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The Challenge Cup


A new challenge for tomorrow's AEC design professionals

The Challenge Cup

The Challenge Cup; a team challenge designed to discover the next generation of young built environment design professionals that will help to propel the industry into an innovative future.

Each year select Universities are invited to participate in “The Challenge Cup”. With aspiring students from each University representing the Architectural, Engineering and other AEC design streams to form collaborative and cross disciplinary teams of between 4 to 6 students.

The prize

The Challenge Cup

Finalist teams and selected competition presentation highlights will be  showcased on The Challenge Cup website along with prizes being awarded to the winning team and to the 2nd & 3rd placed teams!



The Challenge

The 2021 design challenge interrogates the proposition of adaptive reuse in the built environment, addressing not only sustainability and resource scarcity, but also how offsite manufacturing and prefabrication can deliver effective solutions to allow extension and adaption of existing buildings.

A phenomena that is gaining renewed focus in light of the current spike incommercial property and hotel vacancies that are occurring in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teams are asked to retain, incorporate and extend an existing structure into a mixed-use development comprising retail tenancy space, student accommodation and build-to-rent residential accommodation, using offsite construction and prefabrication solutions.

The Brief

Key Dates

The year ahead...

January (2021)

• Competition commencement
• Online Competition Q&A portal opens

February (2021)

• Portal opens for submissions

June (2021)

• University team registrations close


July (2021)

Competition submission deadline 4pm AEST

July (2021)

• Finalists announced