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AJ documentary: ‘The Stirling Prize has been a great thing for the profession’

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Watch our exclusive documentary on the UK’s biggest architecture prize, featuring interviews with Richard Rogers, Simon Allford, and Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey

The RIBA Stirling Prize at 21 is a 30-minute feature about the history of the prize. The film revisits previous winning buildings to see how they look now, and features exclusive interviews with prominent architects.

Projects profiled include O’Donnell + Tuomey’s LSE Student Centre, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ West London Maggie’s Centre, Herzog & de Meuron’s Laban Centre, OMA’s Gartnavel Maggie’s and Zaha Hadid Architects’ Evelyn Grace Academy.

Our interviewees discuss the importance of the prize in relation to other accolades in architecture and what it has meant for their practices in particular. ‘The Stirling Prize has been a great thing for the profession,’ says Ivan Harbour of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, which won in 2009 for its Maggie’s Centre in west London.

Maggie’s chief executive Laura Lee reveals what the prize means to clients while Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey – who have been shortlisted for the prize five times – give their tips for the losers. 

The documentary – the AJ’s first – also reveals which project has been chosen as our alternative judging panel’s Stirling winner this year.

But will the AJ’s winner be the same as the RIBA jury’s? We’ll have to wait until tonight when the official announcement is made at 66 Portland Place to find out. 


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