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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:
Featured Entry on Architizer Journal
Top Billing in the Official One Drawing Winner's Announcement (See last year's announcement)
An Exclusive Interview
A personal spotlight published in Architizer Journal (See last year's interview)
A Jury Seat
Be a part of our esteemed One Drawing Challenge Jury next season
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 125,000+ newsletter subscribers and 4+ million social media followers!
NEW: Storied Drawing Awards
New for 2022, there are also 8 narrative-driven awards to be won, called the "Storied Drawing Awards". Participants can apply for any one of these special awards at no extra cost when submitting an entry. Architizer's Editorial Team may also nominate entries as they see fit.
You can apply for a "Storied Drawing Award" for the following themes:
The "Storied Drawing Award" winners are eligible for the overall prizes as well, so it's possible for your drawing to win multiple accolades! "Best in Show" winners will feature in their own dedicated editorial, similar to last season's Special Mention Award recipients.
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 1500 pixels wide, with a maximum file size of 10MB. All the competition guidelines can be found here.
Competition Deadlines and Entry Fees
Tuesday, September 6th, 2022
Early Entry Deadline
Enter before Friday, September 23rd, 2022
Students $35 | Non-Students $50
Main Entry Deadline
Enter before Friday, October 21st, 2022
Students $45 | Non-Students $65
Final (Late) Deadline
Enter before Friday, November 11th 2022
Students $55 | Non-Students $75
NEW: Multi-Entry Discount
Submit additional drawings for this year’s competition and receive an automatic $10 off the entry fee for each!
This applies to all submissions after the first one for each entrant, and for all submission periods listed above.
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.
Bob Borson, FAIADallas architect Bob Borson is widely recognized as the blogger behind Life of an Architect — one of the world’s most popular architectural blogs.
Amanda FerberAmanda is the Brazilian architect who founded @architecture_hunter, the world's largest independent architectural Instagram page, with over 3 million followers.
Ciel HunterCiel Hunter focuses on supporting creators and artists, and in shaping storytelling of all forms. She was most recently at VICE Media.
Boryana IlievaBoryana Ilieva was a co-founder of architectural studio 11AM in Sofia, Bulgaria, developing single-family houses and condo interiors.
Paul Keskeys, ARBPaul Keskeys is a registered UK architect, writer and editor based in New York City.
Wandile MthiyaneWandile Mthiyane is an Obama Leader, TedxFellow, architectural designer, social entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Ubuntu Design Group (UDG).
Chris PrechtTogether with his wife Fei, Chris runs architecture studio Precht in the mountains of Salzburg, working on worldwide projects.
Lora Teagarden, AIA, LEED AP BD+CLora Teagarden is an Associate at RATIO in Indianapolis, IN, a published author, a business owner, and creator of #AREsketches and #TheLittleArchitectsAlphabet.
Marc Tsurumaki, AIAMarc Tsurumaki is a Founding Principal of LTL Architects, an award-winning partnership founded in 1997 and located in New York City.
Georg Windeck, RAGeorg Windeck is an architect and educator from Berlin, living and working in New York City. He is the author of Construction Matters (2016).
Bless Yee, RAA New York-based architect, artist and educator, Bless Yee was a Grand Prize Winner in 2020’s One Drawing Challenge, and was one of the winners of Dezeen's 2021 Redesign the World competition.
James WinesRenowned architect and artist James Wines is founder and president of SITE and has drawings exhibited in MoMA.
Dan HogmanDan is an architect, artist, and educator, founder of Studio Hogman, a multidisciplinary design and art studio.
Eric ReinholdtEric Reinholdt is the founder of residential architecture practice 30X40 Design Workshop. He’s the creator of the YouTube channel, 30X40 Design Workshop.
Sabina BlasiottiSabina is an architectural designer and guest critic at University College London. She won the top student prize in the 2021 One Drawing Challenge.
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