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Why we gave the Jane Drew Prize to Kathryn Findlay

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Eva Jiřičná, Martha Thorne and AJ editor Christine Murray on why the Women in Architecture jury awarded its top prize to Kathryn Findlay

Kathryn Findlay was revealed as winner of the 2014 Jane Drew Prize, just hours after news broke that she had died.

Describing Findlay as one of the ‘most impressive talents in British architecture’, awards judge and last year’s winner of the Jane Drew Prize Eva Jiřičná said: ‘We are all extremely thankful for her life and for her achievements.

‘I would have hoped that she could pick up the award in person. Hopefully everyone will agree that it was not the wrong decision to give it to her because she really meant a lot to British and world architecture and she will not be forgotten.’

Awarded to the person who has made the greatest contribution to the status and profile of women in architecture, previous winners of the Jane Drew Prize include Zaha Hadid and Eva Jiřičná.

Findlay’s daughter Miya Ushida will collect the award on behalf of her late mother at the Women in Architecture luncheon on 7 February.

Kathryn Findlay’s funeral

Time 10.15am, Saturday 25 January 2014
Place The Chapel at Caroline Gardens, Asylum, Asylum Road, London, SE15 2SQ

Instead of flowers, Kathryn Findlay’s family has asked for donations to be made to charity Scene and Heard. The mentoring project partners the children of Somers Town, Camden with professional theatre artists.  Donations can be made in her memory to the Scene and Heard Kathryn Findlay Future Fund, Theatro Technis, 26 Crowndale Road, London, NW1 1TT, 0845 009 0775, www.sceneandheard.org

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