AJ Small Projects

AJ Small Projects 2023

Celebrating the brilliance of smaller projects

Now in the 28th year, the Architects' Journal Small Projects Award celebrates projects with a contract value of £350,000 and under to give much-deserved recognition to lower-value schemes that are often a labour of love. 

2023 shortlist

This year there were more than 170 entries which have been whittled down to a shortlist of 20. The shortlist was announced and published in the special edition of Architect's Journal. The shortlisted entries for AJ Small Projects could be viewed at a month-long exhibition that opened at 6.30 pm on Wednesday, 3rd May. The exhibition was held at Morris + Company, 215 Mare Street, London, E8 3QJ.

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Collage of the AJ Small Projects Awards 2023

2023's Winners

Award Winner: Adelaide Street by OGU Architects and MMAS (top left)

Sustainability Prize 1: Black Barn Studios by Charlie Luxton Design (bottom right)

Sustainability Prize 2: The Boathouse by Ashworth Parkes Architects (top right)

People's Choice Winner: Bogor Musholla by CAUKIN studio (bottom left)

AJ Small Projects Sustainability webinar

Watch the AJ Small Projects Sustainability webinar, chaired by AJ sustainability editor Hattie Hartman, where the panel discuss the importance of environmental and social sustainability in the success of projects on smaller budgets.

Including the 2022 Sustainability Prize-winner, Darren Bray of Studio BAD, talking about the studio’s St Margaret’s Church community hub project and Summer Islam and Daria Moatazed-Keivani of non-for-profit organisation Material Cultures, who talked about their use of experimental materials on Block House in Somerset, which was also shortlisted for the award.

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Interested in finding out more about last year's winners?

We spoke to Darren Bray, founder of Studio BAD, about what social sustainability means to him, the principles at play in the Saint Margaret's Church project and what winning the 2022 AJ Social Sustainability Prize has meant for them.

Marley also caught up with Louis Jobst and Ross Keenan, practice directors at Akin Studio about winning the 2022 AJ Small Projects Award with their hidden project - Drover's Bough.

The AJ Small Projects Award 2022 winners

2022 AJ Small Projects Winner | Akin Studio with Drover's Bough, Gwyrlodydd Farm in Herefordshire

2022 AJ Small Projects Sustainability Winner | Studio BAD with St. Margaret's Community Church, Southsea in Hampshire

2022 AJ Small Projects People's Choice Winner | Unknown Works with Brightbox, Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement in Uganda

Take a look at the winners below.

AJ Small Projects Winner 2022 - Akin Studio Drover's Bough

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2023 shortlist