Belfast Flare Design Competition 2017 for Early Career Architects

RSUA, in partnership with JP Corry, is delighted to launch the Belfast Flare Design Competition. It is a competition for early career architects to design a temporary or semi-permanent structure which will draw attention to the enormously important role that architecture can play in the future success of Belfast.

Flare is defined as, “A blaze of light used especially to signal, illuminate, or attract attention” and as such the competition aims to create a thing of beauty, intrigue and inspiration.

The initiative follows on from last year’s hugely successful multi-comfort pavilion design competition which was won by Aileen McConaghie. The big difference this year is that the winning design will be fully developed and will become a physical landmark in 2018.

This competition is open to any architect either living or born on the island of Ireland who has been actively in work as an architect for less than 15 years. One of its key aims is to showcase the creative talents of our younger architects.

The project currently has a modest budget of £20,000 but we are actively seeking additional support and I would encourage all members to get in touch if you are aware of any potential sources of funding.

For full details on the competition’s purpose, eligibility, brief and submission requirements please read the short Belfast Flare Design Competition Overview.

Registration is open from today and submissions must be received by 10th October. To register, please email Gillian Lendrum ( You will be issued with a unique registration number.

The winner will be announced at Architecture Night on 27th October 2017.

A competition for architecture students is running in parallel with the main competition.  The key difference between the student competition and the architect competition is that the winning student’s design will not be constructed but there will be a prize for the winning student.  The entry requirements for students are also less onerous.  Click here to find out the details of the Student Competition