RIBA Journal Eye Line drawing contest:

Celebration at TOTO

RIBA Journal, the magazine of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), marks the successful conclusion of ‘Eye Line’, a drawing competition for architects, with an event at the London showroom of TOTO in the heart of the Capital’s creative district. An astonishing range of works are being celebrated at the Clerkenwell event, with the winning entries published in the August print and online editions of the Journal.


The journal received nearly 250 entries and over 700 drawings from architects all over the world and at all stages of their careers including architecture students. Fifty shortlisted entries were judged by artist Cornelia Parker RA, architect Professor Alan Dunlop, and Narinder Sagoo of Foster and Partners.


In his Leader for the awards issue, RIBA Journal editor Hugh Pearman explains the
thinking behind this unusual contest:


‘Drawing. It’s what architects do. Architecture does not have to be built to exist, it must merely be designed. Marks are made, by one means or another. An idea takes form. The act of drawing stimulates thought: when Frank Lloyd Wright famously designed Fallingwater in two hours flat to meet his client’s sudden deadline (having mulled it over for nine months) he talked all the way through the process, according to his assistants. He was talking to himself as much as to them. Drawing thus became a kind of selfinterrogation, an internal critique of what up to that point had been – well, whatever the uncaptured ideas in Wright’s mind looked like. It was with this in mind that we launched our Eye Line drawing competition. If drawing is about the visual communication of ideas, if it is the one thing that architects of all stylistic persuasions have in common, then clearly we should be celebrating the best drawings as well as the best completed buildings. Buildings, in the end, are a mass of necessary compromises: but not all drawings have to be fettered this way. Moreover, we are at an interesting moment in the
depiction of architecture. A few years ago, there was a sharp divide between the handdrawn and the digitally-rendered. Today that distinction is largely meaningless as architects increasingly layer and manipulate various techniques to achieve their desired end.’


The Winners

First Place: Reforestation of the Thames Estuary, Tom Noonan – ‘a creeping sense of unravelling disquiet’

Second place: Boat-building centre, Glasgow, Emma Gibb –’incredible skill of resolution’

Third place: ‘Empty Windows’ and ‘Undercroft’, Jonathan Gibb – ‘the moodiness of a film noir’


Images 1-3: First prize winner of the RIBA Journal Eye Line drawing competition:
Reforestation of the Thames Estuary, Tom Noonan, DipArch Hawkins\Brown – ‘a creeping sense of unravelling disquiet’


Images 4-5: In second place, left: Boat-building centre, Glasgow, Emma Gibb MArch, Scott Sutherland School of Architecture ––’incredible skill of resolution’; and in third position, right, ‘Empty Windows’, Jonathan Gibb, AIA NZIA Studio B Architects, Melbourne - ‘the moodiness of a film noir’