Momento Mori: a Peckham Hospice Care Home by Jerome Xin Hao Ng is the overall winner of the inaugural Architecture Drawing Prize curated by Make Architects, Sir John Soane’s Museum and the World Architecture Festival.

Jeremy Melvin, Curator of World Architecture Festival (WAF), heralded the drawing as “a superbly conceived and executed perspectival view looking down through the building from roof level, praised for its technical skill and the sensitivity with which it depicted the spaces found in such institutions as settings for multi-generation social interaction”.

It was produced as part of Ng’s final diploma project at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.


Memento Mori: A Peckham Hospice Care Home by architecture student Jerome Xin Hao Ng (UK), winner of the Architecture Drawing Prize.
Memento Mori: A Peckham Hospice Care Home by architecture student Jerome Xin Hao Ng (UK), winner of the Architecture Drawing Prize.

As the winner of the category for Hybrid images, Ng’s drawing was selected for the top prize over the winners of the other two categories: Christopher Wijatno’s Deepwater Purgatory in the Digital category; Dimitrios Grozopoulis’ Scenarios for a Post-Crisis Landscape from the Hand-drawn category.

Wijatno depicted a prison moored like an oil rig in deep water, which judges felt evoked Piranesi and Dante. Grozopoulis’ drawing was commended by judges as having a haunting quality beyond that of most images of post-industrial landscapes, portrayed with an extraordinary control of line.


Scenarios for a Post-Crisis Landscape by Dimitrios Grozopoulis, winner of the Hand-drawn category.
Scenarios for a Post-Crisis Landscape by Dimitrios Grozopoulis, winner of the Hand-drawn category.

The Architecture Drawing Prize was judged by artists Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell; Narinder Singh Sagoo, Head of Design Communication at Foster and Partners; Ken Shuttleworth of Make Architects; Owen Hopkins of the Sir John Soane’s Museum; and Jeremy Melvin of the World Architecture Festival.

Ken Shuttleworth, Founder of Make, said: “Drawing has always been a passion of mine, I imagine it is for most architects. So few drawings are realised as actual buildings, but this is a chance to celebrate the drawing as its own creation, its own piece of art. We hope that this shortlist will provide an exciting snapshot of creative thinking and excellence in drawing from around the world.”

Owen Hopkins commented: “In the end, three drawings emerged which we felt demonstrated a perfect unity of subject, technique and media – and these were our winners. The competition has shown that the art of architectural drawing is well and truly alive”.

Judges Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell added: “A great drawing is the first step from beauty to immortality. The importance of drawing can’t be exaggerated because it evidences aesthetic and conceptual perception at the most fundamental level.”

The Architecture Drawing Prize received 166 entries across the three categories. In addition to the winners, the judges gave two commendations and selected another six for display in the digital category. The judges also awarded five commendations and picked a further six of the hand-drawn entries to shortlist for display at WAF, and in the hybrid category made three commendations with another seven shortlisted entries chosen for display at WAF.

The shortlist extends to 38 accomplished entries from architects, designers and students hailing from 15 different countries around the globe. Sixty percent of the shortlisted entries were submitted by entrants aged 30 and under.


Deep Water Purgatory by Christopher Wijatno, winner of the Digital category.
Deep Water Purgatory by Christopher Wijatno, winner of the Digital category.

These shortlisted entries will be displayed at the Architecture Drawing Prize stand at the World Architecture Festival which takes place in Berlin from 15-17 November 2018. All winning and commended entrants have been awarded a delegate pass to attend the event. There will be presentations for the category winners and exhibits of the shortlisted and winning drawings on the stand. The overall winner, Jerome Xin Hao Ng, will receive an award at the prestigious Gala Dinner, which closes the Festival on the evening of November 17th.

The winning and shortlisted entries will then be exhibited at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London from 21 February – 14 April 2018.

The Architecture Drawing prize was created in recognition of the continuing importance of hand drawing, whilst also embracing the creative use of digitally produced renderings. Submissions have been evaluated on the basis of their technical skill, originality in approach and ability to convey an architectural idea, whether for a conceptual or actual building project.


Architecture Drawing Prize’s Shortlisted Entries in the Drawing Category:

Renovation of Denggao Village by Xinyuan Cao, Mahlum, USA (Commended)
Renovation of Denggao Village by Xinyuan Cao, Mahlum, USA (Commended)
The Ministry of Ocean Wisdom by Victor Moldoveanu, Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark
The Ministry of Ocean Wisdom by Victor Moldoveanu, Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark
Industrial Melanism, by Joel Jones, London Southbank University, UK
Industrial Melanism, by Joel Jones, London Southbank University, UK
Echoessssssss 2 by Sarath Saitongin, Städelschule Architecture Class, Germany
Echoessssssss 2 by Sarath Saitongin, Städelschule Architecture Class, Germany
Publicly Accessible Spaces in St Paul’s Cathedral by Chris Raven, DRDH Architects, UK (Commended)
Publicly Accessible Spaces in St Paul’s Cathedral by Chris Raven, DRDH Architects, UK (Commended)
Macca by Shiro Nishikawa, Nikken Sekkei, Japan
Macca by Shiro Nishikawa, Nikken Sekkei, Japan
Palmed-Off by Isabel Sandeman
Palmed-Off by Isabel Sandeman
One Thousand and One Nights by Xinran Ma, USA
One Thousand and One Nights by Xinran Ma, USA

Architecture Drawing Prize’s Shortlisted Entries in the Hand-drawn Category:

Surfaces are solids by Josef Saller, heri&salli, Austria
Surfaces are solids by Josef Saller, heri&salli, Austria
Yproject by Shoichiro Ishii, Nikken Sekkei Illustration Studio, Japan
Yproject by Shoichiro Ishii, Nikken Sekkei Illustration Studio, Japan
Utopia by Ubaldo Occhinegro, Mua Studio, Italy (Commended)
Utopia by Ubaldo Occhinegro, Mua Studio, Italy (Commended)
More Stories about Ports and Polar Bears: A Future for Churchill, Manitoba, by Evan Taylor, Architecture49 Inc, Canada
More Stories about Ports and Polar Bears: A Future for Churchill, Manitoba, by Evan Taylor, Architecture49 Inc, Canada
Spatial Cocktails by Reza Aliabadi, rzlbd, Canada
Spatial Cocktails by Reza Aliabadi, rzlbd, Canada
Scaffold Cities by KM Tham, PTW Architects Sydney, Australia
Scaffold Cities by KM Tham, PTW Architects Sydney, Australia
S-Museum by Masaaki Yamada, Nikken Sekkei Illustration Studio, Japan
S-Museum by Masaaki Yamada, Nikken Sekkei Illustration Studio, Japan
Office Building Rossau Barracks, Vienna, by Martin Zechner, Zechner & Zechner ZT GmbH, Austria
Office Building Rossau Barracks, Vienna, by Martin Zechner, Zechner & Zechner ZT GmbH, Austria
Measured Drawing of School at Winchester College by Sue Beaumont, ADAM Architecture, UK
Measured Drawing of School at Winchester College by Sue Beaumont, ADAM Architecture, UK
Portuguese Street by Anna Budnikova, Strojproject CB, Russia (Commended)
Portuguese Street by Anna Budnikova, Strojproject CB, Russia (Commended)
Munich Marienplatz by Anna Budnikova, Strojproject CB, Russia
Munich Marienplatz by Anna Budnikova, Strojproject CB, Russia
Between the Lines by Peter Magyar, Kansas State University, USA
Between the Lines by Peter Magyar, Kansas State University, USA
360 Degrees Panorama of the Dam Square by Elles Middelians, Studio Ellessi, Natherlands (Commended)
360 Degrees Panorama of the Dam Square by Elles Middelians, Studio Ellessi, Natherlands (Commended)
New Entry 5 by Sergei Tchoban, Tchoban Voss Architekten, Germany (Commended)
New Entry 5 by Sergei Tchoban, Tchoban Voss Architekten, Germany (Commended)
100 by Reza Aliabadi, rzlbd, Canada (Commended)
100 by Reza Aliabadi, rzlbd, Canada (Commended)
Lea Valley Super-Farm: Institute of Failed Fruit and Vegetables in London by Bong Yeung, Foster + Partners, Hong Kong
Lea Valley Super-Farm: Institute of Failed Fruit and Vegetables in London by Bong Yeung, Foster + Partners, Hong Kong

Architecture Drawing Prize’s Shortlisted Entries in the Hybrid Category:

Ambidextrous Architecture by Mohammed Syafiq Hassan Jubri
Ambidextrous Architecture by Mohammed Syafiq Hassan Jubri
Reconstruct with Drawing. Hand drawing for Graphic Analysis by Mariapia Di Lecce, Università degli Studi di Parma - Facoltà di Architettura
Reconstruct with Drawing. Hand drawing for Graphic Analysis by Mariapia Di Lecce, Università degli Studi di Parma – Facoltà di Architettura
Rethinking of Area by Ivan Karnitckii
Rethinking of Area by Ivan Karnitckii
Knowledge Hub and Community Support Spaces - Studying Seasons and Community Interactions by Clare Donald, Scott Brownrigg, UK (Commended)
Knowledge Hub and Community Support Spaces – Studying Seasons and Community Interactions by Clare Donald, Scott Brownrigg, UK (Commended)
Hydrological Cluster by Anna Budnikova, Strojproject CB, Russia
Hydrological Cluster by Anna Budnikova, Strojproject CB, Russia
Deep Rise by Jollie Cheung, aehstudio, Hong Kong
Deep Rise by Jollie Cheung, aehstudio, Hong Kong
(Me)aning After the Revolution of Play by Martin Carrillo, Bennington College, USA
(Me)aning After the Revolution of Play by Martin Carrillo, Bennington College, USA
Estuary Airfield by Laurie Chetwood, Chetwoods, UK
Estuary Airfield by Laurie Chetwood, Chetwoods, UK
Noah’s Ark of Reminiscence by Maria Kremer, Bureau Alexander Brodsky, Russia
Noah’s Ark of Reminiscence by Maria Kremer, Bureau Alexander Brodsky, Russia