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AJ announces 2017 Small Projects Awards jury

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Winner of the 2008 prize Meredith Bowles of Mole Architects is set to judge this year’s AJ Small Projects Prize

The architect will be joined by head of architecture at the Royal Academy Kate Goodwin, John Boxall, partner at construction consultants Jackson Coles and AJ architecture editor Laura Mark. 

Bowles’ practice Mole Architects won the prize nine years ago for its £7,000 Japanese Tea House in Pricklow, Cambridgeshire.

All the shortlisted practices will present in front of the judging panel as part of the much-loved Small Projects speed crit. 

The awards are now open for entry with the deadline for entries the 20 January. A shortlist will be announced next month. 

The AJ Small Projects Awards, run in association with long-term partner Marley Eternit, celebrate completed projects with a contract value of £250,000 and under.

The awards were launched in 1996 to recognise schemes with a price tag of less than £150,000.Although the maximum budget has increased over the years, the intention of the awards remains the same: from home extensions to restaurants, offices to shops, architects all over the country are busy working on projects that may not make the headlines but nevertheless give a real indication of the design talent in Britain today.

Last year the sought-after prize was handed to three projects: a house extension in Harrogate by Doma Architects, a kinetic shelter by Bartlett student Charlie Redman, and a timber wildlife cabin in Bristol by Hugh Strange Architects.

All of the projects entered into the awards will be featured in the AJ Buildings Library with the 20 shortlisted projects published in the AJ and shown off in an exhibition.

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To see a selection of projects already submitted for the 2017 awards, click here

How to enter the AJ Small Projects Awards

1. Head to the AJ Small Projects Awards website, register and pay your entry fee.

2. An email will then be sent to you with log in details for the AJ Buildings Library. 

3. Upload your project to the AJ Buildings Library. You will need to provide: 

  • A 150-300 word text describing your project
  • At least eight photographs, five drawings and one working detail to illustrate your project. Images should be copyright free and high resolution.
  • Project details including name of practice, name of project, date of completion, total cost, gross internal floor area, client, structural engineer, services engineer, quantity surveyor, main contractor, and other subcontractors and suppliers


  • Entries must have been completed between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2016
  • All entries must have a maximum total contract value of £250,000
  • Projects must not have had significant coverage in the architectural press (if your project has been covered elsewhere, please declare where)
  • Projects must be located in the UK or built by a UK-based practice abroad
  • All entries will be displayed in the AJ Buildings Library

Deadline 20 January 2017

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