Folly! Architectural design competition for schools

School children in costume

The North Yorkshire Society of Architects are working in partnership with the National Trust at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, to run a design competition for primary school pupils aged 9-11 years to create a new temporary art installation.

This is a unique and unusual commissioning opportunity at one of the National Trust’s most spectacular and important sites. The new work will be installed alongside professionally designed installations in the water garden at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal as part of the folly! art programme from April to October 2018.

As part of the competition, a series of free architectural workshops will be offered to local schools, to provide a background to the design competition whilst presenting an insight into architecture and the built environment. The workshops will be delivered by RIBA Chartered architects.

Architecture is a multidisciplinary subject and this project has relevance across several key areas of the national curriculum including: Mathematics, Science, Design and Technology, Art and Design, as well as potential application in History, Geography, Citizenship and ICT.

North Yorkshire Society of Architects have experience of working with primary schools through the BIKEBAY project when 10 year old Will Hunt’s winning design was constructed and exhibited at the Tour de France Fan Park in Harrogate during the Grand Depart 2014. The installation will find a permanent home this year at the new Harrogate Council Offices. A full photographic introduction to the project can be seen on the North Yorkshire Society of Architects' website.

Download full details about the project below:

If you would like to take part you can register your interest using the following links:

Please register by 26 July 2017, or email if you would like further information. Please note, places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and workshops cannot be guaranteed to all schools who wish to take part if demand is very high.