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RIBA International Book Awards for Architecture and Construction 2007 - Shortlists Announced

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) today announces the shortlists for the 2007 RIBA International Book Awards.

The annual RIBA International Book Awards aim to highlight the rising influence and standard of architectural writing and publishing. They celebrate the important contribution writing makes to the dynamic activity of creating buildings and transforming the landscape in which we live.

The awards are judged in two categories:
The Sir Nikolaus Pevsner International Book Award for Architecture recognises outstanding writing on architecture and architectural practice, the preservation of buildings, historic and theoretical research and analysis.

Supported by the British Architectural Library, part of the RIBA Trust, with media partner The Architectural Review.

The Sir Robert McAlpine International Book Award for Construction recognises exceptional writing on the construction and restoration of buildings, building design and building methods, and the use of new materials and technologies across the construction industry.

Supported by RIBA Bookshops with media partner Building Magazine.

Shortlist for The Sir Nikolaus Pevsner RIBA International Book Award for Architecture:

  • Inigo Jones and the Classical Tradition, by Christy Anderson. Cambridge University Press

  • Interpreting the Renaissance: Princes, Cities, Architects by Manfredo Tafuri. Yale University Press

  • Oscar Niemeyer Houses, by Alan Weintraub and Alan Hess. Rizzoli International Publishers

  • Ten Shades of Green: Architecture and the Natural World, by Peter Buchanan. W.W.Norton

  • Sir John Soane and London, by Ptolemy Dean. Ashgate Publishing

  • Subtle Substances: the Architecture of Lina Bo Bardi, by Olivia de Oliveira. Editorial Gustavo Gili

Shortlist for The Sir Robert McAlpine International Book Award for Construction:

  • Building Renaissance Venice: Patrons, Architects and Builders, by Richard J.Goy. Yale University Press

  • Infrastructure, by Brian Hayes. W.W.Norton

  • Smart Materials in Architecture, Interior Architecture and Design, by Axel Ritter. Birkhäuser Verlag

  • Stone Conservation: Principles and Practice, by Ed: Alison Henry. Donhead Publishing

  • Strategies for Sustainable Architecture, by Paola Sassi. Taylor and Francis

  • The Green Building Bible [2 volumes], by Ed: Richard Nichols, Keith Hall. Green Building Press

Judges for The Sir Nikolaus Pevsner RIBA International Book Award for Architecture are:

David Dernie, Architect and Head of the Manchester School of Architecture; Adrian Forty, Architectural Historian and Professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture (Chair and representative of The Architectural Review); Eva Jiricna, architect and designer; Irena Murray, Architectural Historian and Sir Banister Fletcher Director, RIBA British Architectural Library; Diana Periton, Architectural Historian and Head of Architectural History and Theory at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, the Glasgow School of Art; and Dalibor Vesely, Architectural Historian and Director (Emeritus) of Graduate Studies, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge.

Judges for The Sir Robert McAlpine International Book Award for Construction are:

Will Alsop, architect; Max Fordham, Principal of Max Fordam LLP, building services engineers (Chair); Alan Powers, author and lecturer; Jeremy Till, architect and Professor of Architecture and Director of Architectural Studies at the University of Sheffield; and Liz Walder, Communications Manager for RIBA London.

Winners will be announced at an awards presentation on 23 May 2007 at the Naval and Military Club, London, SW1Y. Winning publishers will receive an RIBA International Book Award plaque and authors will be presented with a cheque for £1,000.

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