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The first Dewi-Prys Thomas Prize was awarded in 2003. Forty-one nominations were received with the following being announced at the tenth-anniversary conference of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW) in Cardiff on 21 November 2003:The great glass house nesled in the hill.

The Great Glasshouse, National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire
Architect: Foster and Partners  
Prize: silver medal and £2,000 (donated by Foster and Partners to the National Botanic Garden of Wales).



the great glassshouse interior, showing plants and underside of roof.


La Scala photograph.Commendations:
La Scala, The University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Artist: Mark Pimlott
Engineer: Nick Hanika.





La Scala photograph from the side.

Touchstone magazine front cover, issue eleven.Touchstone magazine
Editor: Patrick Hannay
The Royal Society of Architects in Wales


Baglan energy park, photograph at night.Short listed:
Low-energy factory, Baglan Energy Park, Neath Port Talbot
Architect: Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council in association with the Design Research Unit, Welsh School of Architecture.



Aerial photograph of Llanelli Millennium Coastal pathLlanelli Millennium Coastal Path public artworks, Carmarthenshire
Artists: Mick Petts, Richard Harris and Michael Fairfax.




Parc BachParc Bach, Llangadfan, Welshpool, Powys
Architect: Dominic Roberts.








Gwylfa Observatory photographGwylfa Observatory, Rhyl, Denbighshire
Designer: Sean Curley.










Fountain at the Secret Garden, Hafan Deg.Secret Garden, Hafan Deg residential home for older people, Lampeter, Carmarthenshire
Designer: Annemarie Schoene.









Rubber factory photograph.Brynmawr rubber factory photographs
Photographer: Kiran Ridley.






Judith Isherwood, Chief Executive, Wales Millennium Centre
Sunand Prasad, Principal, Penoyre & Prasad Architects
Professor C Malcolm Parry
Jonathan Vining.

Organised on behalf of the Dewi-Prys Thomas Trust by DCA (Cardiff) with financial assistance from Cardiff 2008 and DCA (Cardiff), and the support of the RSAW and the Design Commission for Wales.

Download the 2003 Dewi-Prys Thomas Prize brochure, which includes the judges’ report, here.