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World Architecture Festival announces call for entries for third edition of The Architecture Drawing Prize

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced the call for entries for the third edition of The Architecture Drawing Prize, conceieved to celebrate and showcase the art and skill of architectural drawing. 

Launched in 2017, the prize embraces the creative use of digital tools and digitally produced renderings, while recognising the enduring importance of hand drawing, inviting entries of all types from technical or construction drawings to cutaway or perspective views. 

Architects, designers, and students from around the world can enter the prize across various categories including hand-drawn, digital, and hybrid, or a combination of the two. This year also sees the introduction of a new category: the detail drawing, supporting entries from architects with a passion for working details.

Submissions across the four 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 include artists Langlands and Bell (Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell); Ken Shuttleworth (Make Architects); Narinder Sagoo (Foster + Partners); Jeremy Melvin (World Architecture Festival); Owen Hopkins (Sir John Soane’s Museum London) plus Manuelle Gautrand (Manuelle Gautrand Architecture); Christian Schittich (DETAIL) and Gary Simmons (William Hare Group).

"Drawing has long been the practice that differentiates architecture from all other practical ways of making buildings. When informed by rigour and intelligence, it remains one of the most important ways of inventing and representing architectural ideas - and making them discussable. The drawing prize is an integral and vital part of WAF’s mission," said Jeremy Melvin, curator of WAF. 

The winners and shortlist will be announced in October, and then go on display at a dedicated exhibition at the Sir John Soane's Museum in London in January 2020. The category winners will each receive a delegate pass and two nights in a hotel during the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam, 4-6 December 2019. They will be invited to participate in an event on the Festival Stage at WAF, and receive tickets to the Gala Dinner.

"Drawing in architecture is undergoing a renaissance as practitioners seek new modes of representation beyond the confines of the slick hyper-realistic render. In this new guise, drawing is emerging as a vital tool in developing architectural ideas and disseminating them online or in print. Now in its third year, the Architecture Drawing Prize celebrates the renewed importance of drawing and the diversity of approaches that define it," said Owen Hopkins, Sir John Soane’s Museum. 

In 2018 the prize attracted entries from 31 countries across the globe, showing the truly international nature of the prize. Of the entrants, 55% were architects, 12% were designers and 33% were students. Over 50% of entries, and over 60% of the shortlisted entries were submitted by entrants aged 30 and under.

The prize has been created in partnership with Make Architects and Sir John Soane’s Museum.

For full details on how to enter the Architecture Drawing Prize visit: