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RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist: the industry reacts

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This year’s Stirling Prize shortlist has received a mixed reaction from the profession

Maggie Mullan, Maggie Mullan Architects
‘At the risk of this sounding like provincial sour grapes is there really such a disparity between London and the rest of the country with regards to the highest standards of architectural achievement? I know London is a global city and hard to compete with in any context but are the RIBA’s terms of reference for the Stirling a little too narrow? It wouldn’t half give those toiling in wastelands something to aspire to. Congratulations to everyone on the shortlist by the way.‘

Stephen Proctor and Andrew Matthews, Proctor and Matthews
‘We are very disappointed that Abode at Great Kneighton did not make it onto the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist. More than any of the RIBA award-winning housing projects this year, Abode shows how design quality and volume housing can be reconciled at scale to create real neighbourhoods that address their context, 21st century living patterns, and housing demand. The RIBA had an opportunity to use the shortlist to send out that clear message, and flunked it.’

Laura Lee, Maggie’s chief executive
‘I’m delighted that Maggie’s Lanarkshire at the Elizabeth Montgomerie Building has been shortlisted for the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize especially as great design and architecture is so vital to the care and support we offer. The centre has been designed to create a calm and uplifting environment where we provide a much needed programme of support to strengthen they physical and emotional wellbeing of people with cancer and their family and friends. ‘The centre has been open for almost a year now and each day we see the benefits that design and architecture can have on health and wellbeing as well as the positive impact it has on those who visit the centre.’


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