1. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, Canada - Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects
2. Casa Kike, Cahuita, Costa Rica - Gianni Botsford Architects
3. New British High Commission, Kampala, Uganda - Cullum & Nightingale Architects
4. Akron Art Museum, Ohio, USA - COOP HIMMELB(L)AU
5. Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, USA - Adjaye Associates
This has automatically created a shortlist for the up and coming prestigious Lubetkin Prize, handed for the most outstanding building outside the EU by an RIBA member and chosen from winners of RIBA International Awards following visits by a jury of architects and a lay judge. The presentation of the Lubetkin Prize will form the climax of the RIBA National and International Awards dinner and ceremony, to be held at the London Hilton Hotel on Friday 27 June 2008. Live at the ceremony, the winners of the RIBA National Awards and the RIBA European Awards, (both eligible for the RIBA Stirling Prize in association with The Architects’ Journal) will also be announced.
At the announcement Sunand Prasad, RIBA President, said:"The Lubetkin Prize was invented to honour the incredible range of work being done by RIBA members all round the world. In its third year, the shortlist perfectly demonstrates the breadth of this work: a writer’s home, a British embassy and an art museum for a town regenerating itself. The architectural solutions are as diverse and engaging as the buildings’ functions."
The three short listed buildings were seen by a visiting jury comprising Niall McLaughlin, architect and chair of the RIBA Awards Group and Tony Chapman, RIBA Head of Awards. They will report to the full jury which also includes architects Sunand Prasad, RIBA President, Denise Bennetts and Glenn Howells. Berthold Lubetkin's daughter Sasha will present the winner of the Lubetkin Prize with a unique cast concrete plaque, based loosely on Lubetkin’s design for the Penguin Pool at London Zoo. It has been commissioned by the RIBA and designed and made by the artist Petr Weigl.