The Big Mack Build

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The Big Mack Build

The Glasgow Institute of Architects, in collaboration with Glasgow Life, Glasgow Doors Open Day and Mackintosh at the Willow, are launching an exciting live-build competition during the Glasgow Doors Open Day weekend to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Taking place from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th of September, the competition will see the Billiard Room at ‘Mackintosh at the Willow’ on Sauchiehall Street inhabited and transformed by an installation built entirely from cardboard, which will enhance the Mackintosh-designed space.

Entrants are asked to propose an installation designed from cardboard, which will inhabit and enhance the architectural quality of the Mackintosh-designed interior and compliment the space. The winning entry will be taken forward and developed for construction during the Glasgow Doors Open Day festival and will form part of the official Mackintosh 150 programme of celebrations celebrating the architects work. Cash prizes will also be awarded, with £1000 available for the winning entry, £250 for runner-up, and £100 for third place.

The installation will be accessible for viewing by the public during the Glasgow Doors Open Day weekend, and entrants are asked to consider how the general public will interact with and experience their installation.


The Brief

The brief and entry forms can be downloaded here:


Entry Form


Submission Requirements and Eligibility

Entrants are asked to submit 2no A2 sheets in PDF format describing their design proposal, including aspects of how the proposal will be constructed. Entrants are also asked to submit the completed entry form and a summary statement of 100 words concisely describing their proposal.

The competition is free to enter and is open to all UK-based students of architecture, art, design, sculpture and furniture-making whose age does not exceed thirty years on the 3rd August 2018. Individuals may submit multiple entries, but these must be registered separately. Please e-mail your submission to by 2100hrs on Friday 10th August 2018.

Results will be announced on the GIA website on Friday 17th August 2018.

The winning entry will be taken forward for design development by the winning entrants in collaboration with Glasgow-based practice Dress for the Weather. The winning entry will be constructed on Thursday 13th September 2018.