One week left to enter The Architecture Drawing Prize

Sep 27, 2021
  • Article by Elisa Scarton

There’s just one week left to get your drawings in front of a global stage in The Architecture Drawing Prize – the world’s largest architecture drawing prize.

Entries for the 2021 edition close this Friday 1 October 2021 with the winners and shortlist displayed at the World Architecture Festival in Lisbon later this year.

Apartment #5, a Labyrinth and Repository of Spatial Memories by Clement Laurencio, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

Launched in 2017, The Architecture Drawing Prize showcases the art and skill of architects, designers and students, in particular, in three categories – hand-drawn, digital and hybrid (a combination of the two).

For the second year, the program will also include a special lockdown prize, which focuses on a drawing completed during lockdown or related to the changes that COVID-19 will bring to architecture.

Submissions across the three categories will be evaluated on the basis of their technical skill, originality in approach and ability to convey an architectural idea.

Drawings can be entirely speculative or relate to real projects.

Airplane Tower by Victor Hugo Azevedo and Cheryl Lu Xu, Robert A. M. Stern Architects.

This year’s judges include Make Architects’ Ken Shuttleworth alongside Foster + Partners senior partner Narinder Sagoo, London architect Lily Jencks and artists Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell.

For under-30s, the entry fee is around $45, while the standard submission costs $369. Enter via the World Architecture website.

Dear Hashima by Marc Brousse.

In 2020, the Overall winner was Clement Laurencio from the Bartlett School of Architecture for Apartment #5.

Set both in real and imaginary space, the project sought to re-create the atmospheres and spatial conditions of places remembered through memories in response to the difficult, unsafe and restricted travel conditions brought about by the pandemic.

Re-Reading Metropolis by Chenglin Able, University of California, Berkeley.

Laurencio was joined by fellow hand-drawn winner Marc Brousse for Dear Hashima –  an “Atlas of lost, found and future civilisations” inspired by the original plans of Carthage, Pompeii, Shanzi, Theotihuacan, AngkorVat, Mandu, Hashima and Massada.

The year’s Digital winner was Berkeley’s Chenglin Able for Re-Reading Metropolis – an analytical plan drawing that works with scales from that of the city down to that of the individual.

While the inaugural Lockdown prize winner constructed a tower from aeroplane fuselages in Victor Hugo Azevedo and Cheryl Lu Xu’s Airplane Tower.

Lead image: 2020 Digital commended drawing Fetching a Bucket of Steam by Jack Ingham, Newcastle University.

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