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Stirling shortlist: Hopkins Architects

The AJ presents buildings, essays and archive material from the architects nominated for the 2011 RIBA Stirling Prize, sponsored by Benchmark

As with many other top AJ100 outfits, the quintessentially English Hopkins Architects – whose work in the UK includes the Schlumberger Cambridge Research Centre (1985), the Lords Mound Stand (1987) and Portcullis House (2001) – is increasingly working abroad.

As well as a new environmental and materials research station in China, the practice is expecting several mega-projects in Dubai to begin soon and has a swathe of cricket stands in India. Michael Hopkins, the 76-year-old RIBA Gold Medallist who confesses he hated cricket at school, says: ‘I like designing stadiums for cricket, but that is not to be confused with being cricket mad.’

The Olympic Velodrome – favourite for the 2011 RIBA Stirling Prize – also landed the practice its second AJ100 Building of the Year accolade on the trot, having won the title in 2010 with its ‘impeccable’ Kroon Hall at Yale.

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