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Kuma, Maltzan and DSR but no Brits on Winnipeg shortlist

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No British firms have made the six-strong shortlist for the Inuit Art and Learning Centre in Winnipeg, Canada

The Winnipeg Art Gallery has narrowed the international competition down to six teams after receiving 64 expressions of interest in the scheme.

New York-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Los Angeles practice Michael Maltzan Architecture; and Tokyo firm Kengo Kuma and Associates all made the cut.

Two US/Canadian partnerships also made the shortlist – Will Bruder Architects with Peter Sampson Architecture Studio; and Preston Scott Cohen with TEN.

All-Canadian team Patkau Architects with LM Architectural Group completed the shortlist.

The centre will house the gallery’s collection of contemporary Inuit art, the largest of its kind in the world, as well as art and learning programs. The proposed extension has a construction budget of $33.4 million (£21 million) with a groundbreaking ceremony expected in 2014.

Executive director Stephen Borys said: ‘We were very impressed by the wealth of responses from around the world to the call for expressions of interest.

‘With such a large number of outstanding submissions from 15 countries it was a challenging task to establish a shortlist.’

The finalist will prepare expanded proposals to undertake the design of the centre, with the winning team to be announced in late October.

The lack of a British practice on the shortlist comes after they were urged to make hay in Canada while the market remains buoyant (AJ 27.07.2012).

Earlier this summer Victor Smith, chief executive of Toronto-headquartered Ingenium – which owns UK practice Archial – said the country held many opportunities for architects in the short-term.

Canadian commercial and industrial construction hit a three-year high in the second quarter of this year, while housing starts were up 14 per cent in April

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