Imagination Competition for children aged 5-16

In partnership with Bath Spa University, we’ve launched a special lockdown competition for children aged 5-16, with prizes up to £600. Deadline 30 May 2020. Free to enter.

At a time when we all find ourselves separated suddenly from the outside world, our own neighbourhoods and our communities, this competition offers children a creative outlet to set their imagination free.

At this extraordinary time, our desire to engage with our environment has become stronger than ever. This competition is an opportunity to rethink our surroundings that we often take for granted, our streets and the buildings around us, and re-imagine bold, new solutions that inspire new ways of living together.

Using creativity and imagination we want children to focus on developing imaginative responses to how our built environment can be transformed and improved.

2018 Architectural Drawing Summer School

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Bushra Mohamed of Kingston University introduces students to the drawings archives at Drawing Matter in Somerset, as part of our 2017 summer school. 

A-level teachers are invited to nominate students for our second architectural drawing summer school, to be held in Somerset from 25-30 August 2018.

The inaugural school in 2017 – covered in this short film –  was widely praised by students as providing valuable insight into architecture as a university subject. This year we are expanding the programme, making it available to more students in Year 1 or 2 of their A-levels.

The summer school is organised in association with Drawing Matter, Hauser and Wirth Somerset, Kingston University, Queen’s University Belfast, Reading University and Bruton School for Girls. Expert tuition will be led by Andrew Clancy, Professor of Architecture at Kingston University and an award-winning architect, with a team of tutors and experts from each of the universities.

We are looking for intelligent and communicative young people with a keen interest in the visual environment, an inquisitive attitude and a positive approach to learning. Our intention is to give them an opportunity, at what could be a pivotal point in their intellectual development, to gain an understanding from professionals about the built world around them.

The opportunity may particularly suit young people who are thinking about a career in architecture or the built environment, or who have shown aptitude in those directions, but that is by no means a requirement: we expect the skills learnt at the summer school to be fully transferable.

Successful applicants will receive bed and board in the facilities of Bruton School for Girls and will work in the town of Bruton, liaising intensively with educational facilities and staff in the Hauser and Wirth Gallery. During the week students will be exposed to conversations and exercises set by many of the leading thinkers in architectural education today.

If you would like to nominate a pupil from your school, please email by 5pm on 14 May 2018 (The subject line to be ‘Application 2018 / Student’s Name / School Name’).

Please include:

• a PDF attachment with a brief (200 words maximum) statement from the pupil saying why he or she would like to attend the summer school.

• 4-8 images in PDF or JPEG format of some of the student’s work – this can be in the form of sketches, drawings, models, paintings etc.

There is likely to be considerable competition for the thirty places available, so this supporting material will be a key part of the selection process.

Offers of places will be made to nominators by 31 May 2018 and will be conditional on parental consent. Nominators of pupils attending the summer school will be invited to a concluding exhibition and lunch at Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, on 30 August.

If you have any questions, please email Professor Clancy at and he will be happy to help.

Ideas Competition / Turn your Small Change into Big Money


FIRST PRIZE : £4,000

See our competition PDF for full details: small-change-ideas-competition


We’re looking for simple practical design changes in any of the three fields of urban design, architecture and highways/traffic management that would measurably improve quality of life. What small interventions could relatively easily be adopted and have a beneficial effect on daily life?

Entries will be assessed by our world-class panel of intellectuals and design practitioners who straddle the two cultures of art and science.

Deadline for entries: 5pm on Friday 10 March 2017 (extended deadline). It is free to enter.