The Royal Institute of British Architects has announced that Lord Norman Foster, Pritzker Laureate, will be chairing the 2021 Stirling Prize jury. Mina Hasman, an architect and sustainability expert, will advise the jury.
The six buildings shortlisted for the Stirling Prize have been revealed by RIBA already. These buildings displayed “the innovation, ambition and heart of exceptional architecture,” and ranged from a Cambridge city mosque to a remote bridge and vibrant gathering space in Kingston. Although the selected projects are diverse in function and location, they all explore the local context and environment in innovative and creative ways. Each project explored how people deal with major global issues, and highlighted the crucial role of architects in creating sustainable environments.
His reputation as an architect pioneer is evident in his extraordinary portfolio of outstanding projects, which includes three Stirling Prizes. We are thrilled that Lord Foster will chair this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize jury. The 2021 shortlist demonstrates the innovative ideas and ambition that underpin great architecture. We are certain that there will be lively debate and deliberation when we choose the winner. — Simon Allford, RIBA President
RIBA also announced the 16 International Awards for Excellence 2021 winners. The projects included significant cultural destinations like the Modern Art Museum in Shanghai and its Walkways in Shanghai, as well as new infrastructure such as Lille Langebro’s pedestrian and bicycle bridge in Copenhagen’s heart. There was also a stunning artist’s home in Sri Lanka and a Bogota hospital that connects patients and nature.
Foster + Partners’ most recent projects include Edmond and Lily Safra Center For Brain Sciences, which is a new research facility on the Hebrew University of Jerusalem campus. It features a series of flexible laboratories that are arranged in two separate wings around a central courtyard. This courtyard recreates the surrounding environment through its citrus trees, water stream and water stream.