The Aarhus School of Architecture has announced the results of its annual Drawing of the Year competition. Architecture students from around the world were invited to submit drawings under this year’s theme Everyday Utopia, and the resulting artworks are as wide-ranging as the tools used to create the drawings (like 3D renderings, collages, the good ol’ analogue pen, and various combinations thereof).

The jury was comprised of Moon Hoon (South Korea, architect and founder of Moon_Bal_Sso/MoonHoon Architects), Trine Berthold (Denmark, architect and associate partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects), and Torben Nielsen (Denmark, architect and rector at Aarhus School of Architecture).

1st Prize: The One Day Unit 

From the winners announcement: “Charles Weinberg (Belgium) and Shai Ben Ami (Israel) from Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Israel, win the first prize of EUR 5000 for a drawing where everyday experiences are composed into everyday utopia. The drawing shows 29 globes organised in a grid to depict the numerous possibilities of organising the buildings, animals and people that shape our lives and surroundings.”

The jury had this to say: “The drawing is well composed and works in different scales – from a distance to close up where the rich details can be explored. Playful and artistic the drawing connects content, message, and illustration into a strong, beautiful drawing. It is open-minded and open-ended.”

2nd Prize: Amazonia

Second Prize: Amazonia by Richard Morrison (UK), University of Westminster (UK)

From the winners announcement: “The winner of the second prize of EUR 2000 is Richard Morrison (UK) from the University of Westminster, UK. His axonometric drawing shows how our world is organized for shopping and distribution. And the sections in the drawing give a view of the layers of advanced technique and structures supporting this way of living.”

Jury: “The concept is overpowering, putting forward a precise idea and question. It is simultaneously political, architectural, detailed and explained. It is polemical. Our reliance on Amazon is already a reality, and the drawing of an everyday utopia becomes an extension of a future life we somehow already live.”

3rd Prize: Cinderella’s Lost Shoe

Third Prize: Cinderella’s Lost Shoe​ by Ifigeneia Liangi (Greece), The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL (UK)

From the winners announcement: “Ifigeneia Liangi (Greece) from The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, UK, wins the third prize of EUR 1000 for her 3D rendered drawing of historical myths and fairytales.”

Jury: “The drawing itself holds the energy of contradictions. It is technically very skilled and precise and supports the concept. Here, the everyday utopia is a quest – removed from society and normality to follow a dream.”