The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a professional body that celebrates the best architecture in the UK and across the world. The London-based organisation presents a number of awards annually, including the prestigious Stirling Prize and RIBA's highest honour: the Royal Gold Medal for architecture.
A high point in interest in the RIBA last year came when it awarded a house clad in pieces of flint – designed for one of the world's richest families – its rebranded House of the Year prize at the climax of a TV series shown on Channel 4.
Another was when it awarded the Royal Gold Medal, presented in recognition of a significant contribution to the profession, to Zaha Hadid. This marked the first time a woman had won the prize in her own right in the institution's 180-year history.
Addressing an audience during her Royal Gold Medal lecture in February, Hadid rejected claims that her architecture was self-indulgent and claimed instead that she was "widely misunderstood". The British architect died just a few weeks later aged 65, following a sudden heart attack.