Building the Future Commission announces Future Thinkers Award

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Building has today launched an ideas competition for younger construction professionals.

The Future Thinkers Award seeks to harness the most innovative thinking from under 35-year-olds across the industry.

The competition is part of the Building the Future Commission, Building’s ambitious 12-month project to improve the built environment.

The competition invites younger professionals to submit an idea to improve the built environment. This could an pitch for new ways of working, innovative uses of technology or policy proposals to improve the industry as a whole, or something completely different.

Applicants will be asked to explain their big idea in a written piece of no more than 500 words and will also have the option to record a two-minute video pitch with further details.

The winning entrant will receive an award at the Building the Future Commission Conference in London 27 September. They will also have their idea featured in Building magazine.

The winner will be chosen by our Building the Future Commissioners, who are all leading figures drawn from the worlds of business, policy, research and education.

Ideas will be considered across any of our eight commission streams, namely skills and education, energy and net zero, housing and planning, infrastructure, building safety, project delivery, workplace culture and leadership and creating communities.

The competition is open to anybody aged 35 or under working in the built environment.

To enter email your 500-word submission and optional short video file to The closing date for entries is 18 August.

Join us for the Building the Future Commission Conference on 27 September - buy your tickets here


Join the Building the Future Commission Conference in Westminster on 27 September to hear from leading figures across the construction industry and find out more about the work of the commission.

The day will include panel debates on net zero, digital transformation and building safety  as well as talks from high-profile keynote speakers on future trends and ideas that could transform the sector.

There will also be the chance to feed in your ideas to the commission and to network with other industry professionals keen to share knowledge. 

About the commission

The Building the Future Commission is a 12-month project looking at radical and challenging ideas that could help transform the built environment.

The campaign aims to tap into innovative ideas, amplify them and be an agent for change.

The major project’s work will be guided by a panel of major figures who have signed up to help shape the commission’s work culminating in a report published at the end of the year.

The commissioners include figures from the world of contracting, housing development, architecture, policy-making, skills, design, place-making, infrastructure, consultancy and legal. See the full list here.

The project is looking at proposals for change in eight areas:

>> Editor’s view: And now for something completely positive - our Building the Future Commission

>> Click here for more about the project and the commissioners

Building the Future is also undertaking a countrywide tour of roundtable discussions with experts around the regions as part of a consultation programme in partnership with the regional arms of industry body Constructing Excellence. There is also a young person’s advisory panel.

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