ACE/RIBA Award for Religious Architecture

Art and Christianity Enquiry (ACE) invites entries for the 2015 Award for Religious Architecture. ACE is presenting the Award in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects. Entries for a work of religious architecture or landscape design from any faith tradition will be considered for the award of £5,000. Entries must be in the United Kingdom and completed between July 2011 and July 2015.

The ACE/RIBA Award seeks to commend the collaborative process of the client and architect(s) and both must give their permission for the entry. To this end £4,000 of the prize money will go to the architect(s) of the winning scheme and £1,000 to the client. A specially commissioned artwork will also be offered to the client to display during 2016.

Judging panel

Chair of the judging panel: Matthew Rice (illustrator and author)

Other panel members: Gillian Darley (writer, broadcaster and biographer)
Tom Jarman (partner at Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios)
The Right Reverend Stephen Platten (Rector of St Michael Cornhill and Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of London)
Otto Saumarez Smith (architectural historian)


The panel will be asked to judge the quality of the design, particularly in its

  • Integrity in relation to the client’s own faith traditions and to the interpretation of the brief
  • Language and style of its architectural imagination satisfying both functional and aesthetic requirements
  • Ability to articulate its presence in an external space and its capacity to incorporate into the scheme appropriate variation in ritual and community use
  • Respect for neighbouring land use
  • Structural and servicing systems and the selection and detailing of materials
  • capability to endure as a fine work of architecture or landscape design throughout its working life.

Entry rules

For the purposes of the Award the words ‘architecture’ or ‘landscape design’ include any new build, alteration, extension, intervention or re-landscaping within the grounds of a building used by any active worshipping community of any religion.

Buildings or extensions not used for worship are not eligible for this Award but schemes that incorporate other community uses as well as worship may be entered.

Schemes must be completed to the extent that any parts of the building to be considered for the Award should have been handed over and ready for use by 3 July 2015. All landscaping should also be complete.

Entry fees and how to apply

Applicants must complete the entry form and submit with the additional material and £40 fee.

The deadline for applications is 6pm on 3 July 2015.

Entry Procedure

Entry forms are available for download as a PDF file or a Word document.

Online Entry Forms

You may submit entries on the web site.

Registered users can complete the online entry form for an ACE Award entry.