Architizer’s Vision Awards is now accepting entries, with a Main Entry Deadline on May 9th, 2023. In response to the overwhelming popularity of our One Rendering, One Drawing and One Photo Challenges, we developed this awards program to recognize some of the architecture industry’s most unsung creative heroes. As with Architizer’s A+Awards, we’ve assembled a stellar, multi-disciplinary jury of architectural thought leaders from around the world, allowing entrants to get their work in front of some of the industry’s leading figures and see their work published in print.
With two different awards categories for the Best Architectural VDrawing (Hand Drawn and Computer Aided), each recognizing a Studio Winner, an Individual (independent professional) Winner and a Student Winner, there are opportunities for all career levels to receive accolades from this accomplished panel. The Vision Awards Jury will also vote on the Architect Creator of the Year. (You can read more about the Vision Awards categories here.)
While the Vision Awards’ jury comprises influential figures in the fields of architecture, design, technology, film, and beyond, this article highlights some of the drawing specialists whose expertise will play an important role in selecting the competition winners. The following individuals are amply qualified for the task. As you scroll and read their bios, you’ll see that Architizer has invited pioneering figures who continue redefining what it means to work in architectural drawing today.
Founder of 30X40 Design Workshop
Eric Reinholdt is the architect and founder of the residential architecture practice, 30X40 Design Workshop. He’s the author of Architect + Entrepreneur, an innovator of progressive practice models, and the creator of the YouTube channel, 30X40 Design Workshop. From his remote island studio he makes videos about architecture, designs simple, modern homes, and shares his process online.
Architect at Gensler
Hamza Shaikh is a London-based architect and artist. He is prominently known for his experimental architectural drawings on social media as well as his thought-leadership in the design industry. His recent book, ‘Drawing Attention – Architecture in the Age of Social Media’ was published by RIBA and Routledge and has been described as a crucial handbook for students and professionals worldwide.
He is also the host of the Two Worlds podcast series which aims to uncover the hidden potential of architecture by speaking with extraordinary practitioners on the fringe of architecture. In 2021, he was the recipient of the Individual of the Year award by the Thornton Education Trust for ‘inspiring future generations’ in architecture. Hamza has been described as a rising star and an influencer in the profession and is seen as a mentor to young professionals and students. He is also a visiting critic at the University for the Creative Arts and the University of Westminster.
Founder of Architecture Hunter
Considered by Feedspot as the #1 among the top 125 architectural influencers in the world, the Brazilian architect Amanda Ferber is the founder of Architecture Hunter, one of the largest architecture pages on Instagram in the world, with almost 3 million followers. In 2018, the architect was featured on the cover of the Italian magazine Beesness as ‘the architects’ influencer”, representing young women in the business world. In 2019, at the age of 24, Amanda entered the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
During her academic life, Amanda worked at studioMK27, led by the internationally renowned Marcio Kogan, as well as on important architecture platforms. Besides being a jury member of different international architecture awards, and the ambassador of Morpholio, Amanda has traveled the world giving lectures on how to turn Instagram into a strategic tool for architects and designers. @amanda_ferber @architecture_hunter
Founder of Floor Plan Croissant
Boryana Ilieva (aka Floor Plan Croissant) is an architect who hunts film houses and paints their depths. She believes a film floor plan forms a ghost matrix where directors place hidden messages. In 2022 she participated in the Sketch Gallery Talk at the first-of-its-kind Gathering of film production designers from around the world in Greece. She guest lectured at the Royal College of Art (UK) and the University of Toronto (Canada). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences digital magazine has featured her work. Recent contributor as an illustrator to the MUBI print magazine, Notebook.
Architect at SmithGroup
As an architect, artist and educator, Dan has developed the capacity to blend digital and traditional media in developing architectural concepts and has exhibited with the SFMOMA, the AIA, and numerous private galleries. Apart from his multidisciplinary design practice, Dan serves as faculty at the AAU San Francisco, where he teaches design and drawing studios.
Architect at Snøhetta
Bless Yee was the Non-Student Grand Prize Winner of 2020’s One Drawing Challenge, and was one of the winners of Dezeen’s 2021 Redesign the World competition. She is an architect, artist, and educator based in New York City. Currently Bless is an Project Architect at Snøhetta and is an adjunct professor at the New York City College of Technology— she has also worked at Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Handel Architects. In her personal work she is developing methods of layering hand drawing and physical models with digital tools to depict compelling narratives of social issues.
Founder of Sabi Space
Sabina Blasiotti is a London-based architectural designer with roots in Pescara, Italy, where she grew up. Sabina’s passion for design led her to London, where she graduated from the University of Westminster (BA) and Bartlett UCL (MArch). Sabina gained valuable experience working at renowned architecture firms, including BIG in London and Kengo Kuma in Tokyo, Japan, before founding her own practice, Sabi Space.
Sabina’s work is a testament to her intuition, extensive research, and passion for taking on challenging projects. Her projects have garnered international recognition, including accolades from Azure Magazine, Architizer, and UCL, and have been exhibited in prestigious venues such as the Royal Academy, Sir John Soane’s Museum, and RIBA HQ. Sabina’s commitment to design and architecture goes beyond her professional work. She is currently continuing her studies and teaches as a guest critic and lecturer, taking on the responsibility of promoting progress within the field.