Trinity Buoy Wharf Working Drawing Award 2024 - Call for Entries

TBW Working Drawing Award 2023 at Trinity Buoy Wharf

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Working Drawing Award 2024 is open to drawing practitioners worldwide, and aims to explore and promote the role of drawing within architecture, design, and making processes. As a special category of the overall Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize exhibition, it has a separate online Entry Process and Selection Panel, more information on how to enter can be found here. The deadline for registration of entries is Thursday 20 June at 5pm

The Working Drawing Award aims to explore, expand and enhance our knowledge and understanding of working drawings today. It is anticipated that architects, designers, engineers, makers, planners, and scientists, amongst others, who use drawings to ideate, to plan and propose concepts, to communicate ideas and designs, and who make drawings from which something can or will be made, fabricated or constructed, will submit their drawings. For this Working Drawing Award, a working drawing is broadly understood to be a drawing from which something else can or will be made; a drawing that illustrates and explains an idea as part of a process towards making, production or construction; a drawing that facilitates or documents the development of an idea; a drawing that demonstrates notation or ideation; or that forms a drawn instruction to a maker.

It is anticipated that drawings for architecture, design, engineering, and other disciplines that involve construction and making as well as within some art practices, will be submitted for this award and exhibition, and that we will receive submissions of notational and planning drawings, drawings that relate to ideation, sketches, detail drawings, assembly drawings, and other kinds of working drawings that represent design, planning, and the communication of designs and ideas to others. The Working Drawing Award will be presented alongside the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2024 exhibition in October 2024. We want to explore what a working drawing is today - please join us in exploring this!

Applications for the Working Drawing Award are by online submission only. Up to three drawings may be registered by each applicant for consideration by the Working Drawing Award Selection Panel. All eligible drawing practitioners are invited to submit their entries. Drawing will be selected via an online selection process only, and are then to sent to a Collection Centre in July so that we can prepare the exhibition, the publication and education materials, and select the award-winner, prior to the exhibition opening and the awards announcement on Wednesday 3 October. The exhibition will be held at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London from 4-18 October 2024 prior to touring until August 2025.

The distinguished Selection Panel for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Working Drawing Award 2024 will be: Ben Derbyshire, Andrew Grant, and Caroline Grewar. 

     TBW Working Drawing Award 2024 Selectors (L-R): Ben Derbyshire, Andrew Grant, Caroline Grewar

Ben Derbyshire is non-executive Chair of HTA Design LLP, a leading multidisciplinary design practice specialising in housing and placemaking. He has a long association with the practice, having first joined as a student in 1973, becoming a partner in 1986. He led a management buyout in 2013 since when the practice has grown five-fold, now employing 250 people in four studios across the UK. He is a Commissioner of Historic England. He serves on the London Advisory Committee, High Streets Heritage Action Zone Board and is chair of the Historic Places Panel. Ben is President of the London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies and is a current member of the NHBC Council. He was President of RIBA from 2017 – 2019 where he oversaw fundamental change in the financing and governance of the institute and the instigation of policies in relation to climate action, professional competence and codes of conduct. Ben has published widely in research on housing, for example relating to the performance rating of homes and strategies for suburban intensification through collective action of neighbours, known as Supurbia. He has summarised his long career as a housing designer in a book, Home Truths, published by Hatch Editions and available from RIBA Books in January 2023, effectively a primer for anyone with an interest in the planning and design of sustainable places.

Andrew Grant RDI, Hon D.Litt, CMLI, Hon FRIBA, FRSA is Founder and Director, Grant Associates. Andrew is a Landscape Architect whose work explores the connection between people and nature. He started his company, Grant Associates, in 1997 which has grown into an international design studio with offices in Bath and Singapore. He uses creative ecological design thinking to find solutions to the major challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and improving human quality of life, health and well being. Each of his projects responds to the place, its inherent ecology and its people and promotes quality and innovation in landscape design. In 2012 he was awarded the title of RSA Royal Designer for Industry in recognition of his pioneering global work in landscape architecture such as the multi award winning Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. The 54 hectare park explores the technical boundaries of landscape and horticulture in an Asian city and won the Building Project of the Year Award at the 2012 World Architecture Festival. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield, an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA and a member of the National Infrastructure Commission Design Group. Based in the city of Bath he is Chair of the Bathscape Landscape Partnership and a member of the Bath World Heritage Site Advisory Board. He is also co-founder of the pop up festival Forest of Imagination which engages the wider community of Bath in the reimagining of city spaces and our relationship with nature in the city. In 2023 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Bath Spa University in recognition of his outstanding work as a landscape architect and his passion and approach to nature, creativity and imagination.

Caroline Grewar is Director of Programme at V&A Dundee. In this role Caroline is responsible for the strategic leadership of the public programme, which builds upon the vision for V&A Dundee and fulfils the museum’s mission and objectives. Caroline has worked in the culture sector for almost twenty years, beginning her career at the British Institute of Florence in Italy. In 2006, Caroline joined V&A South Kensington where she worked across capital projects, major exhibition delivery, and international touring exhibitions. Before joining V&A Dundee, Caroline was Head of Exhibitions at the Design Museum where she worked with Zaha Hadid Architects, Barber Osgerby and Sir Paul Smith.