RSUA hosts ideas competition to energise Belfast City Centre

The Royal Society of Ulster Architects, in partnership with JP Corry, has launched the #MyBelfastIdea Design Competition for Early Career Architects asking them to generate ideas for interventions which react to the fire at Primark’s Bank Buildings.

This competition, which closes on 12 October 2018, challenges architects in the early stages of their careers to generate ideas for a temporary intervention or interventions to the built environment along Royal Avenue which will help attract people to the surrounding area and benefit the city centre.  Both focussed and time-limited, this competition explores what role architecture can play in helping to respond quickly to major events.

Launching the competition, RSUA Director, Ciarán Fox, said:

“Architects want to support the recovery of Belfast and this competition will offer innovative approaches to the challenges facing Royal Avenue and the wider retail core.  In securing the long-term future of the city centre as a retail and leisure destination, decision-makers have an opportunity to demonstrate fresh thinking and ambition.  RSUA believes this competition will showcase the vision that architects bring to urban design.”

Speaking after the competition launched, JP Corry Managing Director, Ciaran McConnell, said:

“The #MyBelfastIdea initiative exhibits the important contribution that architecture plays in helping to re-establish our city. It’s a unique opportunity for local architects to display their creativity and imagination to help revitalise the city centre and encourage footfall. A symbol of Belfast’s resilience, this unique initiative illustrates how we can move forward following a devastating event. Once again, we are thrilled to support the competition, now in its third year, and are looking forward to seeing the concepts.”

Registration for the competition is open and for more details, including eligibility and how to enter, please visit  The winner will be announced on Architecture Night on 19th October 2018.