Architecture Drawing Prize 2022, the overall winner and the exhibition

Gareth Gardner,


Architecture and Culture,


The overall winner of the Architecture Drawing Prize 2022 was announced yesterday by World Architecture Festival co-curators Make Architects and Sir John Soane's Museum. The hybrid drawing entitled 'Fitzroy Food Institute' by Samuel Wen and Michael Ren combines different rendering techniques. The exhibition with the winning and shortlisted drawings exhibition opens on 8 February at the Sir John Soane's Museum in London.

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Architecture Drawing Prize 2022, the overall winner and the exhibition
Born out of a collaboration between Sir John Soane's Museum, Make Architects and the World Architecture Festival, the Architecture Drawing Prize is an annual event with entries in three categories: hand drawing, hybrid and digital. Three winners per category are nominated each year, from which the judges select the overall winner. 
The Award, now in its sixth year, attracts entries from all over the world and showcases the best and most innovative contemporary architectural drawings. Federica Minozzi, CEO of Iris Ceramica Group, who supported the Prize in this edition, states as a jury member: "The Iris Ceramica Group's commitment was to help spread the power of design and how ceramics can play a leading role in interacting with architecture. One way to honour the long history of this material is to celebrate creativity by exploring its integration with art, craft, design and architecture. An ancient material for a new vision of our world, as explored in the designs. The Award is a brilliant opportunity to demonstrate people's genius and desire to experiment'
The overall winner is the work named Fitzroy Food Institute, already selected as the winner of the hybrid category, as an example of a highly skilled and rich composite design. A design that uses different media, comprising a plan, two sections, two elevations, four views, six diagrams, one detail and two call-outs. Elements imaginatively arranged in a top-down view of a typical Chinese round table.
The authors are Samuel Wen, a Design graduate with a Masters in Architecture from the University of Melbourne and an architecture student at Cox Architecture, and Michael Ren, a designer/educator and currently a Masters in Architecture student at CED at UC Berkeley. They describe their joint project for the Fitzroy Food Institute as a desire to depart from the traditional Orientalist attitude towards Chinese culture while examining the ideas of globalisation and automation.
The exhibition at the Sir John Soane Museum dedicated to the Architecture Drawing Prize opens to the public on 8 February 2023, showcasing the winning and award-winning drawings and celebrating the communication of design ideas or concepts through purely conceptual drawings or those relating to a project intended for construction. This edition, in particular, saw a growing interest in social and environmental issues and a belief in using architectural drawing to freely explore ideas and thus creatively speculate. The range of approaches to drawing, therefore, included everything from the representational to the sublime, from abstraction to traditional play. 
The curatorial team at Sir John Soane's Museum and Make Architects have also created a virtual retrospective of The Architecture Drawing Prize that will be screened in the museum's Foyle Space. In this regard, Bruce Boucher, Director of Sir John Soane's Museum, said: "This annual exhibition has become a showcase for the best in contemporary draughtsmanship across media, which remains central to architectural practice today, and with architectural drawing  such an important part of our collection, Sir John Soane’s Museum is proud to be the venue for exhibiting the Architecture Drawing Prize."
This year, the exhibition at Sir John Soane's Museum includes a virtual retrospective of the Prize by Make Architects that awaits the visitors in the Museum’s Foyle Space. The exhibition runs from 8 February to 7 May 2023, access is free.

Christiane Bürklein

The Architecture Drawing Prize Exhibition 8 February – 7 May 2023
Sir John Soane’s Museum
13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP
Entry is free - details of opening hours/ planning visit:
Images: courtesy of ADP - photos by Gareth Gardner