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AJ and Corus to promote emerging UK talent

The Architects' Journal and Corus have announced that they are set to revive an event designed to celebrate the best of young architectural talent.

AJ/ Corus 40 under 40 will aim to bring a higher profile to the work of 40 young architects currently working in the UK.

The awards event - which will run every two years - will be open to both salaried architects and those with their own practice.

Young architects will be invited to submit examples of work for assessment by a distinguished panel of leading UK architects and prominent figures from the development and design world.

Previous winners have included Rab and Denise Bennetts, John McAslan, Ian Simpson, David Chipperfield, Robert Adam, Bob Allies, Graham Morrison, Will Alsop and Amanda Levete.

The winning entrants will have their work displayed at a special exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum during Architecture Week in June, before it travels to venues around the country. The 40 chosen architects will also appear in a special AJ publication, which will be distributed in the magazine and at 40 under 40 events throughout the next 18 months, as well as at high-profile industry functions.

The judging panel will comprise: AJ editor Isabel Allen; television presenter Kevin McCoud; developer Crispin Kelly; and architects Amanda Levete of Future Systems; Chris Wilkinson of Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Matthew Teague of Corus; and Will Alsop of Alsop and Partners.

AJ publishing director Jonathan Stock said he was excited about the opportunity to establish the 40 under 40 awards. 'This is a great idea, and we are delighted to be working with Corus, a company which has consistently sought to encourage young architects from student days onwards, ' he said.

'We think the 40 under 40 event is a high-profile way in which the AJ can support architects with their own practices, or those working within firms, providing a platform for them to showcase their talents and contributions to UK architecture, ' Stock added.

Colin Ostler, general manager, Corus Construction Centre, said: 'We at Corus are delighted to be sponsoring AJ/Corus 40 under 40 and lending support to the encouragement of leading new architects. These awards will help to highlight new talent and creative thinking which will take the industry forward, championing those who are finding new solutions and responses to the challenges of material and form. We are looking forward to some exciting entries and stimulating ideas.' See next week's AJ for an entry form.

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