Eye Line 2018: call for entries

We want to see your best architectural images. This year there's a new category for practitioners and a link with the RIBA's world-famous Drawings Collection

Eye Line, the RIBA Journal’s acclaimed an­nual award for architectural image-making skills, is now open for 2018 entries. Once again we are delighted to be in partnership with ar­chitectural visualisation experts AVR Lon­don. As ever, Eye Line is free to enter online.

In its sixth year we are expanding Eye Line in three ways. We are launching a catego­ry exclusively for practitioners. We are setting up an Eye Line Gallery at the RIBA HQ in London to exhibit our winners and commendations. And from this year onwards we are also partnering with the RIBA’s world-fa­mous Drawings and Archives Collections (DAC), based in the Victoria & Albert Muse­um. The DAC will approach prizewinners to discuss the possibilities of adding their en­tries to the Collections.

We make no distinction between ‘hand drawing’ and computer rendering skills – not only because both are of equal value in our view but because so many architectural de­pictions layer several techniques to produce the final image, making such distinctions meaningless.

We also want to encourage more practi­tioners to enter. There is a great difference between a tutored student producing a stun­ning image of an imagined world, and a busy practitioner producing a competition entry or rendering for a real-life client – or drawing imagined possibilities.

Commended 2017,  Frigidarium, Deimante Bazyte.
Commended 2017, Frigidarium, Deimante Bazyte.

So we now have two categories: 

  • Student category: images made by those in architectural education or submitting images made when they were studying.
  • Practitioner category: images made by those fully qualified and working in practice, either for real-life projects or done to explore ideas and experiences. 

Of course practitioners have always entered Eye Line alongside students, but we want to foster the skill of communicating architecture through the image on a practical level.

Last year’s overall winner, Matthew Ker­nan of Queen’s University Belfast, brought richness, humour and allusion to the images of his Tower House project. Other winners and commendations ranged from the ultra-tradi­tional (Robert Cox of Adam Architecture) via Deimante Bazyte’s evocative depiction of a spa for elderly people in Copenhagen (above), to the accessible humour of Jonathan Shekon Chan of Hawkins\Brown, using graphic novel techniques for a museum competition entry.

Joseph Robson, founding director of AVR London, says: 'Having recently completed CGIs for two major public realm projects – Oxford Street’s pedestrianisation and the proposed, light artwork Illuminated River by US artist Leo Villareal, to illuminate 15 of central London’s bridges – one is reminded of the incredible charge of architectural drawings to explain, convince and seduce. We’re excited to discover how Eye Line’s entries will beguile again this year.'

You heard him. Practitioners and students – get image-making, and enter!

Winning and commended entries will be pub­lished in the August issue of RIBAJ as well as ex­hibited at RIBA HQ.


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 Tuesday 12 June, 2018, and must not previously have been entered for 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: Tuesday 12 June, 23:59.

Judging: 28 June.

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

Exhibition opening: September.

Correspondence: eyeline.ribaj@riba.org

Eye Line is produced in partnership with AVR London