Historic Prize Winner

Jayne Han, UCL ‘Study of Timber Joinery: Hanok’

Digital Prize Winner

Jo Buckle, Whitby Wood ‘Feasibility Study’

Detail Prize Winner

Joey Belda, Arup ‘Doha cladding detail / Perforated cladding detail’

Concept Prize Winner and Main Prize Winner

Alfonzo Prezzi ‘Transfer structure in a building in Regent Street, London’

Process Prize Commended

Camilla Parby ‘CLT extension’

The aim of the Engineering Sketches Prize is to encourage the use of hand-drawing techniques to communicate designs and ideas in engineering. To do this, we want to reward excellence and communicate the lessons learned from all the entries to the community of organisations taking part.


The last time we ran the Engineering Sketches event was in Spring 2017. This time around there are more than double the number of entrants and entries.  Nearly 50% of engineering Club members took part and we were pleased to welcome a number of non-members to the exhibition as well. Perhaps the only disappointment was a smaller showing by the M&E and environmental engineering sector this time around.


This is evidence we feel of a flourishing culture (cult?) of sketching within a select and growing group of engineering practices. There is a suggestion that these are perversely rowing against a tide of computer based drawing coming in the other direction; but the feeling of creativity and immediacy in the drawings entered suggest that this is, on the contrary, a healthy phenomenon.


The collective endeavor of the engineering practice Civic Engineers is a case in point. Although no prize-winners among them, there was evidence of a deep culture of drawing in the practice from the wide range of entries. As a new presence in the prize they join other organisations who have made their enthusiasm and skill felt though the Engineering Sketches Prize.


For the first time we explicitly invited student entries with specific prizes allocated to them. In late 2017 the Engineering Club and Drawing at work were invited to address the ACED (Association of Civil Engineering Departments)  conference who were considering including sketching as part of the curriculum in engineering courses. We were pleased with the range of institutions from around the country who were represented in the entries but it seems that there is a good distance to go before this could be described as a ‘culture’ within schools. Many of the entries were architecture students, but this is a good indication of how sketching can produce a common ground for both disciplines to express themselves. With the energy support of Headline Sponsor the Whitbybird Foundation we intend to build on this start and to further encourage involvement of the engineering schools in this Prize.


The judges were looking to award prizes for the best overall sketch and for the best student sketch, along with the winning and commended prizes for the following categories; Concept, Process, Detail and Historical Study. The standard of entries overall was much higher in previous years and many of the sketches not even mentioned here might have been winners in previous years.


We were particularly pleased to receive a collection of notebook images of concrete buildings – ancient and modern – in Rome from Mark Kelly of Gensler. Similarly the Inktober watercolour sketches of Fitzrovia – one for each day of the month - from Illia Afifuddin of Arup were a pleasure to see. The organisers will consider a new set of criteria for recognising rewarding extraordinary draughtsmanship and talent for illustration, such as these, in future.




Commended: Rob Wiesner, WSP - Lisbon Porto Field Trip

Commended: Phil Holker, Jacobs - A Study of Steam Engines

Winner: Jayne Han, UCL - Study of Timber Joinery Structure: Hanok (Skeleton)



Commended: Minxi Bao, Eckersley O’Callaghan - Apple Ginza Building

Winner: Jo Buckle, Whitby Wood - Feasibility Study



Student: Matthew Morley, LSBU – pipe robot

Commended: Mathai Mathew, Michael Hadi Associates – supporting the globe

Commended: Lorenzo Santelli, Eckersley O’Callghan – door details

Winner: Joey Belda, Arup – Doha cladding detail / Perforated cladding detail



Student: Callum Woodford, Sheffield University - Hyper-insulated closed loop biomimetic building

Commended: Sapna Halai, Skelly & Couch -Collins Theatre Sustainability & Energy Strategy

Commended: Duncan Walters, Eckersley O’Callaghan - Panther House concept

Commended: Robert Wiesner, WSP - Low Level RC Core Transfer Structures

Winner: Alfonzo Pezzi – Transfer structure in a building in Regent Street London.



Commended: Camilla Parby – Webb Yates - CLT extension

Winner: Gustaf Granstrom, Heyne Tillett Steel - Thoughts on Modular CLT Build.


Overall Student Prize Winner:  

Choi Lin Chan, University College London (UCL) - Ancient Chinese wooden architecture


Main Prize Winner:

Alfonzo Pezzi – Transfer structure in a building in Regent Street London.


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Overall Student Prize Winner

Choi Lin Chan, UCL ‘Ancient Chinese wooden architecture’