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Trio of small practices in Maggie's competition win

Three practices are set to see their standing in the architectural world shoot up after being shortlisted for the high-profile Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres competition.

Featherstone Associates, Tyler Hayhurst and BCA London have been selected after entering the competition along with 40 other hopefuls. The practices were asked how they would 'add value' to one of the Maggie's Cancer Centres.

The competition is part of the RIBA's annual small practice conference, Guerrilla Tactics, which this year focuses on the theme of adding value.

The three small practices will give a presentation on how they would add design value to a Maggie Centre to more than 300 delegates - as well as a judging panel including Richard Rogers and CABE deputy chairman and Architectural Revieweditor Paul Finch.

The winner of the competition will pick up £2,000, and the two runners-up will receive an honorarium of £500.

The aim of the competition is to explore how practices understand the client and respond to the client's needs.

It also gives the winner a great deal of self-promotion, especially with the affiliation of the Maggie's name.

Over the years the charity, which was set up by Charles Jencks after the death of his wife Maggie from cancer, has used major architects such as Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers.

The Guerrilla Tactics conference will be held at the RIBA headquarters in Portland Place on 11 October.

by Richard Vaughan

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