At EG, we celebrate innovative thinking in the built environment. To help support creative thinking amongst the industry’s next generation, we are launching an annual student essay competition, which will be judged by a panel of leading industry professionals and academics.

Who’s eligible?
Apprentices, undergraduates and post graduates in real estate.

What do we want?
In no more than 1,200 words, we’d like you to read the view expressed below by Eden Dwek in The Future of Real Estate – a next generation view (EG, 9 January) – and respond to it.

  • Do you agree with the sentiments expressed?
  • What will the office look like in a post-Covid world?
  • How will the pace of technological change transform the places in which we live and work in the future? 
  • How should the sector respond to these challenges?

Explore these themes and offer your own vision for 2021 and beyond.

The Future of Real Estate - a next generation view
Eden Dwek, Director of Expansion, WiredScore


2020 has forced us to rethink why people come to the office. Instead of relying on the office as the default place to work, the industry needs to focus on the characteristics that make the office a space that promotes productivity, social interaction and collaboration. The concept of the office is here to stay, but what that office looks like in a post-Covid world is another question.


The evolution of mobile connectivity, with the introduction of 5G, will have wide-ranging implications for our industry and the wider built environment. It is set to trigger one of the biggest technology changes since the industrial revolution, touching almost every sector. It will enable remote surgery, allowing us to move away from centralised hospitals towards community-based healthcare environments. This will improve life expectancy and create new opportunities for later living amenities.

It will allow autonomous vehicles to operate, which will change the layout of our streets, with vacant parked cars a thing of the past, and mobility-as-a-service truly realised. And it will enable the development of a new generation of smart buildings, where offices of the future will be able to autonomously provide the optimal conditions for productivity, collaboration and engagement. These are only a handful of examples of how 5G will change how we think about real estate, and how we design places, in the coming years.


If data is the new gold, then behavioural scientists are the ones selling the shovels. Data means nothing without appropriate insight analysis driving informed actions.

You can find a link to the full article on EG here

How will it be assessed?
You have until Saturday 15 May to make your submission. All submissions will then be reviewed by our panel, with the winner announced in the EG in June.

The winning essay, along with the two runners up, will be published in EG. The winner will also receive a year’s free subscription to the EG magazine digital edition, mentoring from one of the industry judges and £250 in vouchers. Mentoring will also be available for the two runners up. 

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