AJ Small Projects

Celebrating 25 years

Now in its 25th year, the Architects' Journal Small Projects Award celebrates projects with a contract value of below £250,000 and give much-deserved recognition to lower-value schemes that are often a labour of love. 

We have proudly sponsored these awards for many years, supporting architects all over the country, who are working on projects that may not make the headlines, but do give a real indication of the design talent in Britain today. This year's winner is a visual treat - take a look at David Leech's project below.

Interested in taking part in the 2020 awards? We are accepting entries until Friday 17th January 2020, so there's still plenty of time to enter. You can find out how by visiting the AJ Small Project website here.

compilation of small project entries

AJ Small Projects Winner 2019 

The Conservatory Room

David Leech Architects, London.

The Conservatory Room is a 63m2 addition to a terraced house in Dublin, which cost £49,750 to build. The project brings the outside in using distinctive features, including marble tile flooring and columns protruding to hold the cross joist ceiling structure, which continues from the conservatory into the garden.

The jury praised its ’clever use of off-the-shelf elements’ and for expressing ’complex ideas in unexpected ways’. Take a look at a selection of the beautiful photographs from David Leech Architects' conservatory project in the gallery below. 

AJ Small Projects 2018 winner, Wrong House by Matheson Whiteley

Take a look around inside Matheson Whiteley’s £93,000 Hackney extension – the winner of AJ Small Projects 2018.

Three small projects

The AJ revisits three previous AJ Small Projects winners; Meredith Bowles, Laura Dewe Matthews and Kate Darby discuss the enduring appeal of small-scale architecture.