Competition Conditions

Competition Management

The competition is being managed and administered by RIBA Competitions on behalf of the Home of 2030, to whom all queries relating to the competition should be addressed.


The competition is open internationally to registered architects, designers, engineers and innovators however whilst it is not a requirement to be based in the UK, entrants should have a UK office. Multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged to take part. Architects should be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) in the UK, (or an equivalent, recognised overseas regulatory authority). Entrants should note that second stage competitors will be invited to attend an interview in the UK.

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.

Competition Format

The competition will follow the open ideas competition format and will be organised in the following phases:

Phase 1:

Submission of concept design ideas assessed anonymously.

Phase 2:

A shortlist of up to six designs will be selected and the entrants invited to develop their concepts and present them to the Evaluation Panel.

How to Register and Enter

You may only submit an entry to the competition if you are officially registered through Home of 2030 and in possession of a Unique Registration Number (URN). Please complete the online registration form.

Once your registration has been processed, you will be issued with a Unique Registration Number (URN) and a declaration form.

Declaration of Authorship & Acceptance of Competition Regulations

The declaration form acknowledges authorship of the design ideas, and by signing it, entrants agree to abide by the competition conditions and the decision of the Evaluation Panel as final. The completed declaration form should be uploaded to the digital entry system along with the design submission.

Please note the team members stated on the declaration form will be used as the credits in all promotional activity so please ensure this is reflected accurately.

Competition Timetable

The anticipated programme, which may be subject to variation, is as follows:
[UPDATED: 31 March 2020]

Activity Date
Deadline for entrants to raise questions (1st tranche) Friday 27 March 2020
Response to questions issued By Friday 03 April 2020
Deadline for entrants to raise additional questions (2nd tranche) Friday 17 April 2020
Response to additional questions issued By Friday 24 April 2020
Phase 1 Submission Deadline Wednesday 03 June 2020 by 14.00 hrs
Pre-assessment of entries by Technical Panel (if needed) w/c 22 June 2020
Evaluation session of Phase 1 Designs for full panel w/c 06 July 2020
Notify shortlist and unsuccessful entrants w/c 20 July 2020
Press release announcing shortlist w/c 27 July 2020
Feedback issued to shortlisted teams and additional briefing information w/c 27 July 2020
Phase 2 Submission Deadline Tuesday 29 September 2020
Final Interviews/Presentations w/c 19 October 2020
Notification and result announced November 2020


Questions relating to the competition Brief and conditions must be submitted to Home of 2030 at before close of business on Friday 17 April 2020. A statement in response to all questions raised will be emailed to registered entrants by 24 April 2020.


All Phase 1 submissions will be evaluated anonymously, via use of the Unique Registration Number (URN) issued at the time of registration. The URN should be prominently displayed on each of the design submission sheets, report and declaration form. Please refer to the section How to Register to obtain a URN. Any submission that has identifying marks (including logos, text, insignia, or images that could be used to identify the submission’s authors) will be automatically disqualified.


Submissions shall be excluded from the Competition:

  • If an Entrant shall disclose his or her identity, or improperly attempt to influence the decision;

  • If received after the latest time stated under Phase 1 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.

Phase 1 Submission Requirements

There are four elements to the design submission, each of which should bear the Unique Registration Number (URN) only. Entrants should refer to the Anonymity requirements and submit the following material digitally:

1. A3 Sheets

A maximum of 2 x landscape sheets (equivalent to A3 in PDF format only) illustrating the proposed housing concept, its constituent parts and how it meets the competition objectives.

The proposals should be presented in a clear and succinct manner to enable Evaluation Panel members to readily understand the essence and design drivers behind the scheme.

Please note that the submissions may be viewed on a tablet, laptop or large screen and may also be printed out at A3 for the purposes of assessment, so this should be taken into consideration when putting together the submission.

The URN should be prominently displayed on the front face of each design sheet in the top right hand corner, together with the order in which the sheets should be viewed (1 of 2 etc).

Physical architectural models will not be accepted as part of the Phase 1 submission. However, images of models used to develop the design proposal may be included on the design sheet(s).

2. A4 Design Statement

A written design statement (max 4 x A4 single sided pages) in support of the submission.

3. Declaration Form

A completed declaration form which should bear the URN in the dedicated section on the form. Please note the team members stated on the declaration form will be used as the credits in all promotional activity so please ensure this is reflected accurately.

4. Visual Image

In addition, to the pdf of the design sheets, one visual image of the design concept should be provided for publicity purposes. The image should be representative of the ideas proposed and be readily identifiable as such. The image should be submitted in JPEG format, in a low resolution (72ppi) with an image width of at least 1000px.

Phase 1 Submission Method

Each phase 1 design submission should be uploaded to the Home of 2030 digital entry system before 14.00 hours on Wednesday 03 June 2020. Further details and a unique secure link will be issued to registered competitors.

Please note that the total upload should not exceed 20MB.

Late entries will not be accepted and the digital entry system will not permit uploads after the deadline. The digital entry system will allow you to amend or delete the information you upload until the stipulated deadline date and time. You are strongly advised to familiarise yourself with the system and to allow adequate time for your submission material to successfully upload.

Phase 2

Further briefing information will be provided to the shortlisted entrants and they will be provided with feedback from Phase 1 and asked to further develop their initial design ideas for a specific site location illustrating in greater detail how their proposals meet the multiple objectives of the competition, and can be delivered at the scale and density required for the chosen site. Drawings of a sample streetscape of say twelve homes, including details of a minimum of two or three home typologies, will be expected to illustrate the delivery potential of the concept. Teams will be required to set out compliance with the different criteria including budget costings in a technical report, and to demonstrate how their team and systems selection can meet the delivery and competency requirements of a development consortium.

The shortlisted entrants will be invited to attend an interview to discuss their design concepts further with the Evaluation Panel.

Entries for both phases must be submitted in English.

Online Gallery

An online gallery of all entries may be showcased at the conclusion of the competition. Further details will be issued to competitors in due course.

Notification of Result / Publicity

The competition results will be published after all entrants have been notified. Please note that any requests for feedback should be submitted to Home of 2030 within one calendar month of a shortlist, or a result being announced.

Entrants must not release their designs for publication to any 3rd parties until after the shortlist or result has been officially announced and permission has been granted from Home of 2030. Entrants should note that by entering the competition they are expected to honour the request for confidentiality to prevent information on the shortlist or the winning teams being leaked to the Press before any official announcement is made.

Home of 2030 reserve the right to publicise the competition, any design submission, and the result in any promotional activity, including all social media channels, they consider fit. Illustrations of any design - either separately, or together with other designs, with or without explanatory text - may be used without cost. Once anonymity has been lifted, authors will be credited and recognised in all associated media and publicity. This information will be taken from the declaration form so please ensure the details are accurate.


It is intended that up to 6 entrants will be selected to proceed to the second phase. Each shortlisted entrant who submits a completed Phase 2 entry will receive an honorarium of £40,000 +VAT.

The client undertakes to pay these honoraria payments within six weeks of the conclusion of the competition. Invoices for payment should be submitted to Home of 2030.


The ownership of copyright will be in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 - i.e. Copyright rests with the author of the submitted design.

Post competition

Following Phase two of the RIBA open ideas competition, competition winners will be introduced to Homes England development framework partners to explore the possibility of developing bids for a series of homes on Homes England land.

The role of RIBA Competitions and Home of 2030 is limited to the administration and management of the competition process. The RIBA and Home of 2030 delivery consortium will have no further role once the winners have been selected and entrants notified.


The competition is being managed and administered by RIBA Competitions on behalf of Home of 2030.

All enquiries relating to the competition should be directed to:

+44 0207 307 5355

Members of the Evaluation Panel, the client group, the Home of 2030 Delivery Consortium or the RIBA Adviser should not be contacted for information as this may lead to disqualification from the competition.