Launched in 2018 and curated by the World Architecture Festival, Sir John Soane's Museum, and Make Architects, The Architecture Drawing Price is the leading international recognition of the art of drawing in the field of architecture. An online ceremony recently honored the four winning drawings, selected from 165 entries from more than 30 countries for their ability to straddle the line between technical virtuosity and speculative inquiry.
"Apartment #5, a Labyrinth and Repository of Spatial Memories" by Clement Laurencio of the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, won both the Overall Prize and the Hybrid category. The artwork brings together with great analytical precision different pencil drawings inspired by a trip to India, recomposing digitally its atmospheres in a large dreamlike fresco that develops seamlessly in three dimensions.
The Hand-drawn category was won by Marc Brousse with the drawing Dear Hashima, an evocative image made with ink, charcoal and invisible ink that investigates the role of the individual in society through the theories of Zygmunt Bauman. For the Digital category, it is Re-Reading Metropolis by Chenglin Able from the University of California, Berkeley, who won the recognition of the jury, favorably impressed by his innovative ability to map the urban territory combining playfulness and precision.
Introduced in 2020, the Lockdown category is intended to catalyze the ideas triggered by the current pandemic situation. The winner of the first prize in the category was Airplane Tower by Victor Hugo Azevedo and Cheryl Lu Xu of Robert A. M. Stern Architects, who seduced the jury with three different perspectives of a tower made of piled up airoplanes, a symbol of an industry in crisis converted into a surreal response to the housing problem.
- Architecture Drawing Price 2020