From initial year´s themes such as Engaging Through Architecture (2013), Transformation (2014), Habitation (2015) and Sustainability (2016) to later year´s more theoretically and societally engaged themes like Everyday Utopia (2017), Shaping New Realities (2018), Post-Human Metamorphosis (2019) and Hand Me A Drawing (I) (2020) the competition has always addressed relevant architectural issues.
Drawing is the principal medium of architecture
The aim of the competition is to celebrate the architect’s oldest and most important tool, and to continuously explore new tendencies in architecture through architectural drawing. The drawing process leads to new thinking and to development of ideas for the one who draws. Furthermore, it is a medium that disseminates thoughts and ideas to colleagues, clients, and a broader audience. The drawing can communicate, seduce, convince, and initiate a dialogue. That´s why drawing is so important and why we continue to encourage students all over the world to participate in the annual competition, Drawing Of The Year. As former jury member Jenny Osuldsen from Snøhetta says: The one who holds the pen, has the power.
We value that the competition is run and completed professionally, that the theme is relevant, that the entries are judged professionally, and recognized with decent prices. Further the competition is followed up by an exhibition, and for three years in a row we have documented the 100 best annual drawings in a publication.
Collage – Hand Me a Drawing (II)
This year´s theme is Collage, Hand Me a Drawing (II). After some years focusing on new drawing technologies, digital drawing and mixed media, this year´s competition treasures handmade entries and specifically collage techniques, celebrating the art and skill of a less traditional method, pushing boundaries for representation.
Sketches and drawings are the bones of any architectural design, the DNA of architecture, expressing and combining the interaction between the architect’s mind, eyes and hands. Drawing has always been a practice that differentiated architecture and construction from other disciplines, and great architects have made it an artistic discipline, as well. Every architect has his/her own style, that cannot be taught or copied, only developed and raffined through practice. In the spirit of many great architects of the past, from Palladio and John Soane, Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier, Lebbeus Woods, Zaha Hadid, to contemporary architects like Ishigami, Kazuyo Sejima, Jeanne Gang, Tatiana Bilbao, and Eva Prats it’s has evolved into a platform of reflection and exploration of how artistic drawing continues to advance the art of architecture today.
This year we twist the drawing and turn towards collage, which is a mix of media, including drawing, paper, photo, or fabric.