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You’ve less than a week to enter AJ Small Projects. Don’t miss your chance

It’s your last chance to enter the AJ Small Projects Awards this week, celebrating architectural design delivered on a budget of £250,000 or less

The extended - and final - deadline is Monday 26 November, and projects completed between 1 January 2011 and 1 November 2012, are eligible.

If you’re one of the lucky 24 to be shortlisted, you’ll be published in the AJ, exhibited at the NLA in Store Street, London, and be invited to present your work in front of our top-flight judging panel in a crit on Wednesday 30 January 2013. This year’s jury includes architecture client Martyn Evans, marketing and creative director of developer Cathedral Group, which commissions everything from pop-up cafés to residential towers; Stirling Prize-winning architect Alison Brooks of ABA, who is a member of the RIBA Awards Group and has said she refers small jobs to emerging practices; John Boxall, director of quantity surveyor Jackson Coles, who has worked with everyone from Eric Parry to Studio Weave; a representative from our sponsors, Paul Reed, sales and marketing director of Marley Eternit; and Hattie Hartman, sustainability editor of the AJ, with me as chair.

Immediately following the crit, the jury will make its deliberations, then we’ll announce the winners at a drinks party to follow where we’ll award £2,500 in prizes. Everyone who enters AJ Small Projects is invited to the NLA to celebrate the opening of the exhibition. In fact, there’s a lot of benefit to entering these awards even if you’re not shortlisted.

Every project entered is viewed and critiqued by the AJ editors, which is good PR for your practice. Furthermore, your entry is included in the AJ Buildings Library, which in the lead-up to the shortlist announcement is featured in the magazine, on the website, in emails and tweeted to our 45,000 Twitter followers. It’s a great way to introduce your work to AJ subscribers and followers, which include hundreds of clients looking for new talent in the industry.

A tip for those planning to enter: commission great photography from an architectural photographer. They’ll sometimes give preferential rates to young architects or small practices. If you don’t know any good ones, you can flip through back issues of the AJ and read who is credited alongside the snaps you like best.

As for those lucky enough to present to our judging panel, practise your presentation with the slides until it’s a polished jewel. You’ll have just three minutes to make an impact and get a clear, single message across. Don’t waste too much time on context; get to the unique solution you’ve provided to a design problem. If you can’t sum up your project in a single sentence, practise until you can. Then practise a second sentence that explains why your project is special and worthy of an award.

Entry is via the AJ Buildings Library uploader. Email ajsmallprojects@emap.com for your unique login and visit TheAJ.co.uk/SmallProjects to download your entry form.

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