One of architecture’s highest accolades, the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize, is an eagerly awaited moment in the industry’s collective calendar; and the shortlisted buildings for the 2022 RIBA Stirling Prize have just been revealed, working up our anticipation for the big winner announcement later this year. 

From a net-zero redevelopment of a 1980s office block to education buildings, affordable housing, cultural and community spaces; and from London to Cambridge and Falkirk, Scotland, the awards this year explore issues around the current climate crisis, reuse and adaptation of existing buildings, as well as the value of community. Flexibility and the urban realm also appear strongly in the shortlist, which feels less about grand architectural gestures, and more about subtle, functional, everyday design for all. 

hackney primary school and affordable housing, part of the 2022 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist
Hackney New Primary School and 333 Kingsland Road, London by Henley Halebrown. Photography: Nick Kane

2022 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist

  • 100 Liverpool Street, London by Hopkins Architects
  • Forth Valley College – Falkirk Campus, Scotland by Reiach and Hall Architects
  • Hackney New Primary School and 333 Kingsland Road, London by Henley Halebrown
  • Orchard Gardens, Elephant Park, London by Panter Hudspith Architects
  • Sands End Arts and Community Centre, London by Mæ Architects
  • The New Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge by Níall McLaughlin Architects

‘As we grapple with housing, energy and climate crises, these six projects give cause for optimism, each offering innovative solutions to the challenges of today and the future. From major capital-city regeneration programmes to new visions for higher education, they all share the ambition to deliver generous architecture fit for a low-carbon future,’ says RIBA president Simon Allford. ’Four of our shortlisted schemes provide new spaces to interact and learn. These formal and informal settings – schools, colleges and community centres – epitomise how to design for sustained community benefit. They are joined by ambitious new housing developments on compact and complex sites that set a benchmark for investment in high-quality, desirable urban homes. All six buildings are informed by close consultation and collaboration with clients, contractors and the community. The result: outstanding and welcoming architecture that lifts the spirit of all who engage with it.’ 

The winner of the 2022 RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced on Thursday 13 October 2022 at RIBA’s London headquarters. §


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