Call For Submissions: The AJ Specification Awards

Introducing the new AJ Specification Awards

When great products meet great design...

The Architects’ Journal’s new AJ Specification Awards celebrates successful collaborations between suppliers, manufacturers, and architects.

The awards celebrate how exceptional working relationships between architects and suppliers and manufacturers lead to successful projects, showcasing standout examples of the creative use of products and materials in making great buildings.

Be it to find solutions to particular design challenge, or simply to bring joy to a project, the intelligent integration of products into the design process – from the taps in a bathroom to the finishes on a façade – is an aspect of architecture that the AJ has long championed.

The awards are open to all suppliers, manufacturers, and architects who have worked together on a UK-based project, regardless of scale or size, completed between March 2017 and September 2018. You can find all entry details and criteria here.

The awards cover 18 categories including Foundations and Structure, Roofing and Drainage, Façades and Cladding, Fit Out and Interiors and Kitchens.

Entry Rules

  • Projects must have been completed within the time period March 2017 – September 2018
  • These awards are open for case studies relating to UK based projects only.
  • Entrants are eligible from product and material suppliers, manufacturers, architects, clients and developers.
  • In addition to new builds, projects can be either internal or external adaptations/ upgrades to existing buildings
  • Products and materials featured in the entry must meet current UK regulations and legislation, and neither the product or supplier be subject to any pending or current legal action.
  • Any project examples within the entry must be entered with the permission of the architect and client.

Who Can Enter

  • Any architectural material or product supplier, manufacturer or an architect who can demonstrate how they have collaborated successfully to meet a design challenge, and or enhanced the project to meet or exceed the brief.
  • All entries should include examples/case study of how the supplier/manufacturer worked together and the outcome.

What the Judges Will Be Looking For

  • Evidence of how the supplier/manufacturer and architect worked successfully together on a project.
  • A case study demonstrating the design challenge on a project, and how effectively the product/material was used to meet or exceed the brief.
  • Examples of how a positive outcome was driven by the supplier/architect collaboration. If the client or other parties (e.g. client/developer/consultant) were also involved, please include this.

Entry Fee

  • Standard: £499+VAT
  • Multiple entry 20% discount on subsequent entries

Entry Deadline: 5 October 2018 - Start your entry today

Why enter the AJ Specification Awards?

Suppliers and manufacturers

  • Suppliers and manufacturers are often overlooked when a great project wins a design award. This is your opportunity to gain recognition for the part your organization played in a project.
  • Show the market that you're “more than just a product supplier” by demonstrating your understanding of the challenges architects face and how you’ve collaborated with them to create great design outcomes.
  • Being shortlisted or winning demonstrates excellence in your field and provides an opportunity to promote this to your existing and potential new customers. All shortlisted case studies will be promoted to the AJ audience (65% of AJ subscribers who work in architectural practices are involved in budget making decisions and have an average annual purchasing budget of £790k).
  • All finalists will be featured in the November print issue of AJ Specification, which will also be published online and via the daily newsletter (The AJ has an overall readership of 33,400+, the AJ website is visited by 1.6 million users per year and the AJ daily newsletters is sent out to 72,000+ recipients).
  • Winners will be announced in an Awards lunch in February 2019 and appear in February issue of AJ Specification with the winning case-studies featured


  • Demonstrate innovation in specifying key products and materials and working with suppliers to meet challenging design briefs.
  • Being shortlisted or winning shows how well you collaborated with a product and material supplier/manufacturer to create a successful project.
  • All finalists will be announced in November issue of AJ Specification, published online and via email.
  • Winners will be announced in an Awards lunch in February 2019 and appear in February issue of AJ Specification with the winning case-studies featured


  • Bathrooms
  • Brick & Stone
  • Colour & Finishes
  • Doors & Windows
  • Façade & Cladding
  • Fit-out & Interior
  • Flooring
  • Foundations & Structure
  • Kitchens
  • Landscaping
  • Lighting
  • M&E
  • Natural Materials
  • Offsite
  • Recycled, Re-Used & Green Materials
  • Roofing & Drainage
  • Stairs & Lifts
  • Technology

To find out more, visit

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Cite: "Call For Submissions: The AJ Specification Awards" 19 Sep 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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