This week we are up in Cambridge running a design workshop for Masters students at the Laing O’Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology. The brief is based on the a real RIBA design competition held in 2004 to design a new research station for the British Antarctic Survey. On Tuesday, the students were given the design brief, which as setting out the operational requirements of the research station, also described the extreme Antarctic environment that the laboratory will need to withstand. On Thursday, the student’s initial concepts will be critiqued by video conference call with Chris Wise and Ed McCann down in London. On Friday, Chris and Ed will travel up to Cambridge to run a three hour intensive design and review session to round the activity up, at which the best design will be chosen.