‘Complex and effortful’ traditional drawings including Borromini’s church and Yale School of Architecture scoop commendation for students Winston Yuen and Christopher Tritt
Winston Yuen & Christopher Tritt, Yale University
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As a former Yale student won a commendation in 2017 with a similar hand-drawn perspective of another Rome church, the judges wondered if Yale University was sending all its young students on a tour of duty in the Eternal City. But that didn’t stop them recognising this skilful drawing of Borromini’s Baroque church in the Piazza Navona. Nor, indeed, did the fact that none was really convinced the drawing could have been done on site.
The skill of the work was acknowledged however, with Pearman noting that ‘we get very few traditional entries,’ and directing attention to Yuen’s use of both bird’s eye and worm’s eye views in the same sectional drawing, in a sense echoing the convex/ concave nature of the architect’s own work. So was struck by the work, remarking ‘It’s very rare to see modern students drawing like this.’ Quek commented that it was hard to judge actual designs against measured drawings of existing buildings but saw this example of the latter as ‘a very strong contender’. Desmet meanwhile, read both this and the sectional axonometric of the Yale School of Architecture as ‘epic images’. But all appreciated the palpable sense of physical process embodied in both; Pearman feeling it to be ‘one of the most complex and effortful of all the entries.’
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