The US state Department has announced the contenders to build the new US embassy in London.

Among the contenders for the prize is architect and Pritzker prize winner Richard Meier, in line for his first British commission. Meier is among 37 competition entrants, which was launched in October last year.

The shortlisted firms are Morphosis Architects, Gwathmey Siegel & Associates, Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood, KieranTimberlake, Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects, PEI Cobb Freed & Partners, Perkins + Will, and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

The new US embassy is to be built south of the river Thames to replace the existing building on Grosvenor Square, which was designed by Fero Saarinen in 1955. The building is up for possible Grade II listing.

The shortlisted firms will present to a panel of judges comprising British and American architects, diplomats and academics. Following this, up to five firms will be invited to submit formal designs for the final.

By staff writer