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Critics' reactions to Zaha Hadid's Stirling Prize win

Dezeen Wire:
here is a roundup of the critics' reactions to Zaha Hadid Architects scooping the RIBA Stirling Prize for the second consecutive year with their design for a school in south London

Writing in the Financial Times, Edwin Heathcote says that Hadid's victory is "surprising but somehow more wholesome" than her award last year for the MAXXI museum of modern art in Rome.

Rowan Moore of The Observer describes the project as "a school of extreme architectural ambition," while The Telegraph's Ellis Woodman says its aspirational approach to school architecture makes it a worthy winner.

In The Independent, Genevieve Roberts writes that the academy was a surprise winner from an architect "whose designs have struggled until now to gain acceptance in the UK," and Richard Waite of the Architects' Journal suggests that it may have been a surprise for the architect too, who didn't attend the ceremony on Saturday.

See all of our stories on Zaha Hadid here.


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