Hugh Pearman

You have only a few more days to enter our free annual drawing competition. Let's see your best work!

Interior, late afternoon, by last year's third winner, practitioner category, oil on canvas.
Interior, late afternoon, by last year's third winner, practitioner category, oil on canvas. Credit: Alan Power of Alan Power Architects

Time is running out to enter Eye Line.

Enter by Monday 10th June 

As ever, it’s purely the power of the image that we’re interested in. How well do you communicate an idea or record an existing building or place?  

Once again we invite entries in two categories: practitioners and students.  We will exhibit winners and commendations at the RIBA as well as publishing them in print and online.  And our colleagues at the ­RIBA’s world famous Drawings and Archives Collections (DAC), based in the Victoria & Albert Museum, will scrutinise the winners for potential inclusion in the collections. 

We make no distinction between ‘hand drawing’ and computer rendering skills. Both are of equal value and all are welcome. 

We DO distinguish between practitioners and students however, as the conditions under which you work are very different.

Student category: images made by those in architectural education or who are submitting images made before fully qualified.

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

Last year’s overall winner was Tszwai So of Spheron Architects with An Echo in Time, drawings for a Brussels memorial to victims of 20th century totalitarianism. His main charcoal drawing The Messenger will take its place in the RIBA Collections. 

Now it’s YOUR turn. This is an international competition. Practitioners and students – get image-making, and enter!

Judges include Patty Hopkins, Hopkins Architects; Anne Desmet RA, artist; Neil Spiller, architect and editor of Architectural Design; Wen Quek, architect partner, Cullinan Studio; Tszwai So, co-funder of Spheron Architects and last year’s eye line winner; and Hugh Pearman, editor of the RIBA Journal.

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


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 deadline of 23.59 on Monday 10 June, 2019, and must not previously have been entered for Eye Line.

Enter online HERE

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 10 June, 23:59

Judging: end June

Winners and commendations announced: August issue of RIBAJ and online

Exhibition opening: August

Correspondence: eyeline.ribaj@riba.org