This year's riba Awards could become the first major event to take place inside the Millennium Dome at Greenwich, following an initiative by awards chair Marco Goldschmied of Richard Rogers Partnership, the Dome architect.
The plan is part of a policy to upgrade the impact of the awards, already given a higher profile by the Stirling Prize. A move away from the institute would add sparkle to the ceremony, it is thought.
Goldschmied told aj that next year he hoped to use the top two floors of the Lighthouse building in Glasgow, the Charles Rennie Mackintosh building being refurbished by Page & Park, for the awards ceremony. 'We need to inject more excitement into the event,' he said.
The awards scheme, which was in the doldrums before being improved by Jane Priestman, is underplayed at the moment, Goldschmied feels. There is no thorough publication of the awards (a book is being considered), and the role of the lay assessors is not given the recognition it might be. The world at large still thinks that it is just architects giving awards to other architects.