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


UPDATE: The Public Voting Period is now over! All votes are now being verified before the top 100 Finalists are announced. The key dates are as follows:

FINALISTS REVEALED: September 13th (9AM EST)
JURY VOTING PERIOD: September 16th to September 23rd
WINNERS ANNOUNCED: October 1st (9AM EST)

The top 100 drawings will be published in the inaugural "One Drawing" eBook later this year. These shortlisted entries will then be scored by our expert jury to decide the 2 top winners and 10 runners' up.


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 One Drawing Challenge is laid down: Can you create a single drawing that tells the story behind a complex piece of architecture? 2 top winners (one student and one non-student) will receive the following prizes:

  • $2,500 prize money
  • iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 256GB)
  • Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)
  • Procreate software package
  • COPIC marker set worth $500
  • Sakura hand-drawing supplies worth $200

10 Runners-Up will receive Procreate software and drawing supplies from COPIC and Sakura worth a combined $200, and 100 Shortlisted entries will feature in the first “One Drawing” eBook, to be distributed to architecture firms via newsletter and social media channels.

The task is as follows: Create one drawing — 2000 pixels by 2000 pixels — 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.

Your Work on the Global Stage

The One Drawing Challenge lives at Architizer.com, the largest online community of architects on the planet, with an audience 5+ million strong. For any architect, exposure is the key to success. The One Drawing Challenge provides architects at any phase of their career — from undergraduate students to those with decades of completed buildings — the opportunity to share their work with the world. Shortlisted drawings, as well as two Winners, will be featured on Architizer.com and in the “One Drawing” ebook, to be shared with 4+ million on social media and distributed to Architizer’s 200,000 weekly email subscribers.

Competition Brief

Create one drawing that powerfully communicates your architectural proposal 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.

Jury

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: Memento Mori - Peckham Hospice Care Home by Jerome Xin Hao Ng, the Bartlett School of Architecture, UK