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RIBA International Prize 2016


The University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) in Lima, Perú, by Grafton Architects with Shell Arqutiectos, has been the winner project of the RIBA International Prize, the new biennial prize awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects that seeks to recognise the best architectural work built anywhere in the world over the past three years.

The jury, chaired by Richard Rogers, has emphasised that “UTEC is an exceptional example of civil architecture, a building designed with people at its heart. Grafton Architects have created a new way to think about a university campus, with a distinctive vertical structure responding to its local environment and community. Sitting on the border of two residential districts in Lima, in section UTEC perches tantalizingly on the edge of a ravine. Seen from across the ravine it is as bold and as pure a statement of the symbiosis between architecture and engineering as could be imagined. UTEC has been designed to encourage its students to interact in a unique way with the building; the vertical structure provides open circulation and meeting spaces in a succession of platforms that compose the ‘frame’ of the building”.

The other five projects selected in this first edition were: the Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan, by Zaha Hadid Architects with DiA Holding; Arquipélago - Centro de Artes Contemporâneas in the Azores, the work of João Mendes Ribeiro, Cristina Guedes and Francisco Vieira de Campos, (Menos é Mais arquitectos associados, lda); the Museo Jumex in Mexico City, by David Chipperfield Architects with Taller Abierto de Arquitectura y Urbanismo; the Stormen auditorium in Norway, which contains a theatre and a public library, the work of DRDH Architects, and the Ring of Remembrance memorial, a monument to the fallen of the First World War in Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, France, by Agence d’architecture Philippe Prost.


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