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World Architecture Festival Architecture Drawing Prize 2020

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World Architecture Festival call for entries to The 2020 Architecture Drawing Prize

World Architecture Festival 2020 Drawing Prize: Jerome Xin Hao Ng, ‘Metabolist of a Dementia Nation’
Jerome Xin Hao Ng, ‘Metabolist of a Dementia Nation’, the winner of the Hybrid category 2019

22nd of July 2020 – In partnership with Make Architects and Sir John Soane’s Museum, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced the call for entries for the fourth edition of The Architecture Drawing Prize. Launched in 2017, the prize is conceived to celebrate and showcase the art and skill of architectural drawing.

In the spirit of many great architects of the past, from Palladio and John Soane to Le Corbusier and Cedric Price, The Architecture Drawing Prize is an ideal platform for reflecting on and exploring how drawing continues to advance the art of architecture today. It embraces the creative use of digital tools and digitally produced renderings, while recognising the enduring importance of hand drawing. The organisers invite entries of all types and forms: from technical or construction drawings to cutaway or perspective views – and anything in between.

Entries are welcomed by architects, designers and especially students from around the world in the following categories: hand-drawn, digital, and hybrid, combining the two. This year also sees the introduction of a special prize focused on the global lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic which will be open to all entrants for one of the above categories.

The lockdown prize will be focused on a drawing completed during lockdown or a drawing relating 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.

This year’s judges are Artists Ben Langlands & Nikki Bell; Gary Simmons, main board director at William Hare Group; Ken Shuttleworth, founder of Make Architects; Lily Jencks, founder of LilyJencksStudio and JencksSquared; Louise Stewart, curator at Sir John Soane’s Museum; Narinder Sagoo, senior partner at Foster + Partners; Artist, Pablo Bronstein and Paul Finch, programme director of the World Architecture Festival.

Paul Finch, programme director of the World Architecture Festival, comments: “The universal language of drawing has a special significance in current circumstances and we look forward to celebrating excellence once again.”

The entry deadline for all submissions is 2nd October 2020. The winners and shortlist will be decided in late October, and then go on display at a dedicated exhibition at the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London until February 2021. The category winners will each receive a delegate pass to the World Architecture Festival in Lisbon, 2-4 December 2020 and will be invited to participate in an event on the Festival Stage.

Anton Markus Pasing, City in a box: paradox memories
Anton Markus Pasing, City in a box: paradox memories, overall winner of the 2019 Architecture Drawing Prize

Louise Stewart, curator at Sir John Soane’s Museum, adds: “Sir John Soane’s Museum is delighted to host the fourth annual exhibition of works from the Architecture Drawing Prize. The prize highlights the ways in which drawing remains central to architectural practice and is a key driver in the creative process. With its range of digital, hand-drawn and hybrid works, the exhibition will offer a powerful insight to the discipline of architectural drawing today.”

60% percent of the shortlisted entries for 2019 were submitted by entrants who were aged under 30 years old or a student. To encourage this trend into 2020, the organisers will offer a new reduced rate of £24 for all entries by students and those under 30, using the code UNDER30.

Ken Shuttleworth founder of Make Architects, comments: “The Architecture Drawing Prize celebrates the art of drawing and offers a special outlet during this period of social distancing, because it reminds us that drawing is a universal medium that connects us in a meaningful way.”

The third annual Architecture Drawing Prize in 2019 went to architect Anton Markus Pasing with his work entitled ‘City in a box: paradox memories’. Judges commended him for ‘the level of depth, the confidence in composition, the pure symmetry and strong perspective’ which ‘emphasised the simplicity of the notion of the box’. The winner of the second annual Architecture Drawing Prize in 2018 went to Li Han, one of the founding partners of Drawing Architecture Studio in Beijing, for his work entitled ‘The Samsara of Building No. 42 on Dirty Street’. Li Han was praised for challenging preconceptions of digital presentation, creating a modern day Archigram drawing but also a step into the future.

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About World Architecture Festival (WAF)

WAF is where the world architecture community meets to celebrate, learn, exchange and be inspired.

WAF is the world’s largest annual, international, live architectural event. It includes the biggest international architectural awards programme in the world, dedicated to celebrating excellence via live presentations to an audience of high-profile delegates and international juries.

The 2020 World Architecture Festival (WAF) comprises:

– A thematic conference programme (this year based on the theme ‘Greening the City’)
– Electronic gallery of all Award entries
– Exhibition area
– Live judging of finalists ‘projects
– Networking and social events including partner fringe events
– Winners Dinner

INSIDE World Festival of Interiors runs alongside WAF, with its own awards and conference programme. Delegates have access to both events.

WAF and INSIDE are organised by EMAP, publishers of The Architectural Review and The Architects’ Journal.

WAF is proud to work with Founder Partner, Grohe, and headline partners ABB and Miele.

About Make

Make is an award-winning international architectural practice with a reputation for challenging convention and pursuing design excellence. The practice brings projects to life across a broad range of sectors and locations, pushing for innovation in each one, whether it’s a small community-led scheme or a landmark new structure. This approach has produced designs for several noteworthy arts and culture projects, including a dynamic exhibition space for emerging artists in Hong Kong and a major museum and art gallery in Swindon.

Over the past decade Make’s work has been enhanced by the talent and commitment of many other members of the creative sector, including artists like Kenny Hunter and Catherine Bertola – collaborations that have produced an array of beautiful, inspiring public works of art. Make’s founder, Ken Shuttleworth, has also been recognised for his skilled draughtsmanship over the years, earning him the nickname “Ken the Pen.”

About Sir John Soane’s Museum

Sir John Soane’s house, museum and library at No. 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields has been a national museum since the early nineteenth century. On his appointment as Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy in 1806, Soane (1753-1837) began to arrange his books, classical antiquities, casts and models so that students of architecture might benefit from access to them.

In 1833 he negotiated an Act of Parliament to preserve the house and collection after his death for the benefit of ‘amateurs and students’ in architecture, painting and sculpture. Today, Sir John Soane’s Museum is one of the country’s most unusual and significant museums with a continuing and developing commitment to education and creative inspiration. Sir John Soane’s Museum was a finalist for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017.

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Li Han, ‘The Samsara of Building No. 42 on Dirty Street’, overall winner of the 2018 Architecture Drawing Prize:
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image : Li Han, courtesy of WAF
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