The Resourceful Architect

We are collecting examples of the resourcefulness that architects are showing in this climate of financial constraint and emphatic localism, and give them a public platform.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Open, Two-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Architecture
Country UK
RegDeadline 8 April 2011 GoogleCal iCal
8 April 2011 (Must be Received)
Eligibility All

Invent a new field in which architects can uniquely contribute: a service, business or project that uses and extends the reach of the architect’s fundamental skills but is not based on being paid to design buildings in traditional ways. Make it clear what aspects of training and experience in architecture come into play with your ideas and how they meet the needs of society today.
The ambition of The Resourceful Architect is to prompt and give exposure to new ideas for the future uses of architecture in the changing context of professional practice. Submissions are expected to be diverse in form and character, and express critical thinking about potential new directions for contemporary architectural practice. Many architects now operate in radically different circumstances from those for which they were trained; and the economic downturn may offer architects an opportunity to re-cast themselves in a new social role within a distributed, local economy.
The call recognises and seeks to give exposure to the resourceful forward thinking many architects have shown, and are continuing to show, in this climate of financial constraint, emphatic localism and reflexive critique. Proposals can be entirely new and prompted by this call, or they may be already in development; they may also be completed but under-exposed. A shortlist of ideas, established by a jury of experts convened by the RSA and The Architecture Foundation, will be presented at a public ‘Day of Ideas’ in the RSA’s historic Great Room auditorium in May 2011.

Not yet announced


Entry Fee
Free for currently enrolled students and jobseekers (proof of status required)

No more than 3 × a3 presentation boards and a short, typewritten text not exceeding 1,000 words

Submission Address
Brooks Transport Services Limited
Unit 2/15, Second Avenue
Bluebridge Industrial Estate

Short-listing of entries: w/c 11 April 2011
Day of Ideas: 18 May 2011
Report publication: June 2011

The Royal Society of Arts and The Architecture Foundation

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