“Drawing of the year 2015”

“Drawing of the year 2015”

For the third year in a row, Aarhus School of Architecture announces a drawing competition aimed at students of architecture all over the world: Drawing of the Year 2015. The competition is launched in cooperation with schmidt hammer lassen architects, VOLA and the Danish Arts Foundation.

The drawing competition, which pays homage to architecture’s oldest tool, has Sustainability through Architecture as its theme. The Jury is composed of four internationally recognized capacities.

“As a media the drawing can inspire, communicate and engage. The drawing can communicate thoughts and dreams. It can be the tool for achieving clarity and understanding, and can thus be used for discussing and developing architectural ideas”, rector Torben Nielsen explains.

In choosing the theme Sustainability through Architecture, the competition emphasises the ways in which architecture can contribute to improve society and change the physical environment on all levels.

Paper or digital form
In the past paper was a necessity for architects to visualise their ideas and thoughts. Today, the computer is just as important for doing this. This is why drawings can be submitted on paper as well as in digital form. The only submission requirement is, that the maximum size of drawings is 1×1 metres.

The deadline for submitting entries is 12 November 2015 at 12.00 (noon), CET.


  • Philippe Madec (France), owner of of Atelier Philippe Madec Paris
  • Veronica Valk (Estonia), owner of Zizi&Yoyo architects
  • Kasper Heiberg Frandsen, associate partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects
  • Torben Nielsen, rector at Aarhus School of Architecture

The winners will be announced 11 December 2015.  The prizes awarded are 5000 Euro (1st prize), 2000 Euro (2nd prize) and 1000 Euro (3rd prize).

The submitted drawings will be exhibited at Aarhus School of Architecture from 11 December 2015 – 1 January 2016.

A curated part of the exhibition will be exhibited at DOKK1 from 18 – 26 January 2016. During the exhibition period professor Walter Unterrainer and Austrian architect Jori Troy will be leading a working studio with students from Aarhus School of Architecture at DOKK1.  The theme will be Resilient Cities, and the workshop will be based on the exhibited drawings.

The drawing as an indispensable tool
Rector Torben Nielsen appreciates all the effort that the various partners have put into the competition: “Thanks to our cooperation with schmidt hammer lassen architects, VOLA and the Danish Arts Foundation it has been possible to launch this competition for the third year in a row and DOKK1 will help bring extra attention to the competition.

There is good reason to focus on drawings, they are an indispensable tool in the work of architects, both in terms of clarification, communication and presentation. We are very excited to see the material submitted by the students”.

Last year we received 172 entries form 32 countries.

Read more about the competition, the jury and criteria for participation:

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