We are delighted to be working with Sir John Soane’s Museum and the World Architecture Festival (WAF), now in its tenth year, to highlight the importance of drawing in communicating what architects do and how they think. 

The Prize

The Architecture Drawing Prize is in its first year and a new addition to the cultural programme at WAF. It welcomes entries in the following three categories: (1) hand drawing; (2) digital drawing; and (3) hybrid drawing combining the two.

The selection criteria for the winning entry will highlight skill, originality and an ability to convey an architectural idea whether for a conceptual or an actual building project. The short-listed entries will be made public in October with the winner and two finalists being announced at WAF in Berlin (15-17 November 2017).

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  • Artists Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell
  • Farshid Moussavi, Farshid Moussavi Architecture
  • Narinder Singh Sagoo, Foster and Partners
  • Owen Hopkins, Sir John Soane's Museum
  • Jeremy Melvin, World Architecture Festival
  • Ken Shuttleworth, Make Architects

The Exhibition and Winner

From 21 February – 16 April 2018 Sir John Soane’s Museum in London will host an exhibition focussing on the winning and short-listed entries. This will coincide with a programme of events in an around the exhibition to be announced in December 2017. 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.

From the Architecture Drawing Prize curators

Ken Shuttleworth, Founder of Make, “Drawing has always been a passion of mine, I imagine it is for most architects. So few drawings are realised as actual buildings, but this is a chance to celebrate the drawing as its own creation, its own piece of art. We hope that this Prize will provide an exciting snapshot of creative thinking and excellence in drawing from around the world.”

Owen Hopkins, Senior Curator of Exhibitions and Education at Sir John Soane’s Museum, “Detailed and elaborate drawings informed both Soane’s pioneering thinking and his teaching. He was a skilled and prolific draughtsman in his own right and engaged master watercolourist J M Gandy. He was an avid collector of drawings that form an essential part of the Museum’s collection today. It is this focus on architectural drawing at the Museum and on its particular importance in Soane’s own work that encouraged us to help conceive The Architecture Drawing Prize with Make and WAF. We hope that the Prize will inspire architects today to understand drawing both as a way to reveal and represent their ideas."

Jeremy Melvin, Curator at the World Architecture Festival (WAF), “WAF is delighted to team up with Make, a leading firm of architects, and Sir John Soane's Museum with its wonderful collections and commitment to scholarship, to explore how architects use drawings to develop and communicate ideas. As Reyner Banham put it, drawing is what distinguishes architecture from other perfectly respectable ways of making buildings, and perhaps because of the proliferation of drawing techniques, it remains the essence of the discipline.”

Make will feature blog posts on drawing by invited contributors at: You can also follow @MakeArchitects for the latest news on the Prize and join the conversation at #DrawtoMake #WAF2017

Media Partners: ArchDaily and Architectural Review
Deadline for entries: 18 September 2017
For further details on how to enter see:

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