BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER: Lifschutz Davidson's Hungerford Bridge design won the competition but Westminster City Council tried to drop it from the project. A storm of protest and a combined initiative by various professions (led by David Rock) resulted in the council staying with the winning team
TYNE FOR DESIGN: it was Chris Wilkinson's year - his competition- winning Tyne Bridge won lottery funding (as did the adjacent Baltic Flour Mills scheme by Ellis Williams). Wilkinson's Stratford Market Depot, right, won almost every award for which it was submitted including the FT Building of the Year
ROCK AT THE RIBA: David Rock took over as riba president to general acclaim - and promptly delivered the longest inaugral address in living memory. Otherwise a highly successful first six months
LOITERING WITHIN TENT: Labour backed the Rogers Millennium Dome and has been taking the political flak ever since. But the Mandelson monument is well under way - even if we don't know what's going inside it.
PRIVATE FUNCTION: the Building Research Establishment launched its new green building - and entered a new era as a fully fledged privatised institution
DESIGN SUPREMO: Mark Fisher took over responsibility for architecture as a culture minister - and promised more quality
CELEBRATING IN STYLE: the Architectural Association pushed the boat out with a wave of events to mark its 150th anniversary
BUSINESS AS USUAL: the House of Windsor unveiled the restored post- fire Windsor Castle - symbol of stability in an uncertain royal year