1996 Salford University Centenary Building - Hodder Associates The first Stirling Prize was scooped by Stephen Hodder, then 40 and the head of a young practice trying to establish itself. The project was judged a 'dynamic, modern, and sophisticated exercise in steel, glass and concrete'. It has a wide studio and lecture space with indirect daylighting; breaking the internal street with galleries and bridges. Subsequent buildings include a swimming pool in Darlaston, West Midlands, and a footbridge in Manchester.
1997 Stuttgart Music School - Michael Wilford & Partners The Music School was the last building Michael Wilford's former partner James Stirling worked on before his death in 1992 - so the school was a fitting choice to win the second ever Stirling Prize.
The 'classically inspired work of great power and subtlety' was judged to be comparable with the work of the inter-war Scandinavian master Gunnar Asplund. Wilford schemes since have included the British Embassy in Berlin, which was a finalist for this year's Stirling Prize.
1998 Duxford Air Museum - Foster and Partners Then RIBA president David Rock said the award to the scheme - handed out by then DTI chief Peter Mandelson - was for its 'beautiful simplicity belying its complexity.' Judges commended the 'big clear-span hangar of a building, beautifully integrated into its flat landscape'. The project was assisted by Heritage Lottery money. Since the award, completed Foster projects are almost too many to mention but include the Great Court of the British Museum, National Botanic Garden of Wales and the Millennium Bridge in London.
1999 - Lord's Media Centre - Future Systems Future Systems beat a strong list including the Museum of Scotland by Benson and Forsyth. The 'quite extraordinary' 'instant icon'Media Centre building for client of the year the Marylebone Cricket Club gives journalists an excellent view of the game. The aluminium building won partly because it demonstrates the use of off-site construction and of technologies from outside the industry - specifically the boatbuilding craft. The practice's other projects include schemes for retailers Marni and Comme des Garcons, while to come is the £40 million Selfridges store the practice is designing for Birmingham's BullRing development.
2000 - Peckham Library - Alsop Architects The 'innovative, colourful and humorous' library and media centre in south London bagged the Millennium Stirling Prize, with Alsop himself memorably proclaiming 'Fuck the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea' at the televised bash. Alsop said his home borough was the antithesis of Southwark, where he built the winning scheme. Earlier this year, Alsop lost out to Hudson Featherstone on a bid to build a mixeduse scheme next to his library. Alsop has become chairman of the Architecture Foundation and projects include a £1.6 billion 20ha masterplan for redevelopment around Rotterdam Central Railway Station.