The first ever winner of the RIBA International Prize has been revealed.
Irish architecture firm Grafton Architects has won for the Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) in Lima, Peru, which showcases a minimalist façade that plays with depth and pattern.
Created in collaboration with Shell Arquitectos, the building complements its surroundings ‒ including a dramatic hillside.
The RIBA International Prize was decided by a prestigious jury, led by Richard Rogers. The jury said:
‘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 campus’ structure responding to the temperate climatic conditions and referencing Peru’s terrain and heritage… UTEC is the culmination of years of experimentation by Grafton Architects. In this building they show the mastery of their craft, gifting Lima with a bold yet considerate contribution to the city and a visionary, world-class building.’
The six-strong shortlist included Heydar Aliyev Center by Zaha Hadid Architects and the Ring of Remembrance memorial in Northern France.
Find out more about the new Prize here.