Entries for The Architecture Drawing Prize 2022 are now open!

Date 04.07.2022

Make, Sir John Soane’s Museum and the World Architecture Festival (WAF) are calling for entries for the sixth 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).

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Marc Brousse, 'Dear Hashima', hand-drawn winner of the 2020 Architecture Drawing Prize

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 director of Sir John Soane’s Museum, Bruce Boucher; artist, Pablo Bronstein; founder of Lily Jencks Studio, Lily Jencks; artists, Ben Langlands & Nikki Bell; Iris Ceramica Group CEO, Federica Minozzi; senior partner at Foster + Partners, Narinder Sagoo and founder of Make Architects, Ken Shuttleworth.

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Lukas Göbl, 'City of Beautiful Bodies IV', hybrid category winner of the 2018 Architecture Drawing Prize

Paul Finch, programme director of the World Architecture Festival and chair of the judging panel, comments: “We are delighted to launch the sixth 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.”

Bruce Boucher, director of Sir John Soane’s Museum comments: “Sir John Soane’s Museum is pleased to partner with Make Architects and WAF in hosting the sixth edition of The Architecture Drawing Prize. This event has become a showcase for the best in contemporary draughtsmanship across media, which remains central to architectural practice today, and the Soane Museum is an appropriate venue for exhibiting both the winning and commended drawings.”

Ken Shuttleworth, founder of Make Architects adds: “Drawing is a special tie, a strong common ground between architects and artists. Our studio’s role in promoting drawing is an important way for us to explain and celebrate the design process while continuing to explore the elements that make architecture special.”

Federica Minozzi, CEO of the Iris Ceramica Group comments: “The power of drawing is a kind of marvel. Our hands can perfectly combine the process of design and thought. This simple act makes it possible to move between the worlds of matter and thought bringing to life ideas into something buildable. Hence the importance of the Prize that assumes a prominent role in reflecting architectural creativity.”

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Anton Markus Pasing, ‘City in a box: paradox memories’, overall winner of the 2019 Architecture Drawing Prize

The entry deadline for all submissions is 9 September 2022. The shortlist and winners will be decided in October and then go on display at the World Architecture Festival in Lisbon from 30 November to 2 December 2022. Category winners will receive complimentary tickets to the event, which will include a panel discussion featuring a number of the award judges and a gala dinner award presentation ceremony.

The overall 2022 winner will be announced at the preview of The Architecture Drawing Prize exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum, which will run from February 8 to May 7, 2023, and 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: https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/live/en/page/drawing-prize or follow us on Instagram: @architecturedrawingprize.

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Antonio Paoletti, 'Reconfiguring Addis Ababa’s Narratives – Storytelling for Architecture', hand-drawn winner of the 2021 Architecture Drawing Prize
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