaying its impact on the interior experience for visitors and staff.” RIBA introduction to the project.


​Bloomberg, London

by Foster + Partners

Client: Bloomberg

Awards: RIBA London Award 2018 and RIBA National Award 2018

2018 RIBA Stirling Prize

Source: Fosters + Partners

“Occupying a whole block within the city, this project is a large office building to house all of Bloombergs employees under one roof for the first time. Externally the building incorporates a covered walkway all round its perimeter. There is also a new street created, carving the building into two blocks connected by bridges. Commercial units for restaurants etc. are arranged at ground level. There is an external undulation in plan described by the architect as an expression of the movement around the building.” RIBA introduction to the project.


Chadwick Hall

by Henley Halebrown

Client University of Roehampton

Awards RIBA London Award 2018 and RIBA National Award 2018

2018 RIBA Stirling Prize

Source: architects Henley HaleBrown

“The scheme is set in the grounds of the Georgian grade II* listed Downshire House which itself borders on the LCC’s Alton West Estate (grade II* listed).

This is a good example of timeless architecture. It is inspiring while remaining simple. The scheme’s success is also based on a skillful master plan with sensitive arrangement of the blocks within the landscape, existing listed building and the restored sunken garden. The concept is a nod both to Georgian architecture as well as to a Modernist block of flats to the Northwest boundary of the site. The design becomes a backdrop for the listed building and the sunken garden. It gives them the importance and provides a setting for social gathering.” RIBA introduction to the project.


Storey’s Field Centre and Eddington Nursery


Client University of Cambridge
Awards RIBA East Award 2018, RIBA East Sustainability 2018, RIBA East Building of the Year and RIBA National Award 2018

2018 RIBA Stirling Prize

Source: North West Cambridge Development, Architects MUMA

“This is the very highest quality architecture. It shows how an architect can add joy, an enhanced experience of materials and human dimension to every part of a building. The spaces in the nursery are worthy of a much more sophisticated audience, but are always based around the scale and activities in each space. Where small windows are needed they are arranged in the pattern of constellations of stars (even with the correct orientation), where a decorative circular window from the enclosed garden is made out of a ventilation inlet grille, it is evidence of the skill, imagination and continuous attention to detail of the architect. This is a truly well-crafted building, where material or technology is only used where it is needed.” RIBA introduction to the project.


The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre

by Niall McLaughlin Architects

Client Worcester College, winning
Awards RIBA South Award 2018, RIBA South Building of the Year 2018 and RIBA National Award 2018

2018 RIBA Stirling Prize

“The setting for this building is unbeatable. It is beside a perfectly-mown cricket pitch within the secluded, rambling and idyllic garden of one of Oxford’s most historic colleges. And there’s a lake nearby too.

To not only preserve but enhance this context would require a building of assured calm and grace. It would need to use materials with a tactile gravitas and be imbued with a timelessness which would make it feel as if it had always been there and need never leave. The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre does all this and more.” RIBA introduction to the project.


Further information on the Stirling Prize and this shortlist can be found on the RIBA website here