Call for entries to The Architecture Drawing Prize 2023

In partnership with Make and Sir John Soane’s Museum, World Architecture Festival (WAF) announces the call for entries for the seventh edition of The Architecture Drawing Prize, sponsored by Iris Ceramica Group. Launched in 2017, the Prize was established to celebrate and showcase the art and skill of architectural drawing.

In the spirit of work by great architects of the past, from Palladio and John Soane to Le Corbusier and Cedric Price, The Architecture Drawing Prize is a platform for reflecting on and exploring how drawing continues to advance the art of architecture today. It embraces the creative use of digital tools and digitally produced renderings, while recognising the enduring importance of hand drawing.

WAF invites entries of all types and forms – from conceptual to technical or construction drawings, cutaways or perspective views – and anything in between. Entries are welcomed from architects, designers and students from around the world in the following categories: Hand-drawn, Digital and Hybrid (combining the two).

Submissions across the three categories will be evaluated based on their technical skill, originality of approach and ability to convey an architectural idea. Drawings can be entirely speculative or relate to real projects.

This year’s judges are Founder of Lily Jencks Studio, Lily Jencks; Artists Ben Langlands & Nikki Bell; Artist Pablo Bronstein; Iris Ceramica Group CEO, Federica Minozzi; Senior Partner at Foster + Partners, Narinder Sagoo, Founder of Make, Ken Shuttleworth; and Head of Exhibitions at Sir John Soane’s Museum, Louise Stewart.

Paul Finch, Programme Director of the World Architecture Festival and Chair of the judging panel, comments: “We are delighted to launch the seventh year of The Architecture Drawing Prize, which has become an important fixture and highlight within the World Architecture Festival programme. We’re also delighted to have the Iris Ceramica Group, who carry a strong interest in the culture of architecture, as our distinguished sponsors.”

Louise Stewart, Head of Exhibitions of Sir John Soane’s Museum, says: “Sir John Soane’s Museum is very happy to partner with Make Architects and WAF in hosting the seventh edition of The Architecture Drawing Prize, which has become a celebrated showcase for the best in contemporary draughtsmanship across media. Drawing remains central to architectural practice today, just as it was to Sir John Soane and his architectural pupils, working in his Drawing Office – as such, the Museum is the perfect venue for exhibiting these extraordinary works.”

Overall and Hybrid Winner 2021 | Dafni Filippa, 'Flood-responsive landscape performance'
Hand-drawn Winner 2020 | Marc Brousse, 'Dear Hashima'

Ken Shuttleworth, Founder of Make, adds: “Drawing was what made me want to become an architect. Yet, I have seen that among students and many architects, drawing is not valued enough – particularly as a way of exploring ideas. This is why we wanted a prize that would create a platform for drawing.”

Federica Minozzi, CEO of Iris Ceramica Group, comments: “Architecture can combine technology and sustainability in order to stimulate more significant interactions between humans and the environment. The Architecture Drawing Prize is a brilliant opportunity to demonstrate the genius of people and the desire to experiment. Hence the importance of the Prize: it assumes a prominent role in reflecting architectural creativity.”

The entry deadline for all submissions is 8 September, 2023. The shortlist and winners will be announced in October and then go on display at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore from 29 November to 1 December, 2023. Category winners will receive complimentary tickets to the Festival, which will include a panel discussion featuring a number of award judges and a gala dinner award presentation ceremony.

Digital shortlist 2022 | Meichen Duan, Shirley Ziyun Guo and Ioanna Petropoulou, 'Mnemosyne'

The overall 2023 winner will be announced at the private preview of The Architecture Drawing Prize exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum, which will run from 31 January to 3 March, 2024 and will feature a selection of winning and shortlisted entries. WAF will fund the overall winner to attend this preview event in London.

Standard submission entry for the prize is £99 with a reduced rate of £49 for all entries by students and under-30s. There is also a multiple entry discount offered when submitting three or more projects. Entrants should use the code STANDARDMULTI10 or STUDENTMULTI10 at the checkout to save 10%.

For full details on how to enter The Architecture Drawing Prize, visit the main website or follow @architecturedrawingprize on Instagram.

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