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Georgian Group’s International Architectural Measured Drawing Prize Shortlist Announced

The shortlist has been announced 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.

The shortlisted entrants are as follows:

·         Edmund Browne. Part II draftsman and architectural assistant at Craig Hamilton. Drawing - Buntingsdale Hall, Market Drayton, Elevation (2017)

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·         Robert Cox. Chartered Architect and Associate at ADAM Architecture.

Drawing - School at Winchester College, Elevation (2017)

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·         Joseph Huang. Post-graduate student of architecture at Kingston.

Drawing - St George’s Bloomsbury, Half-plan and Cross-Section (2017)

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·         Michael Paul Lewis. Architectural assistant at Feilden Clegg Bradley.

Drawing - Ralph Allen’s Townhouse, Bath, Elevation (2017)


·         Conor Lynch. Architecture student at Dublin School of Architecture.

Drawing - Russborough House, Wicklow, Elevation (2017)

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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.

Supported by the Traditional Architecture Group, a linked society of the RIBA, the award is being held to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Georgian Group, which was set up in 1937 to protect historic buildings in England and Wales. The competition was last held in 2008 to celebrate the 60th birthday of Georgian Group patron the Prince of Wales.

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. 


Hugh Petter, contest judge, Georgian Group vice-chair and a director at ADAM Architecture, said: “Measured drawing is the traditional way in which architects learn from their forebears through close observation and recording of architectural form, proportion, materials and detail.”

“Until relatively recently, measured drawing formed part of every architect’s training, but today it is less commonly taught. This prize is an opportunity for students and young architects to develop their analytical and presentational measured drawings skills through the careful study of a Georgian building.”


Entrants were invited to submit up to two drawings but all material was to have been drafted since 1 January 2016. In the end all the entries received were from 2017. The subject was any Georgian-style building completed between 1660 and 1840 anywhere in the world. Drawings were to be in pen or pencil and with colour, but not be computer aided.

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.

SImon Hurst