Top 10 awards in architecure

The Pritzker Architecture Prize

The Pritzker Architecture Prize is awarded annually “to honour a living architect or architects whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.” Founded in 1979 by Jay A. Pritzker and his wife Cindy, the award is funded by the Pritzker family and sponsored by the Hyatt Foundation. It is considered to be one of the world’s premier architecture prizes and is often referred to as the Nobel Prize of architecture.

Famous architects who have received Pritzker Prize:

Philip Johnson (1979), Frank Gehry (1989), Jean Nouvel (2008)

Winners of last 3 years:

2017 -Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta, Spain

2016 – Alejandro Aravena for Siamese Tower, Chile

 2015 – Frei Otto for Olympic Studio, Germany

The Pritzker Prize winning Siamese Towers designed by Alejandro Aravena


The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) is an architectural prize established by Aga Khan IV in 1977. It aims to identify and reward architectural concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of Islamic societies in the fields of contemporary designsocial housingcommunity development and improvement, restorationreuse and area conservation, as well as landscape design and improvement of the environment. It is presented in three-year cycles to multiple projects and has a monetary award, with prizes totalling US$ 1 million. Uniquely among architectural awards, it recognizes projects, teams, and stakeholders in addition to buildings and people.

Famous Award Winners:

Zaha Hadid (2016),

Latest Winners: 

Diba Tensile Architecture / Leila Araghian, Alireza Behzadi (Project: Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge)

Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury/Urbana (Project: Friendship Centre)

Big-Bjarke Ingels Group, Superflex, Topotek 1 (Project: Superkilen)


The Royal Gold Medal for architecture is awarded annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects on behalf of the British monarch, in recognition of an individual’s or group’s substantial contribution to international architecture. It is given for a distinguished body of work rather than for one building and is therefore not awarded for merely being currently fashionable.

The medal was first awarded in 1848 to Charles Robert Cockerell, and its winners include some of the most influential architects of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Eugène Viollet-le-Duc (1864), Frank Lloyd Wright (1941), Le Corbusier (1953), Walter Gropius (1956), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1959) and Buckminster Fuller (1968).

Latest Winners:

2017 Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Brazil

2016 – Zaha Hadid, UK/Iraq 

2015 – O’Donnell & TuomeyIreland,


The Emirates Glass LEAF Awards is an annual international architectural prize. It recognizes innovative architectural design that sets the benchmark for the international architectural community of the next generation.

The LEAF Awards program is operated by the Leading European Architects Forum (LEAF), founded in 2001. LEAF brings together leading international architects and designers operating in Europe and beyond to share knowledge, to network and to develop new partnerships

Famous Award Winners:

Jean Nouvel (2014), Woods Bagot (2009), David Chipperfield (2006)

Latest Award Winners (Overall Category):

2016 – Ian Ritchie Architects Ltd.

2015 – Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co. Ltd

2014 – Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects

Leaf Award winner project: Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, Designed by Ian Ritchie Architects Ltd.


The National Design Awards, founded in 2000, are funded and awarded by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. There are seven official design categories and three additional awards. Supplemental awards can be given at the discretion of the jury or institution.
It is awarded for recognizing design in the USA to educate and promote excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement.

Famous Award Winner:

Frank Gehry (2000), Lawrence Halprin (2000), I.M Pei (2001)

Latest Winners (Architecture Design):

2017 – MASS Design Group

2016 – Marlon Blackwell Architects

2015 – MOS Architectures


RIBA International Awards are part of an awards program operated by the Royal Institute of British Architects, also encompassing the Stirling Prize and the European Award. The RIBA International Award rewards “the excellent work being done by RIBA members around the world”. They are awarded annually to a varying number of buildings.

The shortlisted candidates for Lubetkin Prize used to be selected from the winners of the RIBA International Awards.

Famous Award Winners:

Fosters and Partners (2007), Richard Murphy (2009), Hopkins Architects (2009)

Latest winner:

2016 – Grafton Architects


The MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Awards is an award program for unbuilt or incomplete projects spanning across eight categories. It is organized and awarded annually by the MIPIM in cooperation with the monthly international magazine Architectural Review. The awards have been running since 2002 and take place at MIPIM, the international property market in Cannes.

Famous Award Winners:

Gary Hany (2008), Sudhir Jambhekar (2008), Nabil Gholam (2006)

Latest winners (Overall Category):

2017 – Tabanlioglu Architects, Melkan Gürsel & Murat Tabanlioglu 

2016 – Eller + Eller Architekten

2015 – Southeast University

MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects winner – 118 E59th Street Residences in New York, Designed by Tabanlioglu Architects, Melkan Gürsel & Murat Tabanlioglu


The Praemium Imperiale is an international art prize awarded since 1989 by the imperial family of Japan on behalf of the Japan Art Association in the fields of painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and film. These fields have been intentionally chosen as these are the precise fields that are not considered for the Nobel Prize. The prizes are awarded for outstanding contributions to the development, promotion and progress of the arts.

Famous Award Winner: 

Charles Correa (1994), Tadao Ando (1996), James Stirling (1990)

Latest Winners:

2016 – Paulo Mendes Da Rocha

2015 – Dominique Perrault

2014 – Steven Holl


The Outstanding Structure Award is an award presented by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering to the Engineer, Architect, Contractor, and the Owner in recognition of the most remarkable, innovative, creative or otherwise stimulating structure completed within the last few years.

Famous Award Winners:

Frank Gehry (2001), Santiago Calatrava(2004), Nikken Sikkei (2000)

Latest winners:

2017 – Phoenix Centre, Beijing, China

2016 – Shanghai Tower, China

2015 – The San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge New East Span, USA

Winner of The Outstanding Structure: The San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge [New]. The earlier collapsed bridge can be seen next to the new bridge.


The Progressive Architecture Awards (P/A Awards) annually recognize risk-taking practitioners and seek to promote progress in the field of architecture. Every year there is a varying number of architects that are honoured with these awards. The editors of Progressive Architecture magazine hosted the first Progressive Architecture Award jury in 1954. Since then they have been publishing the magazine ARCHITECTURE.

Famous Award Winners: 

Louis Sauer (1973), Peter Eisenman (1985), Michael Gabellini (1999)

A Few Of The Latest Winners:

2016: Steven Holl Architects (Project: Maggie’s Centre Barts, London)

2015: Bjarke Ingels Group (Project: VIA 57 West,  New York)

2014: Allied Works Architecture (Project: National Music Centre of Canada)

The Progressive architecture Award winner project: National music centre of Canada, Designed by Allied Works Architecture


About the author:

Prajakta Joshi, an architect by profession, she is a vehement pursuer of other forms arts such as writing, designing and even dancing. Her inquisitive nature and love for perfection have taken her ahead in her profession in very short duration.

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