The winners of the Architecture Drawing Prize 2022

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The category winners have been announced for the 6th edition of the Architecture Drawing Prize. The award celebrates the art of architectural drawing and, for the 2022 edition, has enjoyed the sponsorship of the Iris Ceramica Group and the media partnership of Floornature.

The winners of the Architecture Drawing Prize 2022

"The architect's true vision is the drawing" argues Franco Purini, thinking of a drawing that is not just a simple tool "but is first and foremost the native place of an idea, to then become the memory of the design process and finally the communication of the choices made". The Italian architect and essayist's affirmation encapsulates, in a few succinct words, the key role that drawing plays when it comes to architecture. An importance that the Architecture Drawing Prize has been celebrating since 2017 and that, for its 6th edition, has benefited from the sponsorship of the Iris Ceramica Group and the media partnership of Floornature. The work of the jury chaired by Paul Finch, Director of the World Architecture Festival, and composed of artists Nikki Bell and Ben Langlands; Bruce Boucher, Director of the Sir John Soane Museum; artist Pablo Bronstein; Lily Jencks, founder of the Lily Jencks Studio; Federica Minozzi, CEO of the Iris Ceramica Group; Narinder Sagoo, Senior Partner of Foster + Partners, and Ken Shuttleworth, founder of Make Architects was recently completed.

Let’s take a close look at the winners of the three award categories:
"The Spirit of Mountain" by Weicheng Ye is the winner of the "Hand-Drawn" category, a pencil work that explores the relationship between man and nature. Paul Finch describes the drawing as one of great delicacy, where nature is inserted as an artistic intervention into the aesthetics of tall buildings.
"Fitzroy Food Institute" by Samuel Wen is the winner of the "Hybrid" category, a work whose conceptual originality was emphasised by Ken Shuttleworth, founder of Make Architects. While it appears to be a drawing of a dining table where a meal is shared, at the same time it is a work full of architectural details with plans, sections and elevations.
Finally, the winner of the"Digital" category is The Wall by Anton Markus Pasing, a work that deeply impressed the jury. A complex, golden wall that appears both vertical and horizontal and, as artists Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell point out, "it is not a border or a barrier, it is a space itself, a place of habitation, a record of social interaction. The wall is like time, it is history in the making".
The award ceremony and the exhibition of the winning works will take place in December at the World Architecture Festival in Lisbon, while the overall winner of the 2022 edition will be announced in the first half of 2023 during the exhibition of the selected works, to be held at the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London.

(Agnese Bifulco)

Images courtesy of Architecture Drawing Prize

Captions and Credits

The Hand-Drawn Category:
(03) The Spirit of Mountain by Weicheng Ye - Winner
(04) The Temple of Gaia by Giorgos Christofi
(05) Final Mexico Drawing by Ben Johnson - shortlist
(06) Homage to Corb by Dustin Wheat - shortlist

The Hybrid Category
(02) Fitzroy Food Institute by Samuel Wen - Winner
(07) The Stamper Battery by William du Toit - shortlist
(08) Traversing Dreamscapes by Sean Seah - shortlist

The Digital Category
(01) The Wall by Anton Markus Pasing - Winner
(09) The Minecraft Labyrinth - A Reclamation of Childhood by Eric Pham - shortlist
(10) Mnemosyne by Shirley Ziyun Guo, Meichen Duan and Ioanna Petropoulou - shortlist


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