English Heritage has included the centre in Birmingham among the 30 best schemes in its book Shared Interest.
The £500m Bullring, which was completed in 2003, is described as being part of Birmingham's "famous architectural rebirth" in the past two decades.
English Heritage said the Selfridges building was "brashly exciting" and St Martin's Church was better presented.
The translation for the above statement is, "This hideous building is a blight on any neighborhood, especially this neighborhood, but we at English Heritage, being on the public dole, can do what we damned well please when we destroy your neighborhood with your money and our total lack of taste, history and remorse. Tata, you bloody wankers."