Caring for Older People International Student Design Competition


69 competition entries were received in total for this competition including overseas entries from Albania, Canada, India, Russia, Singapore and the USA.

DWA Architects launched this international design competition to mark its 20th Anniversary and hoped the competition would encourage architects of the future to get involved in the design of the care homes of the future. The competition was sponsored by BUPA Care Services and managed by the RIBA Competitions Office.

The competition winners were:-
1st Prize – Jeremy Whall & Li shung Yeung, Birmingham School of Architecture
2nd Prize – Christopher Wilkins & Rachel Witham, Cardiff University
3rd Prize – Marta Gonzalez Ruiz, Madrid University

Highly Commended schemes were:-
Lynsey Duncan & Sally Porritt, Leeds Metropolitan University
Thomas Fitzgerald, Edinburgh College of Art
Johan Zetterholm & Jonas Tjäder, Chalmers Technical University, Sweden


DWA Architects has launched a design competition for architectural students worldwide with support from one of the UK's largest care home operators, Bupa Care Services.DWA is marking its 20th year in business by launching the international design competition, 'Caring for Older People', in a bid to encourage the architects of the future to get involved in the design of the care homes of the future. Students entering the competition will be asked to take into consideration a number of issues including community integration, improving visitor numbers, energy conservation and the best layout for the patient; all of which helps improve quality of life for residents.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Idea, Students, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Community, Housing
Country UK
RegDeadline 2 March 2009 GoogleCal iCal
6 March 2009 (Must be Received) GoogleCal
Eligibility All students

Professor June Andrews - Dementia Services Development Centre, Stirling
Neil Hunt - Chief Executive, Alzheimer’s Society
Lyth Watson - Director of Business Development, BUPA Care Homes
David Ward - Chief Executive, DWA Architects (RIBA Architectural Advisor)
Joanne Wallis - RIBA Competitions Office (Observer)

First Prize: £3,000
Second Prize: £1,500
Third Prize £1,000

Entry Fee

- Two lightweight A1 foam boards.
- Design statement should form part of the submission up to a maximum of 10 x A4 sides.

Submission Address
RIBA Competitions Office
6 Melbourne Street
Leeds LS2 7PS
clearly marked ‘DWA Architects Student Design Competition’ to arrive no later than 2.00 pm on Friday 6 March 2009.

Deadline for questions: 28 January 2009
Response to questions: 4 February 2009
Announcement of winning entries: 16 March 2009
Awards Ceremony: 26 March 2009
The winning entries plus runners up will be exhibited, following the Awards Ceremony at the RIBA, London from Friday 27 March 2009.

DWA Architects and RIBA Competitions Office

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