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Foster joins AJ Women in Architecture Awards jury

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Norman Foster has been announced as one of the judges of this year’s AJ Women in Architecture Awards

Britain’s most admired architect, who founded Foster + Partners in 1967, employs more than 1,100 staff, including 300 architects, of which 24 per cent are women.

Foster said: ‘I am delighted to join such an eminent group on the jury for this very important award and hugely look forward to reviewing the work and achievements of some of our top women architects.’

Also new to this year’s judging panel are Patty Hopkins, co-founder of Hopkins Architects, John McAslan, founder of John McAslan + Partners, and Daisy Froud, who was shortlisted in last year’s Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award.

They are joined on the panel by previous judges Eva Jiřičná, Laura Lee, Martha Thorne, Doreen Lawrence, Moira Gemmill, Collette O’Shea, Anna Keay, Claire Bennie, and Peter Rees.

The awards, which celebrate women working across the profession, recognise excellence in design and thought leadership while promoting role models for aspiring architects and young women in practice.

This year the AJ has introduced a new award – the Ada Huxtable Award, named after the famous architecture critic, to recognise those who are not architects but have made a significant contribution to architecture and the built environment.

The AJ is asking for new award nominations for this and the Jane Drew Prize, which recognises a woman architect for her outstanding contribution to the status of women in architecture.

The deadline has been extended to 8 December.

The winners will be announced at the AJ Women in Architecture Luncheon to be held at Claridge’s on 27 February 2015.

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