Architects Building Design Partnership, Feilden Clegg Bradley and Munkenbeck + Marshall were the principal winners at the RIBA awards this week.
The practices scooped three gongs each as the RIBA dished out a record 58 awards at its annual conference in Birmingham. The winning firms will make up the longlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize.

  • BDP won awards for its Glasgow Science Centre, Hampden Gurney Church of England primary school in London and Fingal County Hall in Dublin.
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley won awards for projects in Doncaster, Sheffield and Bristol.
  • Munkenbeck + Marshall was recognised for projects in the Isle of Bute, Salisbury and London.
  • Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners picked up an award for its Frankfurt Messehall.

    Several speakers at the conference called for architects to re-establish their influence in the building industry.

    Sunand Prasad, a commissioner at architectural watchdog CABE, said: "Architects' claim to contribute to the leadership of the industry is becoming less and less credible because they have lost interest in the whole process. Architects should play an active part in the construction and manufacturing industries, involving process, techniques and industrial crafts."

    Vasilis Sgoutas, secretary-general of the 102,000-strong International Union of Architects, said the profession faced two important challenges: "We must extend our profession and find new outlets, and we must regain lost ground as leaders of multidisciplinary teams."