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RIBA should remember the 'British'in its name

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The RIBA does it again with the announcement of the Stirling Prize shortlist. Seven buildings - four in London. Seven practices - seven in London. No scheme from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland worthy of inclusion, even in a long shortlist.

To add ignominy to the insult of the judges not bothering to venture north of Liverpool, we are presented with the mindnumbing contradictions implicit in the inclusion of a building costing almost £3,000/m 2, at the expense of the National Wildflower Centre on the grounds of 'build quality'.

Any architect in Scotland would be delirious at the prospect of producing excellence on a construction budget of half that amount.

If the RIBA is serious in its desire for a partnership which will meet the needs of architects working within the UK, but in separate countries, it really must do more than pay lip service to inclusivity, by not only reinforcing the British in the title but occasionally lifting eyes toward the horizon.

Gordon Murray, Glasgow

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