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AJ joins search for Manser Medal-winning new house

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The search is on to find the winner of this year's Manser Medal for a new house, this year run in association with The Architects' Journal.The award, which is sponsored by Planahome magazine and the RIBA, was won last year by Cezary Bednarski for a house in London. The award is intended to encourage excellence in house design.

The award criteria are that the house, on a single site in the British Isles, has been completed in the past three years; that it was designed for a private client or house-builder; and has been designed by a registered architect/RIBA or equivalent member.

The judges for the Manser Medal 2002 will be Michael Manser; RIBA president Paul Hyett; institute awards chief Tony Chapman; David Birkbeck, chief executive of Architects in Housing; Michael Hanson, editor of Planahome; Cezary Bednarski;

and Paul Finch, representing the AJ.

In last year's awards, there were four commendations in addition to the winner, which went to Edward Cullinan Architects; Graham Phillips of Foster and Partners; Robert Adam Architects; and Stan Bolt Architects.

The medal is named after former RIBA president Michael Manser, whose own one-off houses - generally unashamed Modernism - have proved enduring and popular.

Commenting on the AJ's involvement, publishing director Paul Finch said: 'One-off private houses have proved something of a Cinderella in terms of architectural recognition.We are delighted to be associated with an award which promotes excellence in this field.'

To obtain entry forms, with full details of the award, fax 01483 225223. Deadline for entries is Friday 22 March.

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