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Prize questions

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Interesting to review the various buildings to have won awards now that the prize season is more or less over. For the second year in a row, Edward Cullinan Architects won a British Construction Industry Award, this time the major projects category for the Cambridge Mathematics faculty. A fitting reward for a great piece of architecture and landscape - which could (and probably should) have made it to the Stirling Prize shortlist. Another Stirling shortlist near miss was the Maritime Museum at Plymouth by Long and Kentish - happily it won a high commendation in the BCIA building category.

This set of awards only makes such commendations where the winner has been given a real run for its money; this year's building category was particularly strong, with Eric Parry's offices and Herzog & de Meuron's dance centre also picking up commendations. The winner, Daniel Libeskind's Imperial War Museum North, was therefore truly impressive. Because there is no Libeskind office in the UK, the building was ineligible for RIBA/Stirling Prizes, a great shame. Meanwhile, congratulations to Sutherland Hussey, whose Tiree ferry shelter picked up the RIAS building of the year award, having been shortlisted for Stirling. All in all a vintage year, but 2004 is bound to be good too, with the Foster 'Gherkin' and Future Systems' Selfridges Birmingham already tipped as multiple winners.

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