The 2022 Architecture Drawing Prize category winners announced

Currently in its 6th year, The Architecture Drawing Prize continues to celebrate the art of drawing in three categories: hand-drawn, hybrid and digital. This year, the Prize is sponsored by Iris Ceramica and has attracted 138 entries with a strong majority of hand-drawn entries. As in previous years, the submissions are from around the world, attesting to the truly international nature of the Prize and the great skill and originality of entrants.

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The Spirit of Mountain, Weicheng Ye

The 2022 winner of the hand-drawn category is ‘The Spirit of Mountain’ by Weicheng Ye. Drawn with pencil, the exceptionally atmospheric work explores the relationship between the man-made and nature. The Architecture Drawing Prize Jury Chair and Director of the World Architecture Festival (WAF), Paul Finch, describes the work:

“This is a drawing of great delicacy which highlights the difference between a tall-building aesthetic, and the possibility of disrupting it in a creative way via the insertion of nature as artistic intervention. A very worthy winner.”

The 2022 hybrid category winner is ‘Fitzroy Food Institute’ by Samuel Wen and Mike Ren. The drawing explores themes around Chinese culture, globalisation and automation. Ken Shuttleworth, founder of Make Architects and one of the eight Prize judges, comments:

“Fitzroy Food Institute stands out for its well-considered and subtle use of colour. It’s a very accessible drawing looking over a shared meal at a table; yet it is full of architectural interest featuring not only a plan, but sections and elevations as well as detail. A conceptually original and genuinely delightful entry.”

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Fitzroy Food Institute, Samuel Wen and Mike Ren

Anton Markus Pasing who was the overall winner of The Architecture Drawing Prize in 2019 was selected as digital category winner this year. His drawing ‘The Wall’ plays on ideas around the beginning, the end and the finite.

Artists Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell who have been on board The Architecture Drawing Prize as judges since its inception in 2017 explain why Pasing’s approach to drawing impressed the jury again:

“The Wall fills the view with a golden elevation: expansive and richly complex, it appears both vertical and horizontal, before us and below us, a terrain of construction and sedimented accumulation. It is not a border or a barrier, it is a space itself, a place of habitation, a record of social interaction. The wall is like time, it is history in the making.”

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Anton Markus Pasing, The Wall

The hand-drawn category shortlist also included:

  • The Temple of Gaia by Giorgos Christofi
  • Final Mexico Drawing by Ben Johnson
  • Homage to Corb by Dustin Wheat

The hybrid category shortlist also included:

  • The Stamper Battery by William du Toit
  • Traversing Dreamscapes by Sean Seah

The digital category shortlist also included:

  • The Minecraft Labyrinth – A Reclamation of Childhood by Eric Pham
  • Mnemosyne by Meichen Duan, Shirley Ziyun Guo and Ioanna Petropoulou

The Architecture Drawing Prize judges for 2022 are:

  • Nikki Bell and Ben Langlands, Artists
  • Bruce Boucher, Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum
  • Pablo Bronstein, Artist
  • Paul Finch, Director of World Architecture Festival (Chair of Jury)
  • Lily Jencks, Co-founder of Lily Jencks Studio, Jencks Squared
  • Federica Minozzi, CEO Iris Ceramica Group
  • Narinder Sagoo, Senior Partner at Foster + Partners
  • Ken Shuttleworth, Founder of Make Architects

The Architecture Drawing Prize is co-curated by Make Architects, Sir John Soane’s Museum and World Architecture Festival (WAF). 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.”

The 2022 sponsor is Iris Ceramica with ArchDaily and Floornature as Prize media partners. The shortlisted entries can be viewed on the World Architecture Festival website.

The category winners will be on display at the World Architecture Festival in Lisbon and presented their awards at the gala dinner on 2 December, 2022. In the first half of next year, the shortlisted drawings will be exhibited at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London (8 February–7 May) and the overall winner for 2022 will be announced at the Museum’s Architecture Drawing Prize exhibition preview.

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