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The judges of the Annie Spink Award take into account letters of support from members of the profession making nominations.

Since Vesely has been shortlisted several times, some of these predate this round of judging.

'It is no coincidence that the list of practices in the recent AJ 40 Under 40 included an unusually high number of Vesely's ex-students: David Hills (DSDHA); Julian and Cari-Jane Hakes (Hakes Associates); Patrick Lynch (Lynch Architects); Pippa Nissen (Nissen Adams); Adam Richards; and Stephen Witherford and William Mann (Witherford Watson Mann Architects)' Phil Meadowcroft, Meadowcroft Griffin Architects, 2006 'I have not met anyone in the field of architectural education who equals Vesely as a knowledgeable, ever-thoughtful, and (most importantly) caring mentor' Karsten Harries, professor of philosophy, Yale University, 2006 'This is without doubt one of the most seminal and ethical educators on the British architectural tradition over the past two decades and as such he is long overdue for proper recognition by the RIBA' Kenneth Frampton, Ware Professor of Architecture, 2006 'Vesely has not only inspired generations of students, he has inspired the teachers. Indeed there are many excellent teachers out there that have no idea that many of the values they hold, the ways in which they teach, owe a debt to him. Vesely has become part of the culture of architectural education, a culture that has been immeasurably enriched in the process' Helen Mallinson, department of architecture and spatial design, London Metropolitan University, 2006 'His formidable, original and lovable intellect has been devoted for more than 30 years to the expansion and owering of architectural understanding. Not in books, not in buildings, not in remote official committees, but in the hardest and most inventive graft of all - the installation of awareness and inspiration by word of mouth.

Vesely has given his wealth in the place where it matters more than anywhere: teaching, and the transformation of a new generation' Katherine Shonfield, 2000

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