Calling All Creatives 2020: Home Competition


“Home provides physical and psychological sanctuary. It has been a guardian of identity.” (De Botton, 2006: 11).

Building on the success of the 2018 & 2019 Best of Birmingham | Calling All Creatives competition, the Birmingham Architectural Association (BAA) is delighted to announce their design competition is accepting 2020 entries.

In light of the recent and growing outbreak of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) in the UK, the BAA has decided to take a responsible approach and move our upcoming Calling all Creatives onto a digital platform.

The show will be a creative platform to showcase and celebrate creative work from across the UK. We aim to create an inclusive platform to bring creatives together. We will showcase creative design work with a strong connection to “Home”.

We welcome entries from students, professionals, families and groups. We will be hosting the exhibition online and awarding the very first Birmingham Architectural Creative Designer Award to the category winners.

With the limitations we all face at this time, we encourage you to submit your work electronically in a suitable format to be exhibited online i.e. photograph of your model or photograph/scan of your drawing or painting.

Family and friends

Entries can be submitted by an unlimited number of participants. Teams can be made up of primary and secondary school children , grandparents, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, cousins, housemates, flatmates neighbours or friends who have worked together via conference calls or another digital communication platform, to create their entry.

Professional Category

Professionals as individuals or groups are invited to submit creative projects to be showcased. We welcome advertisement-free work with a connection to the “Home” theme.

Student Category 

We welcome students as individuals or groups, who are currently enrolled at universities both within the UK and internationally.


A jury, made up of an Architect, artist and university lecturer/school teacher will judge the entries after the submission deadline. We will announce the winner online and will award a winner per category based on creativity and originality.

Awards include a BAA concrete award, a home chair from Allermuir worth £500 and a range of unique Architecture & Design prizes.


Entry Guidelines

Submission Requirements:

  • Photo, image, video or a recording of the submission
  • all images below 10 megabytes
  • any videos or recordings to come with transcripts
  • Up to 500-word description:

The project description should explain what home means to you.

Eg. If you have designed a “Home” theme building – please describe how the building functions and the choices you have made.

  • Optional additional extra: You may submit a largely image-based A3 or equivalent process sheet which includes the materials, the methods of construction and the process images, to help tell the story of how you produced this submission.

This project description will be used in jury meetings and to influence editorial coverage, so please ensure this fully covers your entry.

Please e-mail if you have any queries

Where appropriate, please send up to three JPEG files. Images submitted should be greater than 5mb at 300dpi but not exceeding 10mb in total.

All larger files must be sent via We-Transfer to


Important: All attachments including JPEGs must be named in the following format:


All entries will receive a confirmation email to let applicants know they have successfully submitted.

Submission Deadline *Extended*: 27th September 2020

The subject of the email should be: Calling All Creatives Home + Title of the piece.