RIBA Winners

By Aaron Britt / Published by Dwell
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I was down in the mailroom today when I spied a copy of Architecture 09: RIBA Buildings of the Year, edited by Tony Chapman, which came out at the end of last year. Whenever I'm hard-pressed to find a project for Dwell, or bored, I love to peruse the awards sections of architectural organizations websites, if only to keep abreast of what's new and notable. This book from the Royal Institute of British Architects is a trove of exciting English design, which you can see on the awards page of the RIBA website.

I quickly hopped from book to webpage and in the process came across a few nuggets not included in the text. For one, be sure to check out this gallery of the 2009 Royal Gold Medal winner Alvaro Siza. Siza has a stellar body of work behind him, and the Portugese Pritzker Prize winner shows few signs of slowing down.

For a rather different take on the buildings shortlisted for the presigious Stirling Prize, watch this video. I was at first expecting some narrated stroll through the various projects nominated, which range from a winery to a museum to a health center, but instead got the buildings rather as you might look at them on your own: long, panning shots devoid of contextualizing archi-babble, or the fulsome plaudits that usually come with awards-giving trade. The ultimate winner was Maggie's Center London (pictured above) by Sir Richard Rogers.

And for you Britons gearing up for a win in 2010, apply here and now.

Aaron Britt

@aaronbritt

Aaron writes the men's style column "The Pocket Square" for the San Francisco Chronicle and has written for the New York Times, the Times Magazine, Newsweek, National Geographic and others.

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