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MOBIE Campus design challenge

MOBIE Campus design challenge 2018

Welcome to the future

Any young person thinking about a future in architecture, engineering and construction might  have noticed that technology is transforming the way we design, engineer and construct buildings.

The future is SO EXCITING, and we’re thrilled to be working with two innovative organisations, Carbon Dynamic and MOBIE, to bring this year’s COYO CHALLENGE to your school.

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Carbon Dynamic

Carbon Dynamic

Carbon Dynamic is a world leader in sustainable timber manufacture, designing and manufacturing beautiful timber modular buildings. The organisation’s mantra is “Buildings that don’t cost the earth”, and each building offers exceptional levels of insulation, airtightness and sustainability.

Carbon Dynamic has recently been commissioned to manufacture a state of the art student village at the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology.

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Carbon Dynamic team



Architect George Clarke has recently launched ‘MOBIE’, the Ministry of Building Innovation + Education (MOBIE), to inspire young people to innovate in the creative thinking, design and construction of homes that will define how they want to live now, and in the future.

In conjunction with Teesside University and Tees Valley Combined Authority and Harlow College and Essex County Council, MOBIE has developed a suite of HNC, HND and degree courses in Advanced Home Construction.

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The challenge

Teeside University is looking to redevelop student accommodations on their site in Middlesbrough. The University owns seven buildings that will be demolished to make space for you to create a new modular development.

We want you to design modular student accommodation for those looking to study Advanced Home Construction this September.

Think about a space that you would like to live in – a home from home that provides modern, efficient independent living for each student.

How to enter

The ‘MOBIE campus design challenge’ is open to the following students in the UK:

  • Secondary school age 11-14
  • Secondary school age 14-16
  • Sixth form and FE college age 16-18

Each school should enter a maximum of one team of up to six members in each age category.

Registration is open. Click here to sign up now


  • Plans and elevations*
  • Photograph of your model
  • A Report (max. 6 x A4 Pages) about your design and how your model has been tested for structural stability

Submitting your Entry

Please send your entries to If your file is large, you might consider using Dropbox, WeTransfer or similar. Don’t forget to include your Team name, school and year group on all your documents!

*Use a suitable scale
and submit in PDF FORMAT


Hand-drawn or digital - the choice is yours

If you’re good with pens and pencils, get creative on paper.

If you prefer a digital approach, you can use any drawing/modelling software to present your designs. Just make sure you can submit them in PDF format.

Plan carefully

It may help you to use graph paper for your plans.

Keep an eye on scale

When doing your plans and drawings, think about an appropriate scale for the size of paper you are using. A friendly design technology and/or maths teacher can help here!

Get a professional helping hand

Get in touch with local built environment professionals in architecture, landscape, surveying and engineering; local house builders can help too.

Get talking about inclusion

Get your team together for a discussion about what “inclusive sustainable design” means for ANYONE and EVERYONE in the student community.

Check you've met the criteria

The student pod must:

  • provide living space for one student
  • be suitable for everyday living
  • be able to be replicated
  • be strong enough to stack
  • be kind to the environment
Clear up any queries

If there is anything you are not sure about, all you need to do is get in touch

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We’ve had a few questions from students.

If you have a burning question, it might already be answered here…

Q. Is there a limit on amount of tech that can be included?

A. There is no limit.

Q. Is there a budget to work towards?

A. There is no set budget – but we would expect you to be sensible. The University will want to provide affordable student accommodation.

Q. Do we need to have a selected location?

A. The location is Teeside University, MOBIE Campus.

Do we need to include Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) plans?

A. Your call. If it helps you to demonstrate how your plan comes together, you can include them.

Key dates

Competition Opens
Tuesday 23rd April 2018

Closing Date
Friday 19th October 2018

Prize Day
Monday 26th November
Winners will be invited to join MOBIE for the day at Teeside University

Meet our judges

George Clarke - Creative Director
George Clarke + Partners

George Clarke - Architect

George Clarke is an architect, TV presenter and Creative Director of architectural practice George Clarke + Partners. He has set up an independent television production company, Amazing Productions, to focus on factual programming for all the main UK broadcasters. George also enjoys lecturing and is passionate about the way architecture can transform our everyday lives; his aim is to make architecture popular and accessible to everyone.

George is an ambassador for Shelter, The Maggie Centre’s, The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community and City & Country Group. George is also patron of Knights Youth Centre, the Civic Trust Awards and passionate supporter of Sunderland Football Club – so much so that he is a Trustee of The Foundation of Light.

Most recently George is a founding trustee of the Ministry Of Building Innovation & Education (MOBIE) a charity that is working to address the skills shortage in the house building industry.

Ray Elysee - Principal at Ray Elysee Associates

Ray Elysee

Ray Elysee started his design consultancy in 1984, specialising in Retail and Leisure industries. Over the past thirty years, he has designed and created over 1500 stores in UK, Europe, the Far East and South America for several major retailers, including the launch of optical stores throughout Eastern Europe. Following his return to the UK in 2000, he has continued his passion for design with higher education, delivering lectures and workshops on Building information modelling and Sustainability.

An ongoing interest is researching homes for an ageing population and he is now part of a team supporting future professionals through their MSc at MOBIE, exploring Future Thinking Technologies.

Max Garcia - Design & Engineering Manager
Carbon Dynamic

Max is Carbon Dynamic’s French-born project engineer. His mission since 2014 has been to integrate BIM driven DfMA processes with lean manufacturing techniques & facilitate an interoperability culture.

He is finalising his MSc in Advanced Structural Engineering, which is geared towards investigating the environmental impact of structural systems for a more sustainable modular approach.

He has been involved with Centre of Construction + Innovative Structures at Edinburgh Napier University in the development of the Built Environment Exchange ( for which he is now an ambassador and Carbon Dynamic the earliest adopter.

Matt Stevenson - Managing Director
Carbon Dynamic

Matt Stevenson Carbon Dynamic

Matt envisions a greener future for the building industry, he inspires his workforce and they too share his desire to make an environmental and social impact. Matt and his family moved to the Highlands tempted by the freedom, space and opportunities it offered.

Matt has assembled a hugely diverse team including a variety of backgrounds, ages and nationalities. This fusion has enabled Carbon Dynamic to become pioneers in their industry.

John Haylett & Sam Boome - DEC Graduates

John Haylett and Sam Boone

Sam Boone and John Haylett are Year 13 students from Clacton Coastal Academy, currently studying the Design Engineer Construct! learning programme alongside A levels.

Throughout their DEC studies, they have grown in self-confidence, are hugely motivated individuals and have developed a clear understanding of BIM methodology and the use of digital modelling techniques.

The boys formed the winning team in the 2017 DEC ‘Home for Everyone’ Challenge and went on to present their designs to experts responsible for inclusive design at the 2012 Olympic Games. Both students have developed a house building scheme as their Level 3 DEC design project.

Both Sam and John have recently been offered employment at Ingleton Wood and Atkins Global respectively, and are about to venture into a Degree Apprenticeship. Sam will study Building Services Engineering at London South Bank University and John will study Building Surveying at Anglia Ruskin University.

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