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Exclusive: RIBA Stirling Prize 2017 jury revealed

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A five-strong jury has been announced for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2017, including the BBC economist, journalist and presenter Evan Davies

The jury also includes Peter St John of Caruso St John Architects, whose Newport Street Gallery won last year’s award, and Jane Hall from Assemble.

It is completed by award-winning, sustainability expert Anupama Kundoo of Spain and India-based Anupama Kundoo Architects, and the institute’s president-elect Ben Derbyshire.

The six schemes shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2017 were announced last month. These include Hastings Pier by dRMM; Barrett’s Grove, Stoke Newington, by Groupwork + Amin Taha; and City of Glasgow College – City Campus by Reiach and Hall with Michael Laird Architects.

The other shortlisted projectcs were Photography Studio for Juergen Teller by 6a architects; The British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; and Command of the Oceans by Baynes and Mitchell Architects. 

The winner will be announced on Tuesday 31 October at the Roundhouse in Camden, north London. 

RIBA Stirling Prize 2017 jury

Evan Davies, BBC economist, journalist, and presenter

Davies is the main presenter on the BBC2 show, Newsnight. He is also the host of Dragons’ Den and the Radio 4 business discussion programme The Bottom Line. Previously, Davies was a presenter of the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 and was the BBC economics editor for seven years. Before joining the BBC in 1993, he was an economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and at the London Business School.

Benjamin Derbyshire (Jury chair), RIBA President Sept 2017-2019, chair HTA Design

Since 2016, Derbyshire has been chair of HTA Design. He is also sits on the boards of Design for Homes and NLA’s New London Sounding. He is a trustee of The London Society. He is the RIBA president-elect and will take up his role at the institute in mid-September.

Jane Hall, Assemble

Hall is a PhD Candidate at The Royal College of Art and a founding member of Assemble, which won the Turner Prize in 2015. She was the inaugural recipient of the British Council’s Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship (2013), which she used to research new models of practice inspired by the influential Brazilian modernist architect Lina Bo Bardi. Her work on public space, occupation and collective action has been published in Blueprint Magazine and The Architectural Review.

Anupama Kundoo, Anupama Kundoo Architects

Kundoo is based in Madrid, where she is a professor at UCJC (Universidad Camilo Jose Cela). She has had experience of working, researching and teaching at several universities across the world including the Technical University of Berlin; the Architectural Association, London; Parsons School of Design, New York; and the University of Melbourne.

Peter St John, partner at Caruso St John Architects, 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize winners

St John is a partner at Caruso St John Architects, which he founded with Adam Caruso in 1990. The practice’s first public building was the New Art Gallery in Walsall, a commission they won in an international competition and completed in 2000.

His practice has become known for its museums and galleries, and recent cultural projects include the Millbank Project at Tate Britain, Nottingham Contemporary and the extension of the V&A’s Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, as well as Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery, for which Caruso St John was awarded the Stirling Prize in 2016. St John is currently also a visiting professor at London Metropolitan University.

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