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Stirling Prize-winner: ‘Small Projects help put your practice on the map’

Stirling Prize-winner Chris Wilkinson and dRMM’s Sadie Morgan gave their insight into practice at last night’s AJ Small Projects launch

Offering advice on the importance of small projects, Wilkinson Eyre founder Chris Wilkinson said ‘you can make your name on even the smallest projects’.

Wilkinson won the Small Projects Award back in 1997 for the Prince’s Club Ski Tow Pavilion, which he said was ‘part of a bigger project which never happened’.

The double Stirling Prize-winner added the importance of getting projects into the public eye. ‘It is never enough to just do the design. You have to let people know about it’, he said.

‘Awards help a lot with this. As an architect you think that everyone knows about your project, but unless they have seen it in a magazine or in the news, then they don’t.’

He added that architects should not ‘play it safe’ when entering awards.

dRMM director Sadie Morgan stressed that when building small projects you need to capture the imagination of both the public and the client, citing the practice’s Sliding House as an example of where this had worked for them.

She added: ‘The importance of small projects cannot be under-estimated’.

Morgan said small projects allow you to experiment and learn your trade, and can give way to larger opportunities.

The AJ Small Projects competition closes for entries on the 29 November.

How to enter

Projects should have a total contract value of less than £250,000 and have been completed between 1 January 2012 and 29 November 2013.

You will need to submit 150 words describing your project, along with at least eight photographs, five drawings and one working detail. Entry costs £60 + VAT. All entries must be made digitally via the AJBL. Email Tom Ravenscroft at for a unique AJBL login.

DEADLINE: 29 November 2013

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