Foster and Partners was never far from the news in 1999. Foster himself became Lord Foster of Thames Bank and won the Pritzker prize, while his practice picked up some of the most prestigious contracts around. The Greater London Authority building (above left) came about after a controversial head-to-head with Alsop and Stormer, written off after some ill-chosen words from English Heritage's Sir Jocelyn Stevens. Other parliamentary buildings went to Rogers - the Welsh Assembly - and Enric Miralles - Scottish parliament. Foster's also came up with a curvaceous tower forSwiss Re (top right), the heavily criticised Wembley (above left) - again reworked - and completed its Reichstag scheme in Berlin (above right).
David Marks Julia Barfield Architects caught the imagination of Londoners with its £20 million British Airways London Eye, which may also prove lucrative since royalties will go to the practice.
The arb had a rethink, with a new logo and a proposed shake-up of its offices, and lost its registrar Andrew Finch.
Sir Colin Stansfield Smith published his long-awaited educational reviewfor the riba.
Zaha Hadid capped a good year by winning competition schemes in Rome and on the Holloway Road in London. The practice also worked on the imposing Mind Zone in the Dome.
Workers at Greenwich's Millennium Dome continued their mad scramble to get the 'Experience' finished on time.
Lord Rogers unveiled his task force report, sections of which may be included in next year's Urban White Paper.
One of the hits of the year was Alsop & Stormer's Peckham Library, surely a future award-winner. The practice also received great acclaim for its North Greenwich Jubilee Line Station, but appeared to blow its chances of winning the £20,000 Stirling Prizewhen Alsop refused to allow former partner John Lyall any credit for the station's design.
Tottenham Hotspur-loving Marco Goldschmied took the presidential reins at the riba, while therfac became cabe under Stuart Lipton.
Avery Associates completed its imax cinema near Waterloo, part of a general South Bank regeneration.
Bluewater promised a new retail experience, while Ian Ritchie's White City scheme also won permission.
Dixon Jones bdp celebrated completing the £214 million redevelopment of the Royal Opera House.The Queen attended the opening performance.
Future Systems pipped Benson and Forsyth's to win the riba's Stirling Prize. The Media Centre also won the bcia and Aluminium Imagination awards.
rip: Aldo van Eyck (left), Sir Hugh Casson (right), Christoph Bon, Colin Rowe, Sir Alex Gordon, John Brandon Jones, Walter Bor, Mike Austin- Smith, Ton Alberts, Ignazio Gardella, Michael Laird, Lucy Shearer.