Georgian Group Measured Drawing Prize shortlist announced

Georgian Group Measured Drawing Prize shortlist announced

Robert Cox, architect at ADAM Architecture, included in shortlist

Robert Cox, architect at ADAM Architecture has been shortlisted for the Georgian Group’s International Architectural Measured Drawing Prize. Open to artists and architects under 40, the competition sought hand-drawn elevations, plans or sections showing the interior or exterior of Georgian-style buildings anywhere in the world.

Robert comments on his drawing: Nestled in the heart of Winchester College, ‘School’ which was potentially designed by Sir Christopher Wren began construction in September 1683 and was my building of choice to measure. Entirely measured using a 6m steel tape and the help from a cherry picker, I chose to focus on the Entrance bay that features a sculpture of the college’s founder William of Wykeham (C.G.Cibber 1692). Measuring and drawing buildings are fundamental tools that every architect should invest in; as it trains your eye to observe how buildings are constructed and respond to everyday situations. It is also the quickest method to put any idea onto paper and I find it incredible that architects of today are drawing less by hand. Historically, measuring was the traditional way in which architects learnt from their predecessors and it appears that hand drawing has become less important than the ability to use the latest digital device.”

The other shortlisted entrants are Edmund Browne at Craig Hamilton; Joseph Huang, student of architecture at Kingston; Michael Paul Lewis at Feilden Clegg Bradley; and Conor Lynch, student at Dublin School of Architecture.

The judges were extremely impressed by the range of entries, all of which were of commendable quality and demonstrated the vitality of measured drawing amongst the younger generation. It is hoped that the enthusiasm shown for this competition can be repeated annually in order to promote the discipline of measured drawing, especially in relation to Georgian architecture, as widely as possible.

The overall winner will be announced at the 2017 Georgian Group Awards to be held at the RIBA on 30th November 2017. First prize is £1,000, the second prize is £500.

The award aims to help rekindle the art of measured drawing and to promote the study, appreciation and understanding of Georgian architecture. Among the prize-winning submissions to the last contest was Chris Draper’s drawing of Doric House in Bath and the overall winner was an illustration of the Bank of England by Fergus Devlin-Connolly.

Judges included Georgian Group chair Christopher Boyle, vice-chair Hugh Petter, Traditional Architecture Group former chair Alireza Sagharchi, Russell Taylor of Russell Taylor Architects, and John Wilton-Ely, a professor at the University of Hull.

Image: Robert Cox's drawing of the School at Winchester College