Baku, Azerbaijan, May 10
A thirty-strong shortlist of architectural projects from around the world that has been unveiled by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on May 10 includes Baku's Heydar Aliyev Center, which was designed by famous architect Zaha Hadid.
The list includes buildings from more than 20 countries - from China to Columbia, from Ireland to Azerbaijan.
An international jury chaired by the owner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, renowned British architect Richard Rogers, will visit the 30 selected projects this summer before naming 20 winners of the RIBA Awards for International Excellence. An additional judging round will provide the six finalists to be assessed by the grand jury, which will visit each project in the autumn and announce the winner in December 2016.
The Royal Institute of British Architects is a union of professional architects. RIBA presents regional and national awards since 1966. The prize joins a portfolio of other awards organized by the RIBA, including the Royal Gold Medal and the RIBA Stirling Prize.