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Eye Line 2021: Competition now closed

Words:
Jan-Carlos Kucharek

Could your drawings join our illustrious gallery of previous winners? Show us how you communicate architecture. To see the results check back in August

Practitioner Muhammad Sahrum’s entry ‘Hidden Liberty’ from last year. Inspired by Christo & Jeanne Claude, it encapsulates much of what it felt like to live through 2020.
Practitioner Muhammad Sahrum’s entry ‘Hidden Liberty’ from last year. Inspired by Christo & Jeanne Claude, it encapsulates much of what it felt like to live through 2020.

Proving that the pandemic need not be a bar to your creativity, Eye Line 2021, RIBAJ’s annual, international, free-to-enter competition showcasing the best drawing and rendering skills, is now open for entries. As ever, we ask for images in two categories – student and practitioner – that brilliantly communicate architecture, in any medium or combination of media. And this year we are looking for work that communicates the agit-prop of resistance to the sense of atomisation that we have all experienced over the last year!

We are looking for images of all kinds, from hand-drawn concept sketch to technically proficient and layered renders.  For us, ‘drawing’ includes any method by which the power of an architectural idea is communicated. This includes depictions of existing buildings as well as works of the imagination.

Practitioners and students enter in different categories:

•    Student category – images made by those in architectural education or who are submitting images made before final qualification.

•    Practitioner category:  images made by those fully qualified and working in practice, whether for real-life projects or to explore ideas and experiences.

National safety guidance allowing, the intention is to exhibit winners and commendations at the RIBA following a winners’ party there and will publish them in print and online. Our colleagues at the RIBA’s Drawings and Archives Collection, based in the Victoria and Albert Museum, will inspect our winners for potential inclusion in the collections.

Last year’s practitioner winner was LA-based Mexican architect Albert Orozco for his stunning ‘Platform for Imagined Ruins’, a render that effortlessly played upon scale, reality and mythology. And student winner was Arinjoy Sen from the Bartlett School with a beautiful and beguiling series of renders that took the Kashmiri craft of carpet weaving to graphically investigate past histories and future potential. Commendations in all media touched on lockdown, the British and Portuguese landscape, improving classicism- and Bergamo!

Every year we are gratified by the originality, wit and talent represented in the Eye Line entries: a truly international, free-to-enter award conducted online.  Practitioners and students – show us your best drawings and join a prestigious cohort of past winners.

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Eye Line rules

We seek the best 2D representations of a building design or concept through visual means. They may be hand or digitally drawn, incorporating collage or any combination or overlay of methods. Video and straight photography excluded.

Enter in either the student or practitioner category. The RIBA Journal reserves the right to reallocate to a different category if deemed necessary.

Maximum of three images per entry, which can be from different projects, or all from the same project.

Joint entries on which more than one person has worked are permissible.

All entries must be uploaded via the link below. We cannot accept physical works. Images must be at 300dpi, file size maximum 25Mb.

The work must have been produced within the three years up to the closing date of 23.59 on Monday 7 June 2021, and must not previously have been entered for Eye Line.

Enter at: ribaj.com/culture/enter-eye-line

Information required

Title of work(s) if applicable, and medium.

Name of the author(s) of the work.

Name of organisation where author works or studies.

Email, postal address and phone number.

Dimensions of the original work as presented (or as you would wish it to be presented) in mm.

Date it was completed.


Key dates

Deadline: Monday 7 June 2021, 23:59.

Judging: end June.

Winners and commendations announced: August 2021 issue of RIBAJ and online.

Exhibition opens (provisional): August/September.

Correspondence: eyeline.ribaj@riba.org

Information required

Title of work(s) if applicable, and medium.

Name of the author(s) of the work.

Name of organisation where author works or studies.

Email, postal address and phone number.

Dimensions of the original work as presented (or as you would wish it to be presented) in mm.

Date it was completed.