Architect-cum-developer Roger Zogolovitch and architect Sally Lewis are set to judge this year’s Small Projects
All the shortlisted architects will present in front of the panel of judges which also includes Vicky Legrove of Jackson Coles who will be looking at how the schemes represent good value for money.
The AJ Small Projects Awards, run again in association with Marley Eternit, celebrate completed projects with a contract value of £250,000 and under.
The awards were launched in 1996 to give much-deserved recognition to the many high quality schemes with low pricetags.
Although the budget has increased from the original £150,000 cap, 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 award was picked up by Carmody Groarke for its temporary Maggie’s Centre in Merseyside, while RCKa’s Enfield Business Centre was honoured with the Sustainability Prize.
All of the projects entered into the awards will be featured in the AJ Buildings Library with the 24 shortlisted projects published in the AJ and shown off in an exhibition.
Speaking about judging the awards, Zogolovitch said: ‘The small project in architecture is always a cue for delight. These projects while needing to meet the needs of the client and have a softer and more adventurous way of being conceived and made.
‘Often we see the opportunity being driven forward by the architect to make, explore, invent and bring into being this treasure, gem and representation of an idea.
‘With Assemble winning the Turner prize the path of architecture as art has been established. The winner at WAF in 2015 was a small intervention to the Chinese ‘hutong’ home that unlocked and gave new future to this challenged generic housing form.
‘The challenge is out for the small but perfectly formed.’
The shortlist is set to be announced next month.