It’s time to get your pencils sharpened and your computer mice primed — architecture’s biggest drawing competition is back! The 2021 One Drawing Challenge will celebrate the world’s best architectural drawings, with a grand prize pot of $5,000 to be split equally between one student and one non-student winner this year. To stay informed of the competition launch and subsequent deadlines, pre-register for the competition today:
Once again, the One Drawing Challenge poses a single, provocative question to entrants: Can you tell a powerful story about architecture in 2021 with just one drawing?
At their best, architectural drawings are powerful visual story tellers, communicating a wide range of qualities about a building or space. With your One Drawing, you may choose to tell a story about any of the following:
- The atmosphere of interior or exterior space
- The mood or emotions that a piece of architecture conjures
- A social or political narrative that is framed by architecture
- A formal exploration of new architectural typologies or materials
- A utopian or dystopian landscape or space
- The experience or activity of a building’s inhabitants
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. Last year’s amazing Winners and Commended Entries provide ample inspiration for how that can be done.
Early registrants for the One Drawing Challenge are the first to be given news about the competition, including launch dates, deadline reminders, submission tips and support throughout the entry process. Pre-registration also gives you access to some seriously inspirational content about architectural drawings — old and new— throughout the program.
So without further ado, pre-register for the One Drawing Challenge today, and begin sifting through your best drawings to prepare your entry. The 2021 competition will launch next month!