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147 projects by 124 different practices: The AJ in 2011

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We published dozens of projects this year - did you send us yours, asks Christine Murray

I have felt very privileged to serve as your editor this year, a position that has made me welcome in your offices and at events. Privileged, also, to have visited many of your buildings. Over the year, we published case studies of 147 of them by 124 different practices in the pages of the AJ and AJ Specification, not to mention the thousands of buildings covered on our news pages and online.

The AJ Index, enclosed with this week’s magazine if you subscribe, allows you to dissect our coverage. If you count them up, you’ll find the practices with the most buildings published were indeed starchitects David Chipperfield, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Zaha Hadid, but also smaller practices Duggan Morris and Mitchell Taylor Workshop.

I’m pleased to report that 60 per cent of the buildings we featured were not in London, the same proportion as last year, proving we are consistently un-London-centric. However, given the economic focus on London over the past 12 months, it will be interesting to see whether we can maintain a decent geographic spread next year.

As for the regional breakdown, 10 per cent of projects covered were in Scotland, while seven per cent of buildings were overseas, with two in the US and one in Qatar. We covered two projects in Northern Ireland and two in Wales, but none were by local architects, which is why I encouraged attendees of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales conference in Cardiff last week to submit projects, and I extend the invitation to architects in Northern Ireland as well.

As for sectors, this year we published 45 residential projects including houses and house extensions, 25 projects in education, 11 offices, 10 galleries, six museums, six performance spaces, five sports facilities, plus three handsome civic HQs (Hawkins\Brown’s Corby Cube, Reiach and Hall’s Dundee House and Robin Lee’s Wexford County Council building) and one cleverly retrofitted nursery, Auden Place by Square Feet Architects.

For those of you who like to study the drawings on our pages, we published 101 architectural details, including 37 facades, 14 windows, 13 roofs and 12 stairs, but just one thermal chimney (Glenn Howells at The Triangle).

Overseas outposts of British practices are encouraged to send over work as it goes in for planning, starts on site or completes. We’ve already increased our international coverage in news, and were the first magazine to reveal rumblings in the residential market in China and news of Austin-Smith:Lord’s ongoing fee dispute in Abu Dhabi. We want to run more studies of buildings abroad too.

You can count on the AJ’s support over the coming year. After all, our fortunes are, as they always have been, married together. And with an editorial team that includes two qualified architects, one Part 2 graduate, an architectural historian (not to mention that two of us are married to architects, while another is engaged to a Part 2), we are part of the profession too. Happy new year – the next AJ magazine is published on 12 January.

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