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Design matters: achieving quality outcomes through well-run competitions

The next report in our Design Matters series highlights the benefits of using RIBA Competitions.

Good design is invaluable, bringing immediate and lasting benefits. These include improving people’s lives, reducing the built environment’s carbon footprint, and generating long term value to both the client and the building user. Good design becomes great design when the aims and aspirations of client, architect, and the future needs of society are well-communicated, clearly understood, and mutually aligned.

The use of well-run architectural design competitions is an excellent way to achieve this.

All RIBA managed competitions follow best practice principles and are independent and impartial, bearing no allegiance to a particular design team or method of procurement. An integral characteristic is that they involve an experienced Competition Architect Adviser who provides unbiased support and guidance to the client team throughout the process.

Achieving quality outcomes through well-run competitions follows Design matters: good design doesn’t cost the earth, Design matters: world class buildings by UK architects, Design matters: RIBA award winning homes, and Design matters: promoting good design through the planning system.

The case studies in this document show the broad range of projects that have been delivered through the RIBA Competitions process.

Find out more about RIBA Competitions.

Download our full report below.

© Ed Reeve

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