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ARCHIVE How to enter CIOB competition

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  • This competition is open to anyone over the age of 18. You do not have to be a member of The Chartered Institute of Building. You do not have to live in the UK.
  • Your article must be on a subject related to one of the following areas:
  1. Property development.
  2. Construction law.
  3. Building project management.
  4. Building design.
  5. Construction.
  • Your article must be based on UK practice and written in UK English.
  • We recommend your article is between 500 and 4,000 words.
  • Your article must be a new article on Designing Buildings Wiki.
  • Your article must be your own work and free from any copyright restrictions (including images).
  • You may submit up to three articles.

How to enter

  • Register as a user on the site.
  • Log-in (otherwise we won't know who wrote your article).
  • Click on the link ‘Click HERE to create a new article’ that appears on every page and follow the two simple steps to create your article.
  • Add your article to the ‘CIOB Competition’ category - just click on the tick box at the bottom of your article.

If you want to, you can create a 'page about me' that tells other people who you are and how to get in touch with you. If you don't create a 'page about me', you must leave 'Enable e-mail from other users' ticked on your 'my preferences' page, otherwise we will have no way of contacting you.

Writing style

  • Choose an 'encyclopaedic' subject - something factual.
  • Use a neutral writing style, never use the words ‘I’ or ‘we’. Treat your article as if it's for an encyclopaedia or Wikipedia. Have a look at our quick style guide for more information.
  • Identify quotes clearly. Put a number in brackets after quotes (1) and then reference the sources at the end of the article (1) Ref...........
  • We strongly recommend that you ask someone else to proof-read your article.

Using the text editor

  • Keep your formatting simple. This is a website, not a full-on word processor. Stick to simple headings, plain text, bulleted lists and numbered lists.
  • You can write your article in another application (such as Word) and paste it into the wiki, but make sure the formatting is very simple, or paste it as plain text (click on the 'paste as plain' text button) and then format it.


  1. Accuracy and thoroughness of research.
  2. Usefulness to other people.
  3. Clarity of writing.
  4. Adoption of an encyclopaedic writing style.
  5. Compliance with the rules set out on this page and in the terms and conditions.
  • The winner and commended entries will be announced in June 2013.


Any enquiries should be emailed to [email protected].