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RIBA reveals 2014 Stephen Lawrence prize shortlist

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Denizen Works’ Manser Medal-shortlisted house on Tiree has been named among the six projects vying for this year’s Stephen Lawrence Prize

The six strong shortlist, which celebrates buildings completed on a construction budget of less than £1million, includes vPPR’s Ott’s Yard housing, a floating egg-shaped artist residence by PAD Studio, and a jewellery studio and shop by DSDHA.

Other projects in the running for the prize include 6a Architects’ house for architecture critic Rowan Moore and the AJ Small Projects Sustainability Award-winning Royal William Yard Staircase in Plymouth by Gillespie Yunnie.

The prize, set up in memory of the teenager who was setting out on the road to becoming an architect when he was murdered in 1993, is intended to encourage fresh talent working with smaller budgets.

Stephen Lawrence Prize founder Marco Goldschmied, said: ‘The standard and range of projects eligible for shortlisting in 2014 was higher than ever and is proof of the very high standard of (mostly young) practices undertaking commissions under £1million. The UK’s dysfunctional planning system gets no better with the passing of time. It is testament to the ingenuity and persistence of the profession that planning permission for original designs in urban and sensitive rural sites is still obtainable. The shortlisting jury this year included the last three year’s winners of the Stephen Lawrence Prize. After lengthy debate, we are delighted with the outcome. It is certain to produce an excellent winner.’

The judges for this year’s prize include Doreen Lawrence, Marco Goldschmied, 2013 Stephen Lawrence Prize winner Anthony Boulanger of AY Architects, and Joe Morris, director of Duggan Morris, which received the accolade in 2012.

The winner will be announced at the RIBA Stirling Prize ceremony on 16 October at the RIBA in London.

Last year the award was picked up by AY Architects for its £429,000 nursery in north London.

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