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Meet the 2021 RIBA International Prize shortlist | Wallpaper*

The 2021 RIBA International Prize shortlist has been unveiled – following the celebration of the 2021 RIBA International Awards for Excellence winners’ announcement earlier in the year, from which the shortlist is drawn – and anticipation is set to build ahead of the big reveal of the grand overall winner, to follow soon. The biannual award has a strong emphasis on both design excellence and social impact, bringing together a variety of considerations for the jury panel, which consists of architects and creative professionals including Odile Decq (who acts as the chair), Es Devlin, Jeanne Gang, Rosanna Hu and Gustavo Utrabo.

The shortlist comprises just three, exquisite but very different buildings – a hospital in Satkhira, Bangladesh, a bridge in Copenhagen, and a gallery in Berlin. ‘These projects are united by human experience at their heart. Collectively, they demonstrate sensitivity to their surroundings and local cultures, inclusive design, and sustainable solutions, and set a high bar for architectural excellence around the world,’ says RIBA president Simon Allford. Join us, as we explore each one below.


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