Winners of the WAF Architecture Drawing Prize 2020

by Ofentse Sefolo
Winners of the WAF Architecture Drawing Prize 2020

The fourth annual Architecture Drawing Prize, which is curated by the World Architecture Festival (WAF), Sir John Soane’s Museum and Make Architects, just revealed its 2020 winners.

Overall winner and hybrid category winner: Apartment #5, a labyrinth and repository of spatial memories by Clement Laurencio, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, wowed the judges and other entrants.

The entries of the prize winners will also be exhibited at WAF 2021 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Apartment #5, a labyrinth and repository of spatial memories by Clement Laurencio, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. The dwelling, set in London, recreates atmospheres of places remembered from a recent voyage to India. Separate pencil hand drawings are digitally composed, corrupting and curating places into a labyrinth of spatial memories.

The judges noted how this drawing creates a labyrinth of drawings, each with its own story. Familiarity and mystery are conveyed with a sensitive, confident technique of great skill and precision. There is nothing loud or colourful, only a realm of acutely observed detail with a powerful muted presence. You can really imagine being here.

Lockdown prize winner and hybrid category shortlist: Airplane Tower by Victor Hugo Azevedo and Cheryl Lu Xu, Robert AM Stern Architects.

The judges were captivated by the Airplane Tower drawing’s immediacy, wit and use of multiple perspectives while addressing serious questions around the Covid-19 pandemic. It is interlinking the environment and reuse agenda with the housing crisis and the many challenges faced by the travel industry.

Other shortlisted entries in the hybrid category are:

Hybrid category shortlist: Choate Colony Hall, Jeff Stikeman, Robert AM Stern Architects.
Hybrid category shortlist: Mechanical Theatre of Smash Palace, Jono Yoo, University of Auckland.

The judging panel
The 2020 jury panel included artists Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell; Gary Simmons, main board director at William Hare Group; Ken Shuttleworth, founder of Make Architects; Lily Jencks, co-founder of LilyJencksStudio and JencksSquared; Louise Stewart, curator of exhibitions at Sir John Soane’s Museum; Narinder Sagoo, senior partner at Foster + Partners; artist Pablo Bronstein; and Paul Finch, programme director of the World Architecture Festival.

The announcement of the winning entries was made online in conjunction with a virtual panel discussion featuring members of the jury.

For more information, visit https://thedrawingprize.worldarchitecturefestival.com/.

Click here to view the panel video: https://youtu.be/csaOrHPlDLo

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