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Opportunities Hub: Bid for work that gets you noticed

Julie Butterworth

Want to collaborate on a public realm intervention, test an innovative inclusive design concept or work with a national museums organisation? These are the latest architectural contracts and competitions from across the industry

There are currently no open RIBA competitions. 

For updates on the latest competitions, contests and contracts follow us on twitter #ribajopportunites @RIBAJ. If you are looking for ideas competitions see RIBA Journal's annual drawing competition Eye Line and The Retreat ideas competition for a place to escape

Fusion Futures Project delivered in partnership with Culture Mile, City of London and Foundation for Future London.
Fusion Futures Project delivered in partnership with Culture Mile, City of London and Foundation for Future London. Credit: © Christian Cassiel / Culture Mile



‘Interventions and activations’ sought for streets and shared spaces of east London in London Festival of Architecture’s new competition

LFA is looking for a multidisciplinary team for its Co-designing Equity in the Public Realm contest. Proposals are invited for one or more ‘temporary small-scale intervention(s) and activations’ in designated areas of Smithfield and east London during spring/summer 2023. Artists, architects, designers, social enterprises and creative organisations are invited to develop and submit designs that explore ‘inclusive design, equity and public space as well as the involvement of young people in city making’. This is a two-stage submissions process: expression of interest followed by the shortlisting of six teams to proceed to stage two. The competition focuses on Smithfield within the City of London and the east London areas of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. According to the brief, ‘it is not necessary for teams to create physical interventions in both areas, but competition applicants are encouraged to work across them in some way (via community engagement, digital engagement/intervention, and/or education activities) during the project’. The contest is a collaboration between LFA, the City of London Corporation, its cultural district Culture Mile, and Foundation for Future London. Total budget is £50,000 and includes design fees and other costs required to deliver the concept.

Prize Honorarium of £500+ VAT for shortlisted practices.

Eligibility Restricted, two-stage submission. Open to emerging architects, designers, engineers, artists, urbanists, community social enterprises and creative organisations. Teams must include a named architect, engineer or designer, but, says the brief, ‘we are looking for cross disciplinary teams that reflect this diverse expertise and experience’. The judges encourage entries from, or collaborations with, groups who are underrepresented in public space.

Evaluation panel Maria Adebowale-Schwarte, Future London; Esme Fieldhouse, Hawkins\Brown; Tim Jones and Clarisse Tavin, City of London Corporation; Rosa Rogina, LFA; Manijeh Verghese, Unscene Architecture and Architectural Association.

Location Smithfield and east London.

Deadlines Stage 1 Expressions of interest by midday, 1 September 2022. Stage 2 Invitations to tender (up to 6 shortlisted practices), week of 12 September 2022. Stage 2 submissions (including fully costed, feasible design and engagement plan that can be delivered before June 2023) by 13 October 2022. Winner notified, week of 24 October 2022.

To apply or find out more, go the competition website


V&A Dundee opened in September 2018. Kengo Kuma & Associates.
V&A Dundee opened in September 2018. Kengo Kuma & Associates. Credit: Atmosphere1 / Shutterstock

Design competition


Open-to-all call for inclusive concepts that have the potential to change lives

V&A Dundee is partnering with Scottish social housing provider Blackwood Homes and Care to launch the Blackwood Design Awards 2022. The international competition calls for concepts, designs and inventions that can boost independent living and enable people with disabilities to live a full life. There are five categories, including Best Collaborative Project, Best New Concept and Best New Aids, Equipment or Accessible Technology. All are open to individuals or groups of professionals and non-professionals. Past winners have included universities and gifted amateurs with an insight into living with a disability. According to the brief, ‘entries are judged not on how technologically advanced they are, but on how innovative, impactful and practical they are’. Blackwood provides social housing for rent and care and support services for those with disabilities across Scotland. Through its online community,, it runs focus groups, reviews products and services and brings people with disabilities together with product designers to find innovative and inclusive solutions that improve lives. 

Prizes Around £2,000 plus a ‘package of support’ per main category.

Eligibility Open to all, international. 

Judging panel Expert judges include Joanna Mawdsley, V&A Dundee head of learning.

Deadline Entries by 12 midnight, 13 November 2022. Winners annouced, January 2023.

To apply or find out more, go the competition website


National Museum of Scotland in Chambers Street, Edinburgh.
National Museum of Scotland in Chambers Street, Edinburgh. Credit: National Museum of Scotland by p_a_h is licensed under CC BY 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit



Single consultancy sought for four-year framework across four museums and one national collection site

National Museums of Scotland (NMS) has launched a framework for the provision of architectural consultancy services across its four museums and national collection centre. NMS brings together the Edinburgh-based National Museum of Scotland, National War Museum and National Museums Collection Centre with the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian and the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride. The group holds internationally important collections of natural sciences, decorative arts, world cultures, science and technology and Scottish history and archaeology. NMS intends to appoint one primary consultancy to the framework with potentially two reserves, depending on workload over the contract period. The organisation spends around £2 million a year on property maintenance covering unplanned, life cycle and planned and preventative maintenance works. Much of this is carried out around an on-going programme of works and the successful consultant will ‘augment and support the skills of [the] in-house NMS Estates Team’. There is no detailed brief in the contract notice or supporting documents ‘due to the extended and variety of the projects that may be undertaken along with the ad hoc nature of many of [the] requirements’. Bidders are required to outline current resource capacity against secured workload. According to responses to raised questions, this is to ensure the appointed consultancy has a ‘realistic spare capacity’ to deal with short notice requests. Secondary consultancies would only be used, says the buyer, ‘if the primary consultancy cannot resource the requirement’. The buyer acknowledges the difficulty given the lack of a brief, but says that will be taken into account when scoring submissions. Evaluation criteria: quality, 80 per cent; price, 20 per cent.

Eligibility Open procedure. Expertise required includes ‘overall involvement of preparing, organising, programming and procurement within a museum or peer group environment’.

Location Multiple sites across Scotland.

Deadlines Closing date for receipt of tenders, 12 noon, 15 July 2022. Notification of appointment, 15 August, 2022. The appointment will last for a period of 4 years with a potential extension of up to 1 year, depending on performance.

To apply or find out more, see the contract notice

Buyer contact Mark Drysdale, National Museums Scotland, 0131 247 4156,


Leicester City Council is responsible for 3,500 buildings worth around £1.4 billion.
Leicester City Council is responsible for 3,500 buildings worth around £1.4 billion. Credit: trabantos / Shutterstock



Three-lot contracts cover range of projects across multiple sectors

Leicester City Council has launched a three-lot framework agreement for construction services across the authority. The proposed duration will be two years with an option to extend by two additional years up to a maximum of four. Leicester has a population of more than 300,000 and is the largest city in the East Midlands and the tenth largest in the country. According to the council, it has in the region of 3,500 assets worth around £1.4 billion. The three lots - which are being re-advertised - are: A Multidisciplinary; B Architecture and Planning; and C Environmental. Each will be awarded to a single supplier. Lot B includes architecture, CAD, town planning, landscape architecture, conservation architecture and party wall surveying - in compliance with RIBA Stage 8. Work will include commercial, environmental, regeneration, educational, housing, cultural and planning projects. According to the brief, the framework ‘is part of a suite of professional services procurement opportunities to be released in the future [including] transport design and highways; regeneration, planning and strategy; commercial and real estate; and public realm’. Evaluation criteria: relevant experience, 30 per cent; quality, 20 per cent; environmental management, 20 per cent; subcontracting, 20 per cent; social value, 10 per cent. The contract is suitable for SMEs. Value of Lot B is £2.3 million.

Eligibility Restricted procedure with pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) followed by invitation to tender (5 shortlisted suppliers for each lot). The buyer is emphasising that the framework is open to small and micro local enterprises and voluntary and community sector organisations as it ‘appreciates the very important role they play in the local economy. Expressions of interest from these organisations are particularly welcomed’.

Location Leicester

Deadlines Closing date for receipt of PQQs, 12 noon, 14 July 2022. Shortlist notification, 12 September 2022. Invitations to tender sent out, 22 September 2022. Receipt of tenders, 24 October 2022. Award of contract, 25 November 2022. Contract starts, 30 January 2023. Contract ends, 29 January 2025; extendable to 29 January, 2027.

To apply or find out more, see the contract notice

Buyer contact John Morgan, Leicester City Council, 01164 540347,


Bristol and Clifton Suspension Bridge. The Whitehouse Street Regeneration Area, to the south of the city, is one of 12 sites worldwide chosen for this year’s Reinventing Cities competition.
Bristol and Clifton Suspension Bridge. The Whitehouse Street Regeneration Area, to the south of the city, is one of 12 sites worldwide chosen for this year’s Reinventing Cities competition. Credit: "Bristol and Clifton Suspension Bridge" by Kristoffer Trolle is licensed under CC BY 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit

Project competition


Creative multidisciplinary teams sought for climate-friendly redevelopment of 12 brownfield sites around the world

C40, a network of mayors from 100 cities, has launched the third edition of its global competition Reinventing Cities. The contest was set up to encourage the decarbonised urban regeneration of underused brownfield sites. Organisers are looking for creative multidisciplinary teams - including architects, developers and community groups - to design and develop projects that will serve the needs of local communities and become sustainable city landmarks. Twelve cities will participate in 2022. They are Bologna, Bristol, Houston, Izmir, Lyon, Milan, Montréal, Naples, Phoenix, Rome, San Francisco and São Paulo. The proposed site in the UK is the Whitehouse Street Regeneration Area to the south of Bristol city centre. Successful proposals will need to feature ambitious climate objectives, deliver energy efficiency and low carbon construction and have a strong emphasis on social inclusion. According to the brief, ‘bidding teams will compete to acquire the sites and to implement their projects. The submitted projects will be holistic from inception to implementation and operation. They must include a financial plan to turn the proposal into reality. At the end of the competition process, each city (or site owner) will organise the legal agreement to finalise the site transfer’. The competition is supported by Ingka Group, Stavros Niarchos Foundation and FedEx.

Deadlines Exact dates vary, depending on the city. Expressions of interest, September, 2022. Finalists announced, November 2022. Submission of final proposals, April 2023. Winners announced, 2023.

Eligibility and procedure Two-phase procedure. Phase 1, open-to-all expression of interest. Phase 2, restricted to the finalist teams. Bidding teams must be multidisciplinary and include at least: a qualified person in charge of the project design, such as an architect or an urban designer; an environmental expert; a developer or investor with the financial capacity to implement the project (mandatory for the final phase, and highly recommended for the expression of interest). Teams can also include others such as creative project holders, start-ups, academics and community associations. Between three and five teams will be shortlisted for each site.

Evaluation criteria Phase 1 and 2: relevance of the project to the specifics of the site; proposed solutions to address C40’s 10 Challenges for Climate; suitability of the team. Phase 2 only: soundness of the business model and relevance of the legal and financial arrangement.

Evaluation panel The jury will be set up by the relevant city with the support of C40.

To apply or find out more, go the competition website


  • Real estate properties fill up the arid terrain in the Las Vegas suburbs that sprawl out across the Mojave Desert.
    Real estate properties fill up the arid terrain in the Las Vegas suburbs that sprawl out across the Mojave Desert. Credit: Flystock / Shutterstock
  • Buildner’s Las Vegas Affordable Housing Challenge ideas competition.
    Buildner’s Las Vegas Affordable Housing Challenge ideas competition.

Ideas competition


Open-to-all call for adaptable residential design concepts for the Nevada city

Competitions organiser Buildner has launched a contest to find the best affordable housing ideas for Las Vegas. This is the 14th in its series of city-based competitions with past locations including Berlin, Toronto, Melbourne and San Francisco. In 2017, the Nevada city was revealed to be the least affordable in the USA for renters, according to the US National Low Income Housing Coalition. There are no specific competition requirements in terms of site or structures, so ‘participants are encouraged to be as creative as possible in the solutions they design’. Organisers say the jury will be looking for designs that challenge typical ideas of housing design and community, ‘while maintaining a practical element that could potentially see these designs realised’. Concepts need to be easy to roll out, minimal in their use of land and materials, adaptable in terms of size and inhabitant capacity and flexible enough to work in different locations across the city. The jury will consist of architects and professionals from other backgrounds relevant to the competition theme.

Prize €3,000 for first prize. €4,000 in runners-up prizes and special awards.

Eligibility Open to all, international. No professional qualification required. Ideas can be developed individually or by teams (four team members maximum).

Evaluation panel To be confirmed. Jurors from previous versions of the competition have included: Ben Van Berkel, UNStudio; Winy Maas, MVRDV; Karen Alcock, MA Architects; Tristan Wong, SJB Architects; Linda Cheng, editor, ArchitectureAU; Umber Bawa, Rabble; Nicky Bruun-Meyer, The Site Magazine; Mauricio Quirós Pacheco, University of Toronto; Mark Sterling, Acronym Urban Design and Planning; Andreas Tjeldflaat, Framlab.

Deadline Registration up to 2 November 2022 (registration fees, from €95; or €85 for students). Project submissions by 11.59pm GMT, 7 December 2022. Winners announced, 15 February 2023.

To apply or find out more, go the competition website


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