CIF Challenge

CIF Schools Challenge 2021/22

Building the Future



Congratulations to our CIF School Challenge 2021/22 Winners !

1st Place – Mount Sackville Secondary School, Chapelizod, Dublin

2nd Place – New Cross College, Finglas, Dublin

3rd Place – Galway City Youthreach, Galway

The winning entry “Radharc na Life” (“The Liffey View”) proposed a sustainable housing development on Knockmaroon Hill, Castleknock, Dublin 20. The winning students from Mount Sackville team will present their designs at the WorldSkills Ireland Live Event in the RDS in September 2022.  In addition, they will receive a day’s “Construction Experience” provided by Technical University Dublin and a TOPCON Complete construction package to include most up to date laser equipment and a half day instruction, as well as a prize for each of team members. Congratulations are also due to New Cross College, with its sustainable housing development proposal, and Galway City Youthreach with their housing and apartments scheme in Galway, claiming second and third place, respectively.

View the 2021/22 Awards Ceremony below !

Building the Future

There has never been a more exciting time to work in the construction industry as it can offer an exciting career in many varied roles.

Everywhere you look – the construction industry has designed and built all that you see – the hospital you were born in, the house you live in, the roads you travel on, your school, shops, other key life enhancing “built” infrastructure.

All this been designed, engineered and constructed by people like you.

Life as we know it would not exist without the people who create our built environment – i.e.  all the things that are constructed by people that make our lives better.

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The winning teams and their schools will receive the following prizes. All entries and team members will receive a certificate of merit in recognition of their work

1st Place

Present their winning designs at the WorldSkills Ireland live event in the RDS in September 2022

A days “Construction Experience” provided by Technological University Dublin (TUD)

A TOPCON Complete construction package to include most up to date laser equipment and ½ day instruction

Prize for each team member

2nd Place

Present their design at WorldSkills Ireland live event in the RDS in September 2022

TOPCON Construction package to include most up to date equipment plus ½ day instruction

Prize for each team member

3rd Place

Present their design at WorldSkills Ireland live event in the RDS in September 2022

TOPCON Measuring equipment

Prize for each team member

A message from Tom Parlon

Director General , CIF


Welcome to the construction industry!

Thank you for taking in part in our challenge and I look forward to seeing your amazing designs in the coming months.

We hope that your involvement in this challenge will inspire your imagination and encourage you to consider the world changing careers that are available in the construction sector.

I want to encourage you to reach out to the industry for help in this challenge – we can be contacted on [email protected]

I wish you all the best of luck.

A message from Mark FitzGerald

Sherry FitzGerald

Good architecture and sustainable design enhance humanity in the world.  Every generation in Ireland will benefit from your creativity and your ideas. Let’s create a vision of an Ireland for all.

We need to build a better and more sustainable society through the built environment. We’ve got many of the big things right in Ireland, but we’ve under-estimated the challenge of getting the built environment right. It is the biggest challenge of the 21st century.

You don’t just need accommodation, you need really interesting jobs and careers.  This is your country, this is your society.  We owe it to your generation to give you the opportunity to make a difference.

Competition Videos

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Competition FAQs

The competition is open to all students in Senior Cycle in second level and Youthreach.

The competition is unfortunately closed and no further entries are being considered for this year.

The closing date for submission for the CIF Schools Challenge 2021/22 was 4th March 2022.

No, you don’t have to use Autodesk software to make an entry.

Yes – there is no restriction on team sizes.

Learning Resources

Get Access to Autodesk Products

*Free Autodesk software and/or cloud-based services are subject to acceptance of and compliance with the terms of use or other applicable terms that accompany such software or cloud-based services. Software and cloud-based services subject to an Educational license may be used solely for Educational Purposes and shall not be used for commercial, professional, or any other for-profit purposes. Learn more.

Access to the Autodesk Construction cloud will be provided to Teachers through CIF Challenge Registration

FormIt is an intuitive 3D sketching tool for the conceptual design phase: Design anywhere, anytime within a simple and powerful design environment.

Make informed design decisions with site context, solar impact, and energy analysis. Connect conceptual designs to BIM workflows with native Revit integration.

Revit is BIM software that brings all architecture, engineering, and construction disciplines into a unified modeling environment, driving more efficient and cost-effective projects.

Autodesk Construction Cloud connects workflows, teams, and data at every stage of construction to reduce risk, maximize efficiency, and increase profits.

  • Free Learning Resources for the Autodesk Construction Cloud:

ReCap™ Pro is a 3D scanning software to transform the physical world into a digital asset. With reality capture data you can better understand and verify existing and as-built conditions to gain insights and make better decisions.

Autodesk will provide three short tutorials as listed below to participants to explain the use of the software;

  1. For  IT administrators / Teachers: how to install Autodesk Software
  2. For Teachers / Students: Manage & Submit Student Projects using the Autodesk Construction Cloud
  3. For Teacher / Students: An Introduction to Formit 3D
  4. For Teacher / Students: Design in 3D collaboratively & remotely using Autodesk FormIt Pro (or view Workflow)

Should further clarification be required, CIF can organise a Q&A session

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A look back at the 2020/21 schools competition !