HRH, The Prince of Wales to chair design competition

Following the tremendous success of the Prince’s Arts & Crafts House at the Ideal Home Show 2012 we are pleased to announce an exciting competition ahead of next year. 

In a unique opportunity, candidates are invited to send in their designs for a 2013 version of the Prince’s House, with the winning design to be built at next year’s Ideal Home Show. The winner also receive a prize of £5,000, and will see their design added to a real development site following the show. 

An expert panel chaired by HRH, The Prince of Wales, and including our ambassador, TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp, will decide which design best reflects our ethos and commitment to the designing of lasting, beautiful and sustainable homes. 

Budding young architects and designers under the age of 40 are encouraged to muster all their creative energy and help us realise our vision of an environmentally friendly house, that someone would want to call their home.

Our Chief Executive, 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."

The Prince’s House currently has two variants; the Prince’s Natural House and the Prince’s Arts and Crafts House, both designed to appeal to the general public, offering sustainable and beautiful design in the same package. 

In keeping with this theme, entries are encouraged to utilise traditional design elements to create a low-energy home that would look beautiful in a street of similar houses and appeal to potential future home owners. 

The judging panel will include notable names from the industry, including James Hopkins, Director of Hopkins Homes, Ellis Woodman, Editor of Building Design, and our Chief Executive Hank Dittmar.

Our ambassador George Clarke will also be on the panel, alongside Media 10 Director Lee Newton. 

The competition will be run in conjunction with Media 10, owners of the Ideal Home Show, as part of our five year partnership. Throughout the first and second year of this partnership our aim has been to showcase the principles behind a beautiful, environmentally-friendly home whilst raising awareness of the value of sustainable design. 

Lee 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."

The design will be judged on four key criteria including ingenuity, firmness, commodity and delight, and will aim to incorporate the key elements of what makes up a Prince’s House. 

For a full list of required specifications, and to find out more about entering the competition use the links provided on the right-hand side.

The deadline for submissions is the 11th of September, all enquiries can be sent to

To see more of the Prince’s Arts & Crafts House at this year’s Ideal Home Show watch our short video.