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Weather, of the inclemently hot kind, resulted in the RIBA awards dinner taking place on the hottest night of the year. It was the biggest-ever institute awards night, with more than 750 people present in the former Truman's Brewery in Brick Lane, east London. Jackets were instantly discarded as the room turned into a simulacrum of an East End sweat shop; some guests decided discretion was the better part of environmental behaviour (including genial engineer Albert Taylor of Adams Kara Taylor) and moved to cooler locations. Tessa (Baroness) Blackstone, chair of the new RIBA Trust, was on hand to announce this year's new category of award, for work done by RIBA members outside the EU - a welcome initiative and one of the last under RIBA Awards Group chair Eric Parry, who retires later this year. He will be succeeded by Professor Jeremy Till.

President George Ferguson was on good form; his vote of thanks at the end of the evening included praise for Sir Stuart Lipton's role at CABE, winning a spontaneous round of applause.

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