Call For Entries: Tell a Story With an Architectural Drawing for a Shot at $2,500!

The Second Annual One Drawing Challenge is here! Can you create a single drawing that tells a powerful story about architecture?

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It’s time to get those pencils sharpened and those computer mice warmed up — the Second Annual One Drawing Challenge is officially open for entries! Submit your drawings before the Early Entry Deadline at midnight EST on Friday, July 17th.

Enter the 2020 One Drawing Challenge

Competition Brief

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 #OneDrawingChallenge is laid down: Can you create a single drawing that tells the story behind a complex piece of architecture?

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 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.

2019 entrants, clockwise from top left: “Between Possibilities and Limitations” by Ozair Mansoor (2019 Student Winner); “Plastic Britain” by Christian Coackley (Commended Entry); “The Machine: A Mechanical Mudlark” by Mandalika Justine Roberts (2019 Non-Student Winner); “All at Sea” by Amélie Savoie-Saumure, Pascale Julien and Matt Breton-Honeyman (Commended Entry)

Prizes and Recognition

In partnership with Escape Motions and Paintstorm, we are thrilled to announce that 2 Grand Prize winners (one student and one non-student) will receive the following prizes:

  • $2,500 cash prize
  • Leuchtturm1917 Notebook
  • Pro Digital Drawing Package, including:
  • Total Value: $2,810

Further to this, 10 Commended Entrants will receive:

  • Leuchtturm1917 Notebook
  • Pro Digital Drawing Package, including:
    • Rebelle by Escape Motions
    • Creative License for Paintstorm

100 Shortlisted entries will also be published on Architizer Journal. Winners and Finalists will be celebrated by millions via Architizer’s newsletter and social media channels.

A selection of 2020 One Drawing Challenge jurors. Check out every juror and their bios here.

The 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. They include:

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.

2019 Commended Entrants: “The Unending Square” by Caleb Ong Yan Weng; “Seed Lottery” by Nathan Gradoville; “Knucklebead” by Andrew Evans; “Baker Street” by Isabelle Turco

Without further ado, make sure to submit your drawing before midnight EST on July 17th, 2020 to secure your Early Entry Discount. We can’t wait to see the stories you tell about architecture this year — good luck from the whole team at Architizer!

Enter the Competition

Paul Keskeys Author: Paul Keskeys
Paul Keskeys is Editor in Chief at Architizer. An architect-trained editor, writer and content creator, Paul graduated from UCL and the University of Edinburgh, gaining an MArch in Architectural Design with distinction. Paul has spoken about the art of architecture and storytelling at many national industry events, including AIANY, NeoCon, KBIS, the Future NOW Symposium, the Young Architect Conference and NYCxDesign. As well as hundreds of editorial publications on Architizer, Paul has also had features published in Architectural Digest, PIN—UP Magazine, Archinect, Aesthetica Magazine and PUBLIC Journal.
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