The building was authored by architects Vita Polkovņikova, Ina Kuļikovska, Kristaps Bautra, Dace Zariņa, Raivis Liepiņš, Madara Plāciņa, Alise Jēkabsone, as well as landscape architect Ingūna Rozentāle, all of the Sestais stils architecture firm.
The award was handed for innovative technical solutions and room organization that created a modern environment that's conducive to studies.
In addition to the annual award, the office of the Rīga City Architect handed ten recognition awards for the nominated projects.
"This year the Annual Rīga Architecture Award is handed to an object with a mission in the future of the state and the capital – to an object that not only will make an investment in the next generations of Latvia's scientists and brightest minds but also provides an impression of the development prospects of Torņakalns," said Rīga city architect Gvido Princis.
The award winner was announced on October 3, the 2016 World Architecture Day by the Rīga city architect Gvido Princis. The winner was picked by combining popular vote with the jury's choice and impressions from on-site visits.
Last year's award was won by the National Library, designed by a pack of architects lead by Gunārs Birkerts.