Drawing of the Year 2017, Architectural Contest, Architecture Sketches Competition

Drawing of the Year 2017 Competition

DOTY – ‘Habitation’ Theme: International Digital Technology Architectural Contest

4 Dec 2017

Drawing of the Year 2017 Competition Winner

Winner of the Drawing of the Year Competition – Utopia Theme


4 December 2017 – What is Everyday Utopia? 234 architecture students from around the world have asked themselves this question and submitted digital drawings for the competition Drawing of the Year 2017.

The approaches to the theme are as diverse as the techniques exercised in the digital drawings. Using combinations of the analogue pen, 3D renderings, collages and much more, the contestants have explored different aspects of everyday utopia and how it can be created in a chaotic world.

The jury was impressed by the overwhelming burst of creativity and clever concepts demonstrated in the drawings. The drawings show great technical skills combined with intelligent, playful and explorative takes on drawing as a craft.

Friday 1 December 2017 the winners and special mentions were announced at Aarhus School of Architecture.

The first prize went to Charles Weinberg and Shai Ben Ami from Belgium and Israel, the second prize to Richard Morrison from the UK and the third prize was won by Ifigeneia Liangi from Greece.

1st prize: The One Day Unit

Drawing of the Year 2017 Competition 1st prize

Charles Weinberg and Shai Ben Ami from Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Israel, win the first prize of EUR 5000 with a drawing where everyday experiences are composed into everyday utopia.

The drawing shows 29 globes organised in a grid to depict the numerous possibilities of organising the buildings, animals and people that create our lives and surroundings.

The jury especially emphasises the technical and conceptual qualities of the drawing: “The drawing is well composed and works in different scales – from a distance to close up where the rich details can be explored. Playful and artistic the drawing connects content, message, and illustration into a strong, beautiful drawing. It is open-minded and open-ended.”

2nd prize: Amazonia

Drawing of the Year 2017 Competition 2nd prize

The winner of the second prize of EUR 2000 is Richard Morrison from the University of Westminster, UK. His axonometric drawing shows how our world is organized for shopping and distribution. And the sections in the drawing give a view of the layers of advanced technique and structures supporting this way of living.

“The concept is overpowering, putting forward a precise idea and question. It is simultaneously political, architectural, detailed and explained. It is polemical. Our reliance on Amazon is already a reality, and the drawing of an everyday utopia becomes an extension of a future life we somehow already live,” says the jury.

3rd prize: Cinderella’s Lost Shoe

Drawing of the Year 2017 Competition 3rd prize

Ifigeneia Liangi from The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, UK, wins the third prize of EUR 1000 for her 3D rendered drawing of historical myths and fairytales.

The jury praises the drawing for the surreal and playful universe: “The drawing itself holds the energy of contradictions. It is technically very skilled and precise and supports the concept. Here, the everyday utopia is a quest – removed from society and normality to follow a dream.”

The Jury
• Moon Hoon (KR), architect and founder of Moon_Bal_Sso/MoonHoon Architects
• Trine Berthold (DK), architect and associate partner at schmidt / hammer / lassen architects
• Torben Nielsen (DK), architect and rector at Aarhus School of Architecture

24 Nov 2017

Drawing of the Year 2017 Competition Event

Drawing of the Year Competition – Utopia Theme

And the winner is…the big Drawing of the Year 2017 event is where the winners of the international student competition are announced, and an exhibition officially opened with a curated sample of the submitted drawings.

When: 1 December 2017, 14.00 – 16.00
Where: Aarhus School of Architecture, Exhibition Building, Nørreport 22, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark


• Welcome by Rector Torben Nielsen
• Announcement of the winners of Drawing Of The Year 2017
• Celebratory lecture by Architect and jury member Odile Decq (FR)
• Celebratory lecture by Architect and jury member Moon Hoon (KR)
• Exhibition opening and reception

Drawing of the Year 2017 Competition

The competition has focused exclusively on sketches and drawings created with digital technology.

The competition received 234 proposals from more than 48 countries. All entries have explored the competition theme Everyday Utopia.

The event is free, and everybody is welcome to attend. No registration needed.

Architectural Drawing Competition information from Aarhus School of Architecture

The Aarhus School of Architecture was founded in 1965 in Århus, Denmark

Address: Nørreport 20, Aarhus C, Denmark
Phone: +45 89 36 00 00

Drawing of the Year 2017

Drawing of the Year International Student Competition

Drawing requirements:

Sponsored and funded by: schmidt hammer lassen architects, VOLA, Danish Ar ts Foundation and Aarhus School of Architecture Aarhus School of Architecture proudly announces the fifth joint venture competition Drawing of the Year 2017.

The aim of the competition is to continuously explore new tendencies in architecture through architectural drawing and to challenge the use of new techniques and mixed media. The theme of Drawing of the Year 2017 is EVERYDAY UTOPIA.

In 1516 Thomas More used the word Utopia to describe a perfect society and the word has since been synonymous with something positive yet unrealistic. Through the architect’s ability to dream and draw innovative solutions to challenges that are general and significant to all of us, the competition wishes to address and inspire solutions to these everyday challenges.

We invite bold, inspiring, provocative and innovative proposals to new ways of perceiving Everyday Utopia. On all scales and in all environments, from the smallest structure to complex facilities; from rural outskirts to suburban environments; from nature to expanding megacities.

We accept drawings from students at architecture schools all over the world. The internationally acclaimed jury will award digitally produced drawings of Everyday Utopia that inspire, communicate and engage with architecture in an artistic way.


1st prize 5000 Euro
2nd prize 2000 Euro
3rd prize 1000 Euro

The announcement of winners will take place 1 December 2017 at Aarhus School of Architecture. A curated selection of the submitted drawings will be exhibited and an E- book containing a curated selection of the drawings will be online on aarch.dk during spring 2018.

Arkitektskolen Aarhus Drawing Of The Year 2017:

Location:Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark ‘

Drawing of the Year Competition 2016

Drawing of the Year 1st prize drawing 2015 Mark Thomas Smith (UK):
Drawing of the Year entry by Mark Thomas Smith

Drawing of the Year entry 2nd prize drawing 2015 Thomas Sigsgaard Jensen (DK):
Drawing of the Year entry by Thomas Sigsgaard Jensen

Drawing of the Year 2016 Competition

Aarhus School of Architecture
Arkitektskolen Århus Arkitektskolen Jylland Aarhus School of Architecture
photo © Adrian Welch / Isabelle Lomholt

Aarhus School of Architecture exhibits at Milan Design Week 2016
The Fairy Tale. Photo by Asbjørn Staunstrup Lund
photo : Asbjørn Staunstrup Lund
Aarhus School of Architecture Milan Design Week

Henning Larsen Architects

Architectural Drawing Competitions

”Passages” – Competition for architectural drawing
Henning Larsen drawing
Architecture Drawing Competition – spaceimage : Henning Larsen Foundation

Eye Line Architecture Drawing Competition
Eye Line Competition 2016 2nd prize
image : Tuan Jie Hu
Architecture Drawing Competition – Eye Line 2016 contest

Architectural Drawings by Architect Alan Dunlop
South Rotunda Glasgow drawing by architect Alan Dunlop
image courtesy of architect

Aarhus Architecture

Aarhus Architecture Design – chronological list

Aarhus Buildings

Aarhus Architecture – Selection

Moesgård Museum Århus
Moesgård Museum Building
image from architects

Aarhus Harbour Buildings
Århus Harbour Tower
Aarhus Harbour, 2022, UN Studio

University Buildings

Stirling Prize

Comments / photos for the Drawing of the Year 2017 Architectural Contest page welcome

Drawing of the Year 2017 Competition – page

Website: Arkitektskolen Aarhus – http://aarch.dk