Overall winner of The Architecture Drawing Prize 2023 announced

The overall winner of the 2023 Architecture Drawing Prize was announced today by the World Architecture Festival and Prize co-curators Make Architects and Sir John Soane’s Museum.

The winner is a hybrid drawing entitled ‘(Re)membering the See Monster’ by Filipino architect and illustrator Eldry John Infante. Composed of ink on paper with skilful digital manipulation, Infante’s composition renders the transformation of a defunct oil platform and welcomes discussions that go beyond a structure’s physicality, while poetically exploring the theme of reuse — and thereby sustainability — in the built environment.


Head of Exhibitions at Sir John Soane’s Museum and Prize Judge, Louise Stewart, says: “We were impressed by this skilful and detailed drawing which has been digitally manipulated to create a very dynamic and varied composition. One of the drawing’s particular strengths is the way in which it uses a variety of visual languages, all of which convey information about how buildings work.”

The jury also praised Eldry John Infante’s drawing for its cinematic narrative and its imaginative collage-like play with different representational conventions in a way that deftly contributes to its storytelling.

Eldry John Infante sums up the experience: “My heartfelt gratitude to the jury of The Architecture Drawing Prize for this incredible honour. It’s surreal to think that the world would see a drawing I did at my desk at home. I am energised to continue learning and to share ideas through drawing.”


About the Prize and the annual Prize exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum

The Architecture Drawing Prize is an annual event receiving entries in three categories: hand-drawn, digital and hybrid. Each year, there are three category winners from which the judges select the overall winner. The 2023 winning drawings will be exhibited at Sir John Soane’s Museum together with the shortlisted submissions from the Prize, and opens to the public on 31 January until 3 March 2024.

The 2023 edition of the Prize and the exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum has been realised with the support of the Italian brand Iris Ceramica Group: one of the world leaders in the production of high-end ceramic surfaces.

Federica Minozzi, CEO of Iris Ceramica Group and Prize Judge, says: “We are really honoured to sponsor the Award for the second year. The Architecture Drawing Prize is a brilliant opportunity to demonstrate the genius of people and the desire to experiment. Hence the importance of it: it assumes a prominent role in reflecting architectural creativity.”

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