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Last chance to enter AJ/Curtins Inspiring Graduate Prize

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Ambitious architecture graduates have until Friday to enter this year’s AJ/Curtins Inspiring Graduate Prize and potentially win £1,000 

The competition, which is in now its third year, is run in collaboration with engineering consultancy Curtins, and celebrates outstanding Part 2 or Part 3 architecture graduates.

Entrants should be able to demonstrate how they have helped take an architectural practice forward or demonstrated a good nose for business on an independent project.

The winner will receive a £1,000 bursary and a print profile in the AJ.

Last year, Charlotte Knight of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Jayne Rosen of Tony Meadows Associates were chosen as joint winners, sharing a £1,000 bursary. 

The competition is inspired by the ethos of Curtins’ late founder, Bill Curtin, who went on to found his engineering consultancy in 1960, despite having been expelled from school aged 14.

Curtin strongly strongly believed in the value that young people could bring to his business, employing both university graduates and young people from a youth centre in Toxteth, one of Liverpool’s most deprived areas.

Last month, in an interview with the AJ, executive director of Curtins’ Bristol office Paul Menzies said the winner should be able to ‘prove themselves to be a capable, independent thinker’.

He added that it was an ‘excellent endorsement on their CV, showing their skills and promoting themselves as potential future stars in the industry’. 

The deadline for entries to the 2017 AJ/Curtins Inspiring Graduate Prize is 1 September. 

How to enter

  • Shortlisted entries will be invited to present their projects on 9 October in the M by Montcalm Hotel in Shoreditch, east London
  • The overall winner will be announced on 3 November at the AJ100 Club breakfast in London (all shortlisted entries need to attend both days)
  • The deadline for entries is 1 September 2017
  • To enter, visit graduateprize.architectsjournal.co.uk

About Curtins

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Bill Curtin founded his engineering consultancy, WG Curtin & Partners (now Curtins), in 1960 from his bedroom in Liverpool.

The company offers a range of services including civil and structural engineering, transport planning, infrastructure, environmental engineering, conservation and heritage, geotechnical engineering and principal designer services.

The independently owned company now has 14 offices across the UK and Ireland. Its headquarters remain in Liverpool. 

Curtins was placed 17th in this year’s Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For, a rise of 17 places on the previous year.

The company’s biggest live project is the £300 million Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick, for which it is providing civil and structural engineering with TPS to the Trust and Carillion. Set to complete in 2018, the 669-bed hospital is being designed by HKS, Edward Williams and Sonnemann Toon Architects.

Curtins is currently working with more than half of the AJ100-listed architects.


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