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Friday01 August 2014

No prize money for 2013 Stirling winners

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Witherford Watson Mann are first Stirling recipients to walk away with no cash

The winners of this year’s Stirling Prize did not receive the usual £20,000 cheque associated with the prize because the RIBA failed to find a sponsor.

Witherford Watson Mann, who triumphed at last night’s ceremony for the renovation of Astley Castle, beat off competition from Heneghan Peng, Alison Brooks Architects, Grafton Architects and a team including Studio Egret West and Hawkins Brown.

They are the first practice in the 18 year history of the prize not to get any cash.

“The shortlisted architects were not expecting a cash award,” said a spokeswoman for the RIBA. “We hope to be able to secure significant sponsorship for the Prize in future, which might include prize money.

“The prestige from winning the UK’s most important architecture prize, and the exposure through widespread national and regional media coverage, should be of great value to both the winning practice and client.”

In 2009 the RIBA came close to leaving the winner, in that case Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, empty handed until former RIBA president Marco Goldschmied stepped in and donated the £20,000 through the Marco Goldschmied Foundation.

The 2013 Stirling Prize ceremony was held at Central St Martin’s last night (September 26) and was hosted by architect and TV presenter George Clarke. Attendees were able to choose between £180 tickets for an auditorium seat or £120 for the live screening.

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  • Is the lack of a sponsor due to only having 10mins coverage on BBC News? Educating Yorkshire makes far better viewing for the masses.

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  • This was probably the last Stirling Prize.

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  • The appropriately named Harry Rich should cough up with some of the £170k RIBA paid him.

    Scandalous that RIBA pays these sort of wages to bureaucrats but won't reward outstanding achievement.

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  • SoupDragon- good point!

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  • Why does this award need to include a cash prize?

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  • Austin, it doesn't 'need' to, but why shouldn't it?

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  • Its great that, for a change, one of the younger generation of less established architects has won this prize. Well done WWM.
    Its therefore ironic that on the rare occasion that the winning practice could probably actually do with the cash, none is made available. The RIBA should cough up - they charge enough for entry into their awards and for attendance at the ceremony. Or perhaps one of the esteemed very established previous winners for whom the cash prize was a token gesture, might like to donate their winnings to WWM.

    SG

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