The AJ tips the runners and riders likely to make it on to next year's Stirling Prize shortlist Selfridges, Birmingham Possibly the most publicised building of the year, Future Systems' showstopping Selfridges is a love it or hate it building, but will undoubtedly kick-start Birmingham's regeneration and has put department store design back on the architectural agenda. If successful, it would be the practice's second Stirling victory following its success with the NatWest Media Centre at Lord's in 1999.
Maggie's Centre, Dundee The RIBA's decision to open up its awards to honorary fellows means that Frank Gehry's Maggie's Centre could be a contender for next year's Stirling Prize. Although decidedly humble for a Stirling Prize contender, the prestige of both architect and client (Charles Jencks) along with the pioneering success of the Maggie's Centre initiative could sway the judges.
Swiss Re Could the 'erotic gherkin'be the first office building to walk off with the Stirling Prize?
A bumper year for Foster, other possible contenders include City Hall and the James Bond-style semi-underground headquarters building for TAG McLaren. If successful, this would be its second Stirling win following the success with the American Air Force Museum, Duxford in 1998.
Bath Spa Dogged by troubles with the contractor, Grimshaw's Bath Spa is nevertheless an astounding piece of work and a strong contender for next year's prize. A victory would compensate for the 2001 award, when Grimshaw's Eden Project was tipped to win but was pipped at the post by Wilkinson Eyre's Magna.
Imperial War Museum North The winner of this year's Building category in the British Construction Industry Awards, Studio Libeskind's startling Imperial War Museum North was not eligible for this year's Stirling Prize but, like Gehry's Maggie's Centre, could be entered this year following changes in the rules.