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Record number of RIBA winners

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The RIBA awards for 2002, announced this week, included a record-breaking number of accolades, with 54 practices picking up gongs for 58 buildings around the country. The awards, which recognise the best buildings completed this year, were announced on Tuesday night. The list of winners forms the long list for this year's Stirling Prize.

Ahead in numbers were Munkenbeck + Marshall and Feilden Clegg Bradley, both collecting three awards.

Richard Murphy Architects scored twice, with its basement flat, Moray Place, Edinburgh, and the Stirling Tolbooth in Stirling. Also taking two awards were Niall McLaughlin Architects, Shed KM, Sheppard Robson and Building Design Partnership.

Other schemes recognised include Richard Rogers Partnership's Lloyd's Register of Shipping, London; John McAslan's Royal Academy of Music; and Jeremy Dixon.Edward Jones' Said Business School at the University of Oxford.

Wilkinson Eyre Architects' received the highest praise for its £17 million Gateshead Millennium Bridge, described by the judges as 'outstanding'.

The bridge was the only scheme to win an award in RIBA's north region. And Burd Haward Marston Architects also gained recognition for The Brooke Coombes House, which won the Manser Medal for the best one-off house in Britain (AJ 9.5.02).

Foster and Partners went unrecognised this year after declining to enter a single project.

Its Great Court at the British Museum was plagued with bad press over the 'wrong stone' affair, while the reputation of the Millennium Bridge has been marred by its 'wobble' (AJ 28.3.02) And other notable losers include the RIBA's own house architects Allies and Morrison, which failed to make it through with its landscaping scheme at Tate Britain. The other practice involved with the development, John Miller and Partners, took a gong for its £22 million gallery refurbishment.

Alford Hall Monaghan Morris' Monsoon building also failed to pick up an award. And Brady + Mallalieu Architects lost out with its residential scheme, 21a Kings Road.

Other snubbed projects included the Clissold Leisure Centre in London's Hackney by Stephen Hodder - the first ever winner of the Stirling Prize - and the well-received Women's Library in east London by Wright and Wright Architects, which is currently renovating the V&A as part of the RIBA's Architecture for All project. East Midlands was also a loser - not a single scheme in the region was cited.

The Red House by Tony Fretton Architect and the Straw Bale House by Sarah Wigglesworth were both passed up as being incomplete at the time of judging. Both can be resubmitted next year.

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