The One Drawing Challenge is finally open for entries, and the excitement is building — who will take home the prizes of $2,500 and an iPad Pro? And who will secure a place among the 100 finalists and get themselves featured in the inaugural One Drawing eBook? Only time will tell — to put yourself in the running, submit a drawing to the competition before June 28th to take advantage of the early entry discount.
Once you’ve submitted your drawing, you may well be wondering how the winners will be decided, and who will be doing the judging.
First, there will be a public voting period that will help to decide the best 100 drawings. These finalists will then be reviewed by a number of practitioners and thought leaders from the worlds of architecture, design and technology, each with a special connection to drawing. 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.
Here’s a run-down of the One Drawing Challenge jury this year:
Together with his wife Fei, Chris runs studio Precht in the mountains of Salzburg, working on worldwide projects including ecological High-rises, Farmscrapers and Bamboo-buildings. Chris is a leading voice in the design of a more ecological future. “Architecture is no longer defined by form, styles or eras. The problems that our generation needs to solve are larger than that. For us, climate change is not a theory, but a reality. As architects, we need to find solutions that contribute to the health of our civilisation and of our planet.”
Mónica Ponce de León
Mónica Ponce de León is the Founding Principal of MPdL Studio and Dean of Princeton University School of Architecture. Among her many prestigious honors, Ponce de León received the National Design Award from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Her highly acclaimed and broadly published work has received 13 Progressive Architecture Awards, 13 awards from the American Institute of Architects, and the Harleston Parker Medal. In 2016 Ponce de León was inducted into the National Academy of Design.
Suchi Reddy, Founding Principal of Reddymade, established her firm in 2002. “Form follows feeling ” is Reddy’ s mantra, and her primary focus and passion is “neuroaesthetics”, the study of how we respond to aesthetic experience. Suchi Reddy is a member of the Van Alen Institute Leadership Council, and Board Member for the Design Trust for Public Space and Storefront for Art and Architecture.
Amanda Ferber is the young architect who founded Architecture Hunter, one of the largest architectural Instagram pages in the world, with over 1.8 million followers. She has already worked with Marcio Kogan, one of the greatest Brazilian architects and also with renowned digital platforms. She is the ambassador of Morpholio, the Sketching app for Architects and designers and also one of the partners of Arquiforma, a Brazilian platform for students.
Jing Liu founded SO – IL with Florian Idenburg in 2008, emphasizing mission-driven cultural projects as an integral part of the urban fabric. Through building practice and interdisciplinary research projects, Jing has led SO – IL to explore new fabrication methods and engage with the sociopolitical issues of contemporary cities. Her perspective extends outside conventional architecture, with artist collaborations, curatorial partnerships, and book projects such as Solid Objectives: Order, Edge, Aura published by Lars Müller.
Bob Borson, FAIA
Dallas architect Bob Borson is widely recognized as the blogger behind Life of an Architect — one of the world’s most popular architectural blogs. As an emerging voice within the architectural community, he has bridged the gap and engaged multiple generations of architects and architectural enthusiasts by sharing his personal experiences, professional practice tips, and anecdotes on what it’s like to work with and be an architect.
Pascale Sablan, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP
A Senior Associate at S9 ARCHITECTURE, Pascale Sablan is the 315th living African-American female licensed architect in the U.S. She is an architect, mentor, intrapreneur & advocate to advance architecture for the betterment of society, bring visibility and voice to the issues concerning minority architects. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Beyond the Built Environment, organization addressing inequitable disparities in architecture by providing a platform aimed to support numerous stages of the architecture pipeline.
Hilary Sample is an architect and principal of MOS Architects, which she co-founded with Michael Meredith in 2003. MOS was the recipient of the 2015 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum National Design Award in Architecture, and the 2010 American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award. Sample is also an Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP, where she coordinates the Core Architecture Studios.
Paul Keskeys, ARB
Architizer’s own Paul Keskeys is a registered UK architect, writer and editor based in New York City. A graduate from UCL and the University of Edinburgh, gaining an MArch in Architectural Design with distinction, Keskeys was nominated for the RIAS Silver Medal in 2009. Keskeys is currently the Content Director at Architizer, with features also published in Architectural Digest, PIN—UP Magazine, Archinect, Aesthetica Magazine and PUBLIC Journal.
Lora Teagarden, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Lora Teagarden is a project architect at RATIO in Indianapolis, IN, a published author, creator of #AREsketches, and business owner. She is a 2017 Young Architect Award winner, one of 25 architects to watch in 2019, and the 2019 Chair of the Young Architects Forum. Her passion for the profession drives her to mentor young professionals and volunteer in her community.
Marc Tsurumaki, AIA
Marc Tsurumaki is a Founding Principal of LTL Architects, an award-winning partnership founded in 1997 and located in New York City. LTL Architects was the recipient of the 2007 National Design Award and was recently ranked #3 among design firms in the country by Architect Magazine. Their drawings are featured in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Carnegie Museum of Art. Marc is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University.
Ciel Hunter focuses on supporting creators and artists, and in shaping storytelling of all forms. She was most recently at VICE Media, where she was Global Head of Content, overseeing digital output across all platforms and countries. Prior she was the Executive Creative Director, in which capacity she led such initiatives as The Creators Project.
Georg Windeck, RA
Georg Windeck is an architect and educator from Berlin, living and working in New York City. He is the author of Construction Matters (2016), a book that discusses how artistic experiments with new building technologies have informed the aesthetics of Modernism. The book is based on his architectural practice and on his research at universities in the Europe and the US, where he taught design studios, art history classes, and advanced seminars in critical theory over the past two decades.
The judging process for the One Drawing Challenge — details of which can be found here — is designed to reflect the multi-faceted qualities of architectural drawings. Our outstanding cast of jurors will be asked to select winning entries based on their communicative and aesthetic qualities, as well as their impact and ability to “go viral” on social media. Entries that stand out in one or more of the following categories stand a great chance of being a Winner.
Good luck to everyone that enters this year; we can’t wait to see your submissions!
All project images and portraits courtesy of the jurors.