Design competition

The University of Surrey’s Spatial Structures Research Centre has launched an exciting competition which challenges entrants to design a new spatial structure for the University campus. This will coincide with our conference.

Key dates

28 Feb 2020*

Entries deadline

*Has been extended from 31 December 2019.

March 2020

Winner will be informed

April - Aug 2020

Construction of the winning design

Aug 2020

Conferral ceremony

The competition

We have launched a competition on designing a spatial structure memorial that will mark the occasion of the seventh occurrence of the International Conference in Spatial Structures in August 2020. The winning design will be realised and installed at a location adjacent to the new residences on Surrey’s Manor Park campus (PDF). This competition is kindly sponsored by the Novum Group.

Novum Logo

Open call

The invitation is open to all designers, engineers, architects and artists. The challenge is to create a new, iconic design which takes into account the conference themes and Surrey’s architecture and public art.

A £2,000 prize will be awarded to the overall winner and £1,000 to the runner up. The next top five designs will receive an honourable mention from the conference.

Design proposals must fit within a 6m×6m×6m external space.Details of the University’s architecture and public art is provided, with relevant images, on our art and architecture page.

How to apply

Submissions should include:

  • A maximum of two A3 display boards featuring the conceptual design
  • A maximum of two A4 pages of detailing
  • The completed cover sheet (Doc).

The applications should be submitted via email to

You will also need to pay an entrance fee of £100 through our online store, by 28 February 2020.


The deadline for applications is 28 February 2020, this has been extended from 31 December 2019, and the winning structure will be revealed at the opening ceremony of the conference.

Judging criteria

The submissions will be evaluated based on judging criteria such as the following.

Demonstration of originality in structural design and use of innovative techniques and technologies.

Demonstrating technical and/or visual elegance, including in the attention to detail, or which contribute to the elegance of the overall design solution.

Structural designs which implement sustainable techniques and technologies, as demonstrated through efficiency, the specification of materials, recycling and reuse, socio-economic factors, carbon reduction and other factors. The designs are expected to represent durability quality.

Economic viability and value for money in the structural design, as well as non-financial indicators of value.

Characteristics that place the structural design solution well beyond the ordinary and ease of construction.

Judging panel

A Judging panel will independently review all entries and award points based on evidence of the judging criteria. The highest scoring entries will then be evaluated to establish the winner of the competition.

The judging panel includes distinguished academics and professionals in the field including Professor Max Lu, Professor Steve Baker, Professor Marijke Mollaert, Professor Gerry Parke, Professor Chris Williams, Professor Maria Vogiatzaki, Brian Linton from Novum Structures and Stephen Wells, the University’s Director of Estates and Facilities.

Entrance fee

Fill out the cover sheet

Memorial design application cover sheet
(222.1 KB .DOCX)

Your application

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