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Winner named in inaugural Soane-backed drawing prize

A Bartlett student’s illustration of a care home in Peckham has won the inaugural Architecture Drawing Prize backed by the Soane Museum, Make and the World Architecture Festival

Jerome Xin Hao Ng’s Momento Mori: a Peckham Hospice Care Home was praised by the judges for being ’superbly conceived’ and executing ’perspectival view’, depicting the building as a setting for ‘multi-generation social interaction’.

The prize, which recognises the continuing importance of hand drawing as well as digitally produced renderings, has been organised by Make Architects, Sir John Soane’s Museum and the World Architecture Festival (WAF).

Ng’s vision was named overall winner of the award after topping the category for Hybrid images. It beat the winners of the two other categories: Digital, which was won by Christopher Wijatno’s Deepwater Purgatory; and Hand-drawn, won by Gillespies landscape architect Dimitrios Grozopoulis’s Scenarios for a Post-Crisis Landscape. The latter was also commended by the judges. 

The winners were whittled down from a 38-strong shortlist, with drawings from architects and students hailing from 15 countries. Of a total 166 entries received, 60 per cent were by entrants aged 30 or under. 

The judging panel was made up of artists Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell, Foster + Partners head of design communication Narinder Singh Sagoo, Make Architects founder Ken Shuttleworth, Sir John Soane’s Museum senior curator Owen Hopkins and WAF curator Jeremy Melvin. 

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.’

Shuttleworth 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.’