A panel of judges, which includes architect Deborah Saunt, has been named for the AJ/Crown Estate Future Office competition, which closes on Monday
The DSDHA director is joined by the Crown Estate’s James Cooksey and Jon Allgood, Despina Katsikakis of workplace consultant DELOS, and Nick Macrae of joint venture partner HOOPP (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan).
The jury will be chaired by AJ managing editor Will Hurst, and also includes AJ editorial director Paul Finch.
Design teams have until the end of Monday (26 September) to enter the architectural contest which aims to find innovative ideas for the office of the future.
The AJ/Crown Estate Future Office contest is open to all UK-based architects. It asks entrants to consider how inspiring and effective workplaces will operate from 2020 onwards, based on changing ways of living and working, new technology and other factors such as traffic congestion and the impact of climate change.
The Crown Estate, whose central London portfolio features the whole of Regent Street and much of St James’s, is currently investing £1.5 billion in regenerating this area, at the heart of London’s West End.
The free-to-enter competition has two stages. The first is an open ideas competition asking designers to respond to the challenge of designing an office space operating five to ten years in the future.
The best entries will be shortlisted before six winners are selected to take part in the second stage: a two-day charrette focusing on the future of one of The Crown Estate’s most prominent West End buildings.
Each of the six architects, practices or teams taking part in the charrette will receive a £1,000 honorarium for their time, and both winners and shortlisted entries will be publicised by the AJ and the Crown Estate.
James Cooksey, director of central London at the Crown Estate said: ‘This is about challenging our thinking in an office market that is constantly evolving in a globally competitive market. We want to promote the best talent, drive innovation and support great design to stay ahead of the game in delivering outstanding office space in a world-class location.’
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Hurst said: ‘Whether it relates to the 3D-printed office, responding to the impact of climate change or engineering serendipitous encounters among staff, workplace design is changing fast. We’re asking the UK’s best architects to consider such trends and imagine what comes next.
‘This is an opportunity not to be missed – a unique client boasting a £6 billion central London portfolio is on the lookout for new talent.’
Submissions for the first stage, comprising a single A3 page submitted digitally, must be received by close of play on 26 September. The AJ and The Crown Estate will then select a shortlist of 10 or more teams who will present their designs to the judging panel on Thursday 13 October.
The final six teams will take part in a charrette held on the afternoon/evening of Monday 31 October and all day on Tuesday 1 November.
Judging panel in full
James Cooksey, director of Central London, the Crown Estate
Jon Allgood, senior asset manager, Regent Street Portfolio, the Crown Estate
Will Hurst, managing editor, the Architects’ Journal (chair)
Paul Finch, editorial director, the Architects’ Journal
Despina Katsikakis, workplace consultant and member of the Delos advisory board
Deborah Saunt, director, DSDHA