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Data analysis: RIBA Awards sorted by type, region and cost

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What type of buildings pick up the most RIBA awards, which regions do best and what is the average cost of the winning schemes? The AJ crunches the data 

We have analysed the numbers of awards handed out since 2012 when the entry process changed to the hierarchical system of Regional and National Awards we see today. 

As expected, London comes out top with the most awards. The South and South East region follows in second place with 27 National Awards in the past five years, clearly showing that, with the exception of Scotland, there is a north-south divide in terms of producing award-winning architecture. Despite a relatively poor year, Scotland has bucked the trend and has the third highest total number of awards for any region since 2012. 

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RIBA National Awards: Typology

But it is the regions that consistently fail to receive awards that are the most concerning. Wales has picked up just three accolades in the past four years and the North East has received only four. In these areas funding for projects could be harder to come by and practices may be seeing an unwillingness from clients to spend money on good design.

RIBA National Awards 2016: cheapest and most expensive projects

Perhaps the RIBA should take note of these struggling regions and push to promote the value of award-winning architecture.

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  • Some excellent regional winners from the North East this year. I'm surprised there wasn't at least one more National Award for the region - For Example, Crook Hall Visitor Centre.

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