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All right on the night

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After a series of dramas and traumas, the award of the first Jane Drew Prize was, perhaps surprisingly, a successful and jolly evening event. Kathryn Gustafson was named in a scoop on the morning of the award by the Independent ('Prize farce at the gong show'). A long article detailed sometimes acrimonious and heated (but rarely full) meetings of the judging panel (Doris Saatchi, Eva Jiricna, Deyan Sudjic and James Lingwood of Artangel). A big split made the final choice difficult, and some favoured a compromise candidate who designed a Vienna kitchen in 1925. The awards dinner at the ica could have been a bitter occasion, but everyone seemed relaxed. fat turned up in force, Jane Priestman was philosophical and Martin Richman took the decision in good part. They were each helped by the award of a prize presented by Autodesk: kit worth £5000. Gustafson was gracious (she won £10,000).

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