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The 2014 BCO Design Competition is our NextGen incentive to encourage our up and coming undergraduates and postgraduates to demonstrate their skills and showcase them at the 2014 BCO Annual Conference.

Competition Objective

The competition is an architectural student competition open to both under-graduate and post-graduate UK architecture students. It is being run by the British Council for Offices (BCO) to coincide with their 2014 annual conference being held in Birmingham.

The conference's theme is 'The Occupier' and the focus of the design competition is to explore the relationship between people and place and the office and the public realm.


Architects Journal is the chosen conference media partner and is renowned to have the greatest architectural and student readership within the industry. As one of the prizes Architects Journal will be publishing both 1st and 2nd place winners from both Under Graduate and Post Graduate categories. This will be a great career enhancing opportunity that will give all leading architectural practices a glimpse of what you can create.

Work Experience Placements
The opportunity for placements at leading architectural practices for 4, 6 or 8 weeks is another grand prize that is offered to both 1st and 2nd place winners. There are places for x2 1st place winner from the Under/Post Graduate category and x2 2nd place winners from the Under/Post Graduate category. Placements would take place in summer 2014. This unique opportunity offers winners the chance to kick start their career in architecture and gain experience at leading UK practices. The BCO member practices that are offering placements are:

    • Associated Architects 
    • Allies and Morrison
    • Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
    • Glenn Howells Architects

Cash Prizes
As placements will be unpaid and living costs may be incurred we would like to offer 1st and 2nd place winners a fixed cash prize to help cover these costs. The cash prizes will be given in cheque form and written out to each winner.

    • 1st Place – Post Graduate Level - £2000
    • 1st Place – Under Graduate Level - £2000
    • 2nd Place – Post Graduate Level - £1000
    • 2nd Place – Under Graduate Level - £1000

For the full design brief and registration form please downloads the attachments below

        BCO_2014_Design_Brief *
        BCO_2014_Design_Competition_Registration *

*Please note the new deadline submission dates mentioned in both the BCO 2014 Design Brief and BCO 2014 Design Competition Registration.