The category winners and finalists for 2022 have now been revealed!

The Architecture Drawing prize was launched in 2017 by Make Architects , Sir John Soane’s Museum and the World Architecture Festival. The prize, sponsored by Iris Ceramica Group, was established to celebrate and showcase the art and skill of architectural drawing in three categories: hand-drawn, hybrid and digital.

This year, the prize has attracted 138 entries with a strong majority of hand-drawn entries. As in previous years, the submissions have come from architects, designers and students from around the world, attesting to the truly international nature of the Prize and the great skill and originality of entrants.

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 Michael 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.”

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 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.”

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 (08/02-07/05/23) and the Overall Winner for 2022 will be announced at the Museum’s Architecture Drawing Prize exhibition preview.

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THE 2022 CATEGORY WINNERS

Hand-Drawn Category Shortlist


Digital Category Shortlist


Hybrid Category Shortlist




MEET THE 2022 JUDGES

Director
Sir John Soane's Museum
Director
World Architecture Festival
Co-Found
Lily Jenks Studio, JencksSquared
Artists
Langlands & Bell
CEO
Iris Ceramica Group
Senior Partner
Foster + Partners
Founder
Make Architects

2021 WINNERS AND SHORTLIST


Take a look at the 2021 winners and shortlist drawings across three categories, Hand-drawn, Digital and Hybrid.

Entries were welcomed from architects, designers and students from around the world. There was also a special prize focused on the global lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic chosen from all the entries. The Lockdown Prize focused on a drawing completed during lockdown or a drawing relating to the changes that Covid-19 will bring to architecture.

HEAR FROM THe 2021 winners

Winners of The Architecture Drawing Prize 2021 were announced on Tuesday 30 November 2021.

Chaired by Paul Finch, the winning entrants discussed their work at an online event with members of the 2021 judging panel, including Ken Shuttleworth (Make Architects), Louise Stewart (Soane Museum), Lily Jencks (Lily Jencks Studio) and Narinder Sagoo (Foster & Partners).

ENTER THE 2022 COMPETITION

FAQS

Categories:

  1. Hand-drawing
  2. Digital (must be a still image, not animated)
  3. Hybrid (a combination of the two)

Each category offers a discounted rate for those under 30 or a student. Use the code UNDER30 for a £50 discount. You will also have to supply your date of birth and/or school name.

The judges will also choose an overall winner from the category winners.

The judges will be looking for: 

  • Technical skill
  • Success in conveying a design idea, be it a general concept or a specific proposal
  • Originality of approach
  • Quality of drawing irrespective of the project it may represent (built, unbuilt or purely conceptual)
  • Extent to which the drawing makes a proposition about architecture, rather than simply recording it

The judging will take place in October 2022. Entrants will be informed shortly afterwards if they are a finalist.

Drawings must have been completed over the past 18 months. 

Entries may not be submitted by individuals working for the same organisation as any of the judges.

To enter the prize you need to upload an image of your drawing to the online entry system. 

For finalists and winners:

The finalists are asked to kindly leave originals with The Architecture Drawing Prize team until May 2023 so that these can be exhibited at Sir John Soane’s Museum from February to May 2023.

The winning drawings will also be on display at the World Architecture Festival in Lisbon from the 31 November to the 2 December 2022.

It is the individual entrants responsibility to send their drawings to the World Architecture Festival 2022 in Lisbon (30 November - 2 December 2022) and to the Sir John Soane's Museum in London for the exhibition running in February 2023.

Standard: £99 (+VAT where applicable)

Students and under 30s: £49 (+VAT where applicable). Use the code UNDER30 for a £50 discount. You will also have to supply your date of birth and/or school name.

Extended entry deadline: 23 September 2022