Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza has been awarded the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Royal Gold Medal.

Siza, one of Portugal’s most famous architects, is known for his minimal Modernist structures, including the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, Portugal completed in 1997.

Previous winners of the medal include Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe.

The RIBA has also announced the favourite to win another of its prestigious accolades, the Stirling Prize
According to the latest betting odds by William Hill, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’ Westminster Academy in London, is the current favourite to win the prize.

The Academy has been given odds of 3/1 to win, closely followed by Denton Corker Marshall’s Manchester Civil Justice Centre in second while Zaha Hadid’s Nordpark Cable Railway in Austria is in third place.

The winner of the Stirling Prize will be announced on 11 October. Previous winners include the Museum of Modern Literature in Germany by David Chipperfield Architects and Barajas Airport by Richard Rogers Partnership.

By Ozge Ibrahim.