This year’s Stirling Prize shortlist has less of a heavyweight flavour about it – and is all the better for it, says Hugh Pearman
In recent years, the shortlist for the Stirling Prize has attracted accusations of being a bit of a club for well-known established architects. So it’s refreshing that this year is the first time on the shortlist for five out of the six practices represented. Half of them are led by women – the first time the proportion has been so high – and two of these are based in Ireland. While by no mean new kids on the block, these are generally smaller practices who represent a diversity of approaches.