The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community and Media 10, organisers of the Ideal Home Show, are launching a new competition to design an affordable, low energy, comfortable and modern eco-home that will be the centrepiece of next year’s Show (March 2013). The competition is open to young designers and the Chair of the judging panel is HRH The Prince of Wales.

Entrants to the Prince’s Foundation Young Designer Competition must be under 40 and will be required to respond to an architectural design brief reflecting the Prince’s Foundation’s ethos of sustainability, practicality, durability, beauty and comfort in modern living. Innovative use of local materials and technology will also be encouraged. The winning design will be built using the Prince’ House system, first unveiled to the public at the Ideal Home Show in 2010. The system creates a super insulated shell to keep homes warm in winter and cool in summer – yet can be adapted to wide range of designs and materials. In 2010 the ‘Classic’ Prince’s House, inspired by Islington villas, was the centre-piece of the show village, and in 2011 an “Arts and Crafts’ design was show-cased.

All entries will be considered by a panel of judges, chaired by HRH The Prince of Wales, President of the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community. This year’s panel includes, amongst others, Prince’s Foundation’s Ambassador and property expert Kirstie Allsopp, TV presenter and architect George Clarke, as well as Hank Dittmar, CEO of the Princes Foundation, and Richard Morey, the Ideal Home Show’s Property Director.

As well as being exhibited to thousands of Ideal Home Show visitors, the winner will also receive a £5,000 cash prize.

Following the show, the house will be re-located to a real development site and will have the chance to join the portfolio of Prince’s House system designs, currently being licensed to developers and house builders in the UK.

Chief Executive of The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, Hank Dittmar said, “This is a unique opportunity for a young designer. The Prince’s Foundation is already committed to training and developing the next generation through the Building Skill programme and hopes that this competition will offer young designers and architects the chance to display their talents.”

“We hope that this competition will generate some enthusiasm in the design world and look forward to receiving the creative and imaginative entries that we are sure such a competition will inspire.”

Events Director of Media 10, Richard Morey said, “We are delighted to work in partnership with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community to launch the first ever ‘Prince’s Foundation Young Designers Competition’. The Ideal Home Show is committed to supporting young talent and this will be a fantastic opportunity for young and aspiring architects to showcase their designs to a public audience. This competition is in the spirit of the prestigious ‘Blue Ribbon’ Awards, which was launched at the show in 1966 celebrating Good Design and House Building.”

Important Dates for the Prince’s House competition:
• Official announcement of the design competition & start of registration for entries – 26th July 2012
• Deadline for project submission – 11th September 2012
• Panel Judging to determine the finalists – 12th September 2012
• Official announcement of the Project Winner – 21st September 2012

To register your interest in this year’s competition, please contact the Prince’s Foundation via email