The Brick Bay Sculpture Trust invites emerging architects to submit concepts for the annual Brick Bay Folly; a design-build competition that investigates the intersection between sculpture and architecture with temporary structures that intentionally serve no utilitarian purpose.

Architectural follies are found all over the world, and their purpose is to inspire and delight audiences. But even more importantly, folly projects provide a fantastic opportunity for emerging architects to test their ideas on a real life project, manage construction, solve contingencies and participate in physical construction.

The process is as important as the result, with the winning submission receiving a grant and technical assistance, and once complete, exposure that might not otherwise have been available to them.


Five finalists are selected in June 2024. One conceptual project will then be selected as the paramount winner which will be publicly announced in May 2025.

The successful team will receive a grant, as well as in-kind sponsorship, to the overall value of $30,000 towards realising the proposed project.

In addition to this, technical advice and support will be available throughout the project by Resene, Cassidy Construction, Structure Design, Cheshire Architects and Unitec.

The finished project will be installed and exhibited on the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail beginning in the first quarter of 2025 for a period of no less than 12 months and up to 24 months. The project will be documented by one of New Zealand’s leading architectural photographers, Samuel Hartnett.

An article promoting the Brick Bay Folly will be published in print in Architecture New Zealand and online at ArchitectureNow.


The intention of the folly competition is to create opportunities for emerging architects.

The Brick Bay Folly 2025 is open to teams who are:
● Recent architectural graduates (graduated within the last 10 years as at 1st of February 2024).
● Students currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral level architectural programme at a New Zealand tertiary institution (including international students who are currently enrolled in a New Zealand institution).


Submission deadline: 9am, Monday 10th June, 2024
Notification of finalists: late June 2024
Feasibility testing: July 2024
Development of design and revise schedule of works: August - October 2024
Offsite construction: November 2024 - January, 2025
Onsite installation: 2nd half of January - end of February 2025
100% completion of project: by 1st March 2025
Site regeneration, photography, media: March - April 2025
Opening Event at Brick Bay: May 2025


Image: Te Reo o te Hau (Voice of the Kōkōhau), 2023 Folly. Designed and built by Mathew Green, Seth Trocio, Chris Gandhi and William Creighton. Photo by Sam Hartnett