architecture drawing prize

Architecture Drawing Prize

Submission: September 18, 2017
Registration: September 18, 2017
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


Make, Sir John Soane’s Museum and the World Architecture Festival have come together to create a prize for architectural drawing. The Prize recognises the continuing importance of hand drawing but also embraces creative use of digitally produced renderings.

The Architecture Drawing Prize welcomes entries from architects, designers and students from around the world while celebrating drawing’s significance as a tool in capturing and communicating ideas. This is in the spirit of many great architects of the past from Palladio through John Soane to Le Corbusier and Cedric Price, who developed the device of drawing in different ways to advance the art of architecture. How is this happening now in our highly visually driven culture and with the many new tools available to us?

The Drawing Prize looks forward to expanding discourse on this theme with an exhibition of the winning and shortlisted entries at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London in early 2018. The winner of the Drawing Prize will be invited to attend the exhibition opening at the Museum.

The Prize results will also be publicly announced at a display of selected entries at the World Architecture Festival in November in Berlin. The overall winner will receive a WAF delegate pass, and will have travel and two hotel nights paid. The two other category winners will each receive a complementary delegate pass and two hotel nights. Any commended entrants will receive a complementary delegate pass.


  • Technical skill
  • Success in conveying a design idea, be it a general concept or a specific proposal
  • Originality of approach
  • Quality of drawing irrespective of the project it may represent (built, unbuilt or purely conceptual)
  • Extent to which the drawing makes a proposition about architecture, rather than simply recording it.


Drawings should have been completed over the past 18 months
Entry deadline: 18th September


  1. Hand drawing
  2. Hybrid
  3. Digital (must be still image, not animated)

Price: £150 per entry
Price for under 30’s and students: £50. Please use the discount code UNDER30 when entering online.

Initial anonymous submissions should be sent to World Architecture Festival using The Architecture Drawing Prize entry form. Entrants whose work is shortlisted will be responsible for providing their entries in exhibition-ready form (original if hand drawn or hybrid with significant input from hand drawing; for digital material in the form intended for display, either high quality print or digital file if intended to be seen on screen). Judging will take place at the end of September and all entrants will be informed if they won by mid-October.

Entries may not be submitted by anyone working for the same organisation as any of the judges.

The finalists are asked to kindly leave originals with The Architecture Drawing Prize team until April 2018 so that these can be exhibited at Sir John Soane’s Museum in early 2018.

Go to the competition’s website