Liquid layer by Filippa Dafni, a hybrid drawing that combines different rendering techniques, was described by Make founder Ken Shuttleworth, one of the judges, as “a truly unique example of a hybrid rendering”.
The annual award, now in its fifth year and co-curated by the Sir John Soanes Museum, Make Architects and World Architecture Festival, is open to architects, designers and students. The award is judged on the basis of technical skills and originality of the approach and recognizes both the creative use of digital tools and reproductions as well as the continued importance of hand-drawing, with categories for hand-drawn, hybrid and digital works.
The judges commented on how an increased sense of place had come to the fore in the posts this year, despite the fact that many architects were physically distanced from their projects during the pandemic, and that design processes were increasingly screen-based.
The winning drawing of Dafni was also the joint winner in the Hybrid category.
Dafni described his drawing and said: ‘The drawing responds to the climate emergency situation in central London by proposing the activation of “Deep Ground” as a responsive flood landscape.’
In the Hand-drawn winner category, Reconfiguration of Addis Ababa’s talesby Antonio Paoletti (details below) illustrates a graphic novel exploring a proposal to rebuild Addis Ababa’s dilapidated historic districts, where the livelihoods of resident communities are threatened by the city’s rapid urbanization.
The other joint winner, with Dafni’s Liquid layerin the category Hybrid var (un) homeliness by Boji Hu (details below).
This work includes a hand-drawn short film exploring the boundaries of private and public spheres and looking at the potential of empty urban interiors to screen homeless people, refugees and asylum seekers.
A drawing that examines the nature of the place and explores the relationship between the studio (the bedroom) and the place in the design of an architectural project during the pandemic, was the winner of the digital category this year (below). The drawing, Site (s) of Flux by Zachary Higson, was also selected for The Lockdown Prize, the second year this prize has been awarded
The judges in 2021 were Robin Brodie Cooper from stock partner Gleeds; Lily Jencks, co-founder of LilyJencksStudio and JencksSquared; Narinder Sagoo, senior partner at Foster + Partners; Ken Shuttleworth, founder of Make Architects; Louise Stewart, curator of exhibitions at Sir John Soane’s Museum, and artist Pablo Bronstein. The jury was chaired by Paul Finch, program director for the World Architecture Festival.
In addition to the physical exhibition, there is also a virtual exhibition curated by Make Architects to mark the award’s five-year anniversary – a retrospective showing drawings of the winners and finalists of the award since its inception in 2017.
The finalists and winners will be on display at Sir John Soane’s Museum until Sunday 20 February.