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​Why hold a RIBA Competition?

RIBA Competitions delivers choice, inspiration and value to clients through expertly run architectural competitions and competitive selection processes.

A film about RIBA Competitions and Town House Building, Kingston University

RIBA Competitions has extensive experience of delivering high profile selection processes. Established for over 40 years, we manage competitions for a diverse range of project types and budgets on behalf of both public and private sector clients. We are widely recognised as the UK’s leading provider of design competition management services.

The RIBA has an experienced team who can advise and arrange competitive selection processes to meet your requirements. Using the RIBA to manage and support your competition brings credibility, prestige and rigour to the process.

Our long experience in managing design competitions will ensure your competition is managed to best practice standards to fulfil your requirements and attract high quality design responses. It will send a clear signal to contestants that you have a commitment to design excellence, fairness and impartiality.

An RIBA Competition brings you:

  • Expertise – we will establish a flexible competitive process to meet all your expectations and needs
  • A full audit trail – we will support your project through UK procurement and provide a full and comprehensive audit of the process
  • RIBA endorsement – with our brand you are sending a very clear signal to contestants that your competition will be efficient and fair and will adhere to best practice standards
  • Promotion – together with extensive trade publicity, we have multiple routes to promote your competition including direct to our 40,000+ global membership
  • Value for money – our fees and timetable are agreed with you at the outset so there are no hidden extras along the way

Next steps

To find out more about the RIBA Competitions process please download the Guidance for Clients. Please note contact information is required before the Guidance for Clients can be downloaded. You can enter these below:

"Involving RIBA Competitions allowed us to reach a larger pool of architects within the UK and internationally. The process allows a wider spectrum of practices to put themselves forward for consideration where they may not have otherwise had the opportunity. The LSE are committed to the design competition process and it will be the cornerstone of future major developments."

Kenneth Kinsella, Director of Capital Development, Estates Division London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

LSE Saw Swee Hock - competition concept design and completed building
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