No prize money for 2013 Stirling winners
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.