RIBA Isle of Wight – Young Designers Awards 2017

26 May 2017

For the fifth year, we have organised the Young Designers Award competition on the island. This year’s brief focused on creating a new design and access solution for Shanklin Cliff Lift. We had numerous entries this year and we saw a range of models from a fabulous fish entry made out of paper mache to a Bug theme. This year, we focused particularly hard on providing constant inspiration on the social media in order to keep the youngsters engaged and focused whilst providing a better level of understanding of the reasons behind why we do this competition every year. We hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did and we will be letting you all know mid-September about the brief for the Young Designers Awards 2018!


RIBA Isle of Wight – Young Designers Award 2016

25 May 2016

For the fourth year we have organised the Young Designers Award competition on the island. This years brief focused on creating a new use for the dilapidated pier in Totland. The response this year was amazing – with entries ranging from petting zoos to planetariums and gymnasiums to a navy base. This year saw the re-branding of the Young Designers Award and the launch of the new website – This increased awareness created a real buzz around the competition and many schools took part, submitting a total of 400 entries – making it very difficult for the judges!


RIBA Isle of Wight – Young Designers Award 2015

18 June 2015

For the third year the Young Designer’s Competition has been organised to engage young people in what is around them, to help them start to formulate opinions on it, and begin to understand what it is that makes good architecture and happy, safe and comfortable places for people to live, work and play in. As there is a huge array of outdoor activities on the Island, we asked the young designers to design a new mobile shop – they needed to give it a name, write a sentence describing it and then produce a drawing and 3D model of their idea. The response was incredible, with entries increasing from 67 in the first year to nearly 400 this year. There were so many exceptional entries that we also had 28 special mentions in addition to the winners. The winners took part in a creative workshop with Hannah George – who…(more)


RIBA Isle of Wight – Young Designers Award 2014

18 June 2014

For the second year running we have organised the Young Designer’s Competition, highlighting the importance of good architecture in our everyday lives. Architecture, the built environment and an understanding of ‘place’ should be learnt at a young age in order that an appreciation of the built environment becomes part of our everyday lives and we all strive to better it. We asked 5 to 18 year olds across the Island to design a new and exciting use for the No Man’s Land Fort in the Solent. The youngsters had to decide on their design, give it a name and write two sentences describing it. They were also asked to prepare an A4 square visual description in any graphic format – including models, collages and drawings etc. The entries were so impressive that additional commendations were awarded and the winners in each category were awarded with the prize of an escorted…(more)


RIBA Isle of Wight – Young Designers Award 2013

18 June 2013

Every year the Isle of Wight Society Conservation Awards and RIBA Awards are held on the Island. This year we got the children of the Island involved – RIBA Isle of Wight branch organised a children’s design competition to raise the profile of architecture. We asked for creative and fun designs for a new use for Appley Tower and a bridge linking it to the children’s playground. The entries were exhibited at the Awards Ceremony and all short-listed entries received two tickets for the ceremony and were published in the County Press.