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At their best, architectural drawings are powerful visual storytellers, communicating a wide range of qualities about a building or space. With thousands of architectural images now at our fingertips, the One Drawing Challenge calls for submissions that defy convention, spark curiosity and make us pause to look closer. What kind of drawing captures the essence of a place? What can it tell us about the people that live, work and play within it? Can a drawing tell us a larger story about the cultural context of a home, city or country?
This is the One Drawing Challenge:
Can you capture a single drawing that tells a compelling story about architecture and its inhabitants?
2 Top Winners — one student and one non-student
will each win the following:
2 Top Winners and 10 Commended Entries will all feature in our special Winners' Announcement on Architizer Journal. 100 finalists will be published in Architizer's major annual feature, 100 Drawings That Tell Powerful Stories About Architecture, to be distributed to Architizer's community including 100,000+ newsletter subscribers and 4+ million social media followers!
New for 2021, there will also be 8 Special Awards for originality in specific drawing formats, given to entrants in each of the 8 categories: Plan, Section, Elevation, Perspective, Parallel Projection, Sketch, Detail and Abstract. These drawings will be published in an additional editorial feature on Architizer.
Your task is as follows: Create one drawing that communicates a new architectural proposal or existing piece of architecture, and the experience of those that would inhabit it. It can be located anywhere in the world and be at any scale. It can take any of the following forms:
Your drawing may depict a real or imagined space, place, building or group of buildings. As long as it portrays architecture in some form, it is eligible. Your drawing should be accompanied by a short, 150-word description of your proposal, which comprises your “story”. Your story should help explain what your drawing depicts, which could include: The type of architecture portrayed, where it might be located, who might inhabit it, what atmosphere it conjures, the essence it captures, and what makes it special.
Your drawing should be a minimum of 2000 pixels wide, with a maximum file size of 15MB. All the competition guidelines can be found here.
Competition Deadlines and Entry Fees
Monday, June 14th 2021
Early Entry Deadline
Enter before Friday, July 2nd 2021
Students $35 | Non-Students $50
Main Entry Deadline
Enter before Friday, July 30th 2021
Students $45 | Non-Students $65
Final (Late) Deadline
Enter before Friday, August 20th 2021
Students $55 | Non-Students $75
The One Drawing Challenge Jury comprises practitioners and thought leaders from the worlds of architecture, design and technology, each with a special connection to drawing. The jury represents those leaders who are actively bringing architecture to the public today, both online and in the built environment. For entrants and winners, this is an opportunity to get their work in front of the people shaping how the world engages with architecture now and in the future.
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