Architecture competition: Housing for a better world

Architecture competition: Housing for a better world

We are pleased to announce that we have launched a design competition in partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

Prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, which has brought many issues across UK society into sharper focus, from the climate emergency to widespread inequality, the design competition is focused on creating housing for a better world.

During lockdown, our homes have become increasingly central to our daily lives. This competition is seeking bold and thought-provoking ideas for how our homes can improve the urgent issues of health, sustainability and an inequality for residents and wider communities.

Brick By Brick is partnering with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to find practices with diverse talent, bring forward positive change within the architectural profession and better reflect the diversity of the neighbourhoods in which they work.

Entrants will need to demonstrate their commitment to diversity through existing staff or planned action as part of the competition process. Croydon is one of the most diverse boroughs in London and the winning practice will need to field a diverse team and show how they can respond to local issues and concerns to best meet the needs of the local community.

The winning practice will be commissioned to design one of the schemes on Brick By Brick’s next small sites programme, which is due to start in the autumn.

The competition is being split into two stages. First, practices will be invited to write a short expression of interest. Shortlisted practices will then be invited to develop their proposals and present them to the judges.

The Architecture Foundation is supporting the competition and shortlisted practices will present their ideas at a live digital event as part of their 100 Day Studio programme on 24 August.

The judging panel, which comprises a diverse range of architectural and community representatives, will watch the live presentations and then meet virtually to decide the winner.

The full list of judges is as follows:

  • Colm Lacey, CEO, Brick By Brick
  • Chloë Phelps, Head of Design & Commercial, Brick By Brick / Common Ground Architecture
  • Anisha Jogani, Placemaking Team Leader, Croydon Council
  • Pragga Saha, alumni, Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
  • Betty Owoo, Architecture Foundation Young Trustee
  • Yemi Aladerun, Islington & Shoreditch HA, Architects Benevolent Society, RIBA Council Member
  • Croydon community representative TBC