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AJ Small Projects Awards jury announced

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Architects Takero Shimazaki and Kate Darby join Lendlease’s Jonathan Emery on the judging panel of this year’s AJ Small Projects awards

Shimazaki is director of t-sa, designer of the much-praised Leicester Print Workshop which won the 2016 RIBA East Midlands Small Project Award having cost just £420,000 to deliver.

Darby is principal of Kate Darby Architects and together with David Connor won last year’s award for their ’beautifully executed’ preservation and conversion of a 300-year-old listed cottage in Herefordshire, costing £160,000.

According to this year’s jury chair, the AJ’s architecture editor Rob Wilson, the ‘unpretentious’ scheme in Leominster ’highlighted the kind of architectural ingenuity and creativity on a budget that the awards are designed to recognise’.

As well as Wilson, the 2018 panel is completed by AJ sustainability editor Hattie Hartman and Emery, who is managing director property Europe at Lendlease.

This year’s awards are open for entry until Friday (2 February) with the shortlist expected to be announced in March. All the shortlisted practices will then present in front of the judging panel as part of the near-legendary Small Projects speed crit. 

The AJ Small Projects Awards is run once more in association with Marley Eternit, celebrating completed projects with a contract value of £250,000, giving much-deserved recognition to schemes with a smaller price-tag.

Since their launch in 1996, the intention of the awards has remained 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.’

All of the projects entered into the awards will be featured in the AJ Buildings Library with the 20 shortlisted projects published in a special edition of the AJ and showcased in an exhibition.

The winner will take home a cheque for £2,500.

See a selection of entries to AJ Small Projects 2018 in the AJ Buildings Library

How to enter AJ Small Projects

  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. NB Images should be high resolution and you must be able to give us third-party reproduction rights (for publication in the AJ, AJ Buildings Library and distribution to other publications to promote the awards)
  • 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 2016 and 31 December 2017
  • 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


2 February 2018

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