The World Architecture Festival announced on July 22nd the new Architecture Drawing Prize call for submissions. The prize, which was new in 2017, celebrates the skill and innovation of architectural drawing, both by hand, by computer, and hybrid drawing. The point of the award is to honor the way that architectural drawings—not necessarily blueprints, but all forms of architectural drawing, including elevations, artists’ renderings, re-imaginings, cutaways, perspective views, and anything related—influence the world of architecture, construction and art.
This year the award, which is open to anyone, architect or not (though students are enthusiastically invited to participate—60% of last year’s shortlisted entrants were younger than 30), is centered on, of course, Covid-19 and its effect on the future of design. There is also a special award this year for drawings that were created solely during the lockdown.
Drawings will be judged according to technical skill, originality, and the ability to convey an architectural idea. The drawings can be speculative or real.
The winners will be put on display at Sir John Soane’s Museum in central London. (Sir John Soane owned a collection 30,000 architectural drawings and built the museum as a place where students and apprentices could draw.)
Last year’s overall winner was “City In a Box: Paradox Memories” by Anton Markus Passing. The hybrid category winner was “Metabolist of a Dementia Nation” by Jerome Ng. Hand-drawn winner was “Masterplan Radrapur, Bangladesh” by Anna Heringer.
Details about how to enter and the criteria for the competition can be found at https://thedrawingprize.worldarchitecturefestival.com