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Hunt on for next RIBA Awards judges

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The RIBA has launched its annual search for judges for its regional and national awards

The institution is looking for professionals to fill a variety of roles including lay assessors, judges, and special advisers.

Regional judges visit all entries in one region and make recommendations as to which buildings will be put forward to the national jury, whereas specialist advisers will focus on those projects which require a conservation or sustainability specialist.

According to the RIBA ‘every judge play a crucial part in a rigorous and thorough process that leads ultimately to the RIBA Stirling Prize.’

It added: ‘The task of judging buildings is a fascinating one. It carries the responsibility for upholding and celebrating the highest standards of British architecture.’

The RIBA awards take place each year, celebrating the highest standards of British architecture and forming the long list for the Stirling Prize, which this year was picked up by AHMM’s Burntwood School.

To be considered for the task, applicants must fill out an application form by 23 November 2015.

The RIBA Awards juries

What does a regional jury do?
The regional juries, consisting of a regional jury chair, regional representative, regional lay assessor, sustainability specialist and conservation specialist will meet in Feb/March 2016 in the relevant region. Using the entry materials provided, they will discuss and decide which projects will be shortlisted and visited. The national jury chair will also attend, with advisory powers on possible additional schemes to be visited.

The RIBA regional offices organise all regional awards jury visits and will contact the architect directly, inviting both architect and client to the visit. Regional jury visits will take place in March and early April 2016. Once visits have been completed the jury will decide their regional winners, regional special awards and their recommendations for their RIBA national award shortlists. Regional Awards will be announced at awards events across the country in April.

What does a national jury do?
The national jury is made up of current members and newly co-opted members of the RIBA awards group and meets in April 2016. Using entry materials provided and recommendations from the regional juries they will discuss and decide which projects will be shortlisted and visited in consideration for RIBA national awards.

The RIBA awards team organise all national awards jury visits and will contact the architect directly, inviting both architect and client to the visit. National jury visits will take place in May 2016. Once visits have been completed the national jury chairs will meet and decide all national award winners. National awards will be announced in mid-June 2016.

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