Buildings line up for RIBA Awards

Thomas Heatherwick Studio and HOK Sport are just two of the groups jostling to win the Royal Institute of British Architects’ 2008 RIBA Awards.

Announced today, the awards are effectively the longlist for the 13th Stirling Prize, named after British architect Sir James Stirling, and are given to projects in Britain’s individual nations and regions.

A number of classical architects including Quinlan Terry and Julian Bicknell have controversially claimed that the awards reject traditional building designs.

Nominations this year include Littlehampton’s East Beach Café, designed by Heatherwick, the new Wembley Stadium created by Foster & Partners together with HOK Sport, and Heathrow’s Terminal 5 building by Rogers Stirk Harbour.

Designs entered in this year’s 92-stong list will be considered for the RIBA National Awards, which will be awarded at a ceremony on 27 June.

The winners will make up the shortlist for the £20 000 RIBA Stirling prize which takes place in the autumn.

Last year, David Chipperfield Architects scooped the Stirling prize for its Museum of Modern Literature building in Germany.

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