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Send Us a Drawing. Tell Us a Story. Win $2,500.

The 2nd Annual One Drawing Challenge is now closed for entries, and judging is now underway. Key dates for the competition are as follows:

100 Finalists Announced:
September 8th, 2020

Winners and Commended Entries Announced:
September 29th, 2020

Finalists and Winners will be notified via email, and announcements will be published on Architizer Journal.

Competition Brief

Thanks to social media, more people than ever now consume architecture every day through their feeds. However, their attention is fleeting — with millions of architectural ideas flowing across the web, each designer has just a brief moment to make an impact. This means one image or drawing needs to possess the power to tell a whole story on its own, in seconds. For any designer, producing a viral drawing might just kickstart their career.

So, the #OneDrawingChallenge is laid down:
Can you create a single drawing that tells the story behind a complex piece of architecture?

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 the form of a plan, section, elevation, perspective or sketch. As long as it portrays part or all of a building or group of buildings, it is eligible.

This should be accompanied by a short description of your proposal, no more than 150 words.


2 top winners (one student and one non-student) will receive the following prizes:

$2,500 cash prize
Leuchtturm1917 Notebook
Pro Digital Drawing Package, including:
Rebelle, Flame Painter and Amberlight by Escape Motions
Creative License for Paintstorm
Total Value: $2,810

10 Commended Entrants will receive:

Leuchtturm1917 Notebook
Pro Digital Drawing Package, including:
Rebelle by Escape Motions
Creative License for Paintstorm
    Total Value: $125

100 Shortlisted entries will also be published on Architizer Journal. Winners and Finalists will be celebrated by millions via Architizer's newsletter and social media channels.

Deadlines and Entry Fees

Competition Launch: June 30th, 2020

Early Bird: Enter before midnight ET Friday, July 17th, 2020: Students $35 | Non-Students $50

Regular: Enter before midnight ET Friday, August 14th, 2020: Students $45 | Non-Students $65

Late: Enter before midnight ET Friday, August 28th, 2020: 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.

Competition FAQs

Check out the FAQ section for common questions about the competition. If you don't find the answer to your question there, please email us at competitions@architizer.com and we'll be glad to help.

About Architizer

Home to the world's largest community of architects online, Architizer’s core mission is to empower architects with the tools they need to build better buildings, better cities, and a better world. We connect architects with building-product manufacturers and inspire them through our informative content, awards programs, and global reach spotlighting the world’s best architecture.

Hero image: “All at Sea" by Amélie Savoie-Saumure, Pascale Julien and Matt Breton-Honeyman, McGill University (Commended Entry, 2019 One Drawing Challenge)