Frances G. McGlothlin Wing

VMFA Wins International Architecture Award

2011 RIBA International Award winners announced

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the 2011 RIBA International Awards for buildings displaying architectural excellence, and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is one of the 13 recipients, among only three United States projects.  From Foster + Partner’s futuristic Masdar Institute and Zaha Hadid’s curvaceous Guangzhou Opera House to Rick Mather Architects + SMBW’s James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Wing at VMFA, the awards recognize a star-studded cast of imaginative and breathtaking buildings.

This year also sees the dramatic rebuilding and renovation of buildings including the Iron Market in Port au Prince – seen as Haiti’s “Eiffel Tower” – and the transformation from empty factory to housing of the Stanislavsky Factory in Moscow, both by John McAslan + Partners.

The RIBA International Awards are presented to architecture practices based outside of the United Kingdom for buildings anywhere outside the United Kingdom, or for practices based in Britain and working outside of the European Union. All winners are eligible for the RIBA Lubetkin Prize, which is awarded to the best international building by a RIBA member.  The winner of the RIBA Lubetkin prize will be announced on October 1, 2011 at Magna Science and Adventure Centre in Rotherham, England, and will be broadcasted along with the RIBA Stirling Prize as a special edition of BBC TWO’s The Culture Show.

The full list of 13 RIBA International Award winners is:

Masdar Institute
Foster + Partners
Masdar City, Abu Dhabi

Brain and Mind Research Unit – Youth Mental Health Building University
Sydney, Australia

Guangzhou Opera House
Zaha Hadid Architects
Guangzhou, China

Iron Market
John McAslan + Partners
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Alila Villas Uluwatu
Bali, Indonesia

Stanislavsky Factory
John McAslan + Partners
Moscow, Russia

School of the Arts

Galleria Centercity Department Store
Cheonan, South Korea

Laboratory Building
David Chipperfield Architects
Basel, Switzerland

Loft Gardens
Istanbul, Turkey

Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Foster + Partners
Boston, Mass., USA

North College, Rice University
Hopkins Architects
Houston, Texas, USA

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Rick Mather Architects + SMBW
Richmond, Va., USA

About RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and its members.  The RIBA Lubetkin Prize is named in honor of Berthold Lubetkin, the Georgia-born architect who worked in Paris before coming to London in the 1930s to establish the influential Tecton Group.  He is best known for the two Highpoint apartment blocks in Highgate and the Penguin Pool at London Zoo.  For more information, visit


About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum’s permanent collection encompasses more than 23,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation’s finest collections of American Art, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Modern & Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its 75-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA’s Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. General admission is always free. For additional information, telephone 804-340-1400 or visit