The winning entries to the 2021 Architecture Drawing Prize have been announced, with student submissions winning first place across all three categories: hand-drawn, hybrid, and digital. We are happy to share that Mecanoo Antonio Paoletti won the Architecture Drawing Prize in the Hand-drawn category with his graphic novel reel 'Reconfiguring Addis Ababa's Narratives'.
“This impressive drawing uses an unusual format to place narrative and the impact of buildings on peoples’ lives at the heart of architectural drawing,” said Louise Stewart, Sir John Soane's Museum’s Exhibitions Curator and Architecture Drawing Prize judge. “This approach highlights the vibrancy of architectural drawing today, and the way it facilitates creativity and experimentation.”
Set in the dilapidated historical districts of Ethiopia’s sprawling capital, the graphic novel explores a proposal for redevelopment that helps the precarious livelihoods of local communities amid the city’s rapid urbanization.
The awards series, now in its fifth year, is co-curated by Make Architects, Sir John Soane's Museum, and the World Architecture Festival. For further drawing inspiration, you can see the winners of the 2021 edition of the Architecture Drawing Prize here.