While the British Library was an extremely large commission, a number of very small commissions were undertaken in parallel.

Since 1976, MJ Long has designed a number of purpose built artists' studios. One commission has succeeded another as a result of recommendations from one artist to another.

They are rather different from each other, although all are designed around the provision of working daylight in the studio. Most include renovation and restoration work as well as new construction, and a number required Listed building approval.

The clients were quite different individuals, but they had in common an intense interest in their working environment. The stimulation provided by that sort of client can be felt in the architecture which takes on some of the personality of the owners.