Which projects this year have stood out to you as doing more than simply catering for their clients? Time is running out to celebrate architecture made for the common good
Judges will be looking for a proactive, project-appropriate approach; architectural ingenuity and evidence of social, environmental and economic benefit to the wider community.
Denise Bennetts, co-founder, Bennetts Associates
Kathy MacEwen, planner and daughter of Malcolm and Anni MacEwen
Robyn Poulson, architect, BDP
Tom Surman and Percy Weston, Surman Weston, MacEwen Award 2021 winner for Hackney School of Food
Eleanor Young, acting editor RIBA Journal (chair)
To enter you will need:
- Project details and credits
- Client statement
- Outline of the beneficial impact of the scheme
- Images and drawings
1. Competition promoter
The competition is being run by the RIBA Journal.
No member or employee of the promoting body, the evaluation panel, or any partner, close associate or employee of them is eligible to compete or assist a competitor. Projects must have been broadly physically completed within two years of the entry date of 15 November 2021 and must not have been previously entered for the MacEwen Award.
3. Competition format
The competition will follow the single-phase format.
A winner and commended projects will be selected. They will be profiled in the RIBA Journal and on ribaj.com
Shortlisted and longlisted entries will also be published.
4. Declaration of authorship & acceptance of competition regulations
By entering entrants agree to abide by the competition conditions and the decision of the evaluation panel as final.
Please note the details stated on the form will be used as the credits in all publication and promotional activity so please ensure this is reflected accurately.
5. Evaluation panel
The evaluation panel will be announced shortly
In the event of an evaluation panel member being unable to continue to act through illness or any other cause, the RIBA reserves the right to appoint an alternative panel member.
6. Competition timetable
The anticipated programme, which may be subject to variation, is as follows:
Friday 24 September 2021
Monday 15 November 2021 by 14.00 hrs
Evaluation of entries with panel and winners agreed
Friday 26 November 2021
Email notification to entrants
Tuesday 14 December 2021
Longlist announced on ribaj.com
Wednesday 15 December 2021
Shortlist announced on ribaj.com
Mid January 2022
Result announced in RIBA Journal and on ribaj.com
Early February 2022
Submissions shall be excluded from the competition:
- If received after the latest time stated under submission method;
- If, in the opinion of the Evaluation Panel, it does not fulfil the requirements of the competition brief;
- If any of the mandatory requirements of the competition brief and conditions are disregarded.
8. Submission requirements
Below are the elements to the submission:
Name, location, cost, area, and description of project
Client statement, maximum 100 words
Outline of the beneficial social impact of the scheme, maximum 400 words
Credit list of consultants
Six images and drawings of project
9. Submission method
Each design submission should be uploaded before 14.00 hours on Monday 15 November 2021.
Please note that the total upload should not exceed 30MB.
Late entries will not be accepted and the digital entry system will not permit uploads after the deadline. You are strongly advised to allow adequate time for your submission material to successfully upload.
10. Evaluation criteria
- A proactive, project-appropriate approach
- Architectural ingenuity
- Evidence of social, environmental and economic benefit to the wider community
11. Notification of result / publication and publicity
The competition results will be published after all entrants have been notified.
Entrants should note that by entering the competition they are expected to honour the request for confidentiality to prevent information of the shortlist or the winning team being leaked before any official announcement is made.
The RIBA reserve the right to publicise the competition, any design submission, and the result in any promotional activity, including all social media channels, as they consider fit.
You grant to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) permission to reproduce the material supplied in all formats, in all media and all platforms in perpetuity, in whole or in part – either separately, or together with other designs, with or without explanatory text without payment.
Authors will be credited and recognised in all associated media and publicity. This information will be taken from the file names of entered images so please ensure the details are accurate.
All enquiries relating to the competition should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of the evaluation panel should not be contacted for information as this may lead to disqualification from the competition.