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The One Drawing Challenge: Send Us a Drawing, Tell Us a Story, Win $2,500

Can you create a single drawing that tells a powerful story about architecture?

Paul Keskeys Paul Keskeys

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. But what exactly makes an architectural drawing special?

Enter The One Drawing Challenge.

Open for entries today until midnight on August 9th, Architizer’s global architectural ideas competition poses a simple question:

Can you create a single drawing that tells a powerful story about architecture?

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Left: Symbiotic Architecture by Karina Ashrapova, image via aasarchitecture; right: Abstract by Travis Rice; image via 1st Dibs

The 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 exciting competition — Architizer’s first ever drawing challenge — is set to be huge, with a series of influential jurors confirmed to run the rule over your drawings. They include:

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Left: A Manual Towards a New London by Fiona Tan, image via Tumblr; right: Drawing by André Rocha, image via Tumblr

And there’s more …

  • Lora Teagarden, architect at RATIO and Founder of L2 Design
  • Marc Tsurumaki, Founding Principal of LTL Architects and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University
  • Ciel Hunter, former Head of Content at Vice Media
  • Hilary Sample, Principal and Cofounder of MOS Architects and Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP
  • Georg Windeck, architect, educator and author of Construction Matters
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Left: Terramanium by Jean de Wet, image via Jean de Wet; right: Pontifical Academy of Sciences by Benjamin Ferns, 2015, image via Tumblr

There will be two prizes of $2,500 given to the winners, as well as the chance to be published across Architizer, making your work visible to a design community of more than 4 million people!

Without further ado, register for competition updates today, and begin sifting through your best drawings to prepare your entry. The One Drawing Challenge ends on August 9th!

Enter the One Drawing Challenge

Top image: Memento Mori – A Peckham Hospice Carehome by Jerome Ng, Bartlett School of Architecture

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