The long list for the Stirling Prize has been announced. They are selected from the regional awards, but it is not clear on what criteria and by whom. There are twelve projects in London and none in Wales and only one in Northern Ireland. Does this reflect the realities of the profession – that worthwhile new architecture is concentrated in the metropolis – or does it reflect the prejudices of the judges who pay more attention to what is going on in London, but less so in Edinburgh and Cardiff ?
It’s a somewhat opaque process in spite of the prestige attached to the awards.