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Longlist announced for Mies Award

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Up-and-coming practice muf has been named among the finalists for this year's prestigious Mies van der Rohe Award

The London-based firm's Barking Town Square scheme is among several projects by British architects nominated for the 2009 European Union prize for contempory architecture.

In total, 20 UK-based practices have made a longlist which includes Brisac Gonzalez, Simon Conder Associates, Stephen Taylor Architects, Zaha Hadid, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and David Chipperfield Architects.

Simon Conder, nominated for the second time, expressed surprise at the number of UK practices included on the list. His firm has been nominated for its El Ray project in Kent, only 600m away and not dissimilar to the beach house project it was nominated for in 2005.

Edgar Gonzalez, director at Brisac Gonzalez, hopes it will be 'second time lucky' for him too – the practice was also nominated in 2005. 'We are extremely happy, it is such an honour,' said Gonzales, 'although with such competition I don't think we'll win.'

Of all the finalists, Chipperfield looks the most likely to scoop an award, having five separate schemes on the longlist. In total, 37 of the 340 projects on the longlist are built in the UK.

Stephen Taylor also expressed his pleasure at being included and hoped that the fact that many of the projects were houses 'is evidence of renewed interest in the stuff of ordinary cities as prompted by the Stirling Prize'.

The biennial prize was initiated in 1987 and the winner will receive 60,000 euros. A shortlist of five will be announced in April 2009 and the winner the following month.

Attached is a full list of the British projects/architects competing and selected images are presented as a Flickr slideshow. You can click on an image to see the next in the series or select pictures directly using the thumbnail images below.

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