Entries for The Architecture Drawing Prize 2023 are now open and with just over a month left to submit your work!
In partnership with Make Architects and Sir John Soane’s Museum, World Architecture Festival (WAF) is calling for entries for the seventh edition of The Architecture Drawing Prize, sponsored by Iris Ceramica Group. Launched in 2017, the Prize was established to celebrate and showcase the art and skill of architectural drawing.
In the spirit of work by great architects of the past, from Palladio and John Soane to Le Corbusier and Cedric Price, The Architecture Drawing Prize is a 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.
WAF invites entries of all types and forms – from conceptual to technical or construction drawings, cutaways or perspective views – and anything in between. Entries are welcomed from architects, designers and students from around the world in the following categories: Hand-drawn, Digital and Hybrid (combining the two).
Submissions across the three categories will be evaluated based on their technical skill, originality of approach and ability to convey an architectural idea. Drawings can be entirely speculative or relate to real projects.
This year’s judges are Founder of Lily Jencks Studio, Lily Jencks; Artists Ben Langlands & Nikki Bell; Artist Pablo Bronstein; Iris Ceramica Group CEO, Federica Minozzi; Senior Partner at Foster + Partners, Narinder Sagoo, Founder of Make Architects, Ken Shuttleworth; and Head of Exhibitions at Sir John Soane's Museum, Louise Stewart.
Paul Finch, Programme Director of the World Architecture Festival and Chair of the judging panel, comments: “We are delighted to launch the seventh year of The Architecture Drawing Prize, which has become an important fixture and highlight within the World Architecture Festival programme. We’re also delighted to have the Iris Ceramica Group, who carry a strong interest in the culture of architecture, as our distinguished sponsors.”
Louise Stewart, Head of Exhibitions of Sir John Soane's Museum, says: "Sir John Soane’s Museum is very happy to partner with Make Architects and WAF in hosting the seventh edition of The Architectural Drawing Prize, which has become a celebrated showcase for the best in contemporary draughtsmanship across media. Drawing remains central to architectural practice today, just as it was to Sir John Soane and his architectural pupils, working in his Drawing Office– as such, the Museum is the perfect venue for exhibiting these extraordinary works.”
Ken Shuttleworth, Founder of Make Architects, adds: “Drawing was what made me want to become an architect. Yet, I have seen that among students and many architects, drawing is not valued enough – particularly as a way of exploring ideas. This is why we wanted a prize that would create a platform for drawing.
Federica Minozzi, CEO of Iris Ceramica Group, comments: “Architecture can combine technology and sustainability in order to stimulate more significant interactions between humans and the environment. The Architecture Drawing Prize is a brilliant opportunity to demonstrate the genius of people and the desire to experiment. Hence the importance of the Prize: it assumes a prominent role in reflecting architectural creativity”.
The entry deadline for all submissions is 8 September, 2023. The shortlist and winners will be announced in October and then go on display at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore from 29 November to 1 December, 2023. Category winners will receive complimentary tickets to the Festival, which will include a panel discussion featuring a number of award judges and a gala dinner award presentation ceremony.
The overall 2023 winner will be announced at the private preview of The Architecture Drawing Prize exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum, which will run from 31 January to 3 March, 2024 and will feature a selection of winning and shortlisted entries. WAF will fund the overall winner to attend this preview event in London.
Standard submission entry for the prize is £99 with a reduced rate of £49 for all entries by students and under-30s. There is also a multiple entry discount offered when submitting three or more projects. Entrants should use the code STANDARDMULTI10 or STUDENTMULTI10 at the checkout to save 10%.
About Iris Ceramica Group
Iris Ceramica Group is a leading international player in the ceramic industry, specializing in the production of cutting-edge luxury ceramic surfaces that stand out for their attractive design and excellent technical performance. Based in Fiorano Modenese, it has several production facilities in Italy, in the provinces of Modena and Reggio Emilia, along with two plants in Germany and in the USA. Operating in more than 100 countries, it employs approximately 1,000 people in its plants in Italy and another 500 people in its plants abroad. The Group boasts more than 60 years of entrepreneurial experience. Its Brands are some of the world’s top names in the field of architecture and design, including: Iris Ceramica, Fiandre Architectural Surfaces, Ariostea, FMG – Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti, Porcelaingres, StonePeak, SapienStone, and the more recent one, i.e. SeventyOnePercent. Innovation, outstanding quality and sustainability have always been the core values that inspire the Group to create ceramic solutions that reflect these values, and which also carry a deep meaning: serving people while respecting the environment.
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About World Architecture Festival (WAF)
World Architecture Festival and INSIDE World Festival of Interiors will take place at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from 29 November to 1 December 2023
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 2023 World Architecture Festival (WAF) comprises:
- A thematic conference programme (based on the theme: ‘ ‘Catalyst’
- Live judging of finalists ‘projects
- Gallery of all award entries
- Exhibition area
- Networking and social events including partner fringe events
- Gala dinner announcing the overall winners
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.
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. Make’s founder, Ken Shuttleworth, has been recognised for his skilled draughtsmanship over the years, earning him the nickname “Ken the Pen.” The 2020-2021 lockdowns led Make to design and launch the Vault of Contemporary Art, a virtual gallery with an inaugural exhibition curated by the V&A and dedicated to a retrospective by the British artist Ben Johnson.
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.