Exhibition / Mid-November 2015


Engineering Sketches Competition 2015

A wide range of sketching applications were on show amongst the prizewinners in the fourth Annual Engineering Sketches competition.


To illustrate this Mark Whitby, Chairman of the Engineering Club and one of the judges for the competition selected at one end of the scale the initial concept sketch of the 2012 Serpentine Gallery from Stuart Smith of Arup; and at the other the site notebook sketches of Francesco Ferrari, also of Arup, which provided contractors with quick engineering answers without the need to go back to the office and the computer. Presenting the prizes he commended the use of sketching skills at the appropriate level to make effective communication. Both these sketches were in the Highly commended category and are among eight sketches that the judges selected for commendation. These included Chris Mills of Expedition sequence "How to build a school" which in the judges estimation had a clever narrative, detail that drew the viewer into the story and an appropriate use of scale. Another highly commended sketch, "Staircase, exploded view" by Alex Lynes of Webb Yates Engineers showed yet another sketching application - this time an exploded diagram showing the complex assembly of a carved stone staircase with sophisticated engineering. "Assured and part of a series of well presented technical drawings from which to understand both manufacture and assembly".


The Overall Winner provided further evidence of the different uses that could be found for sketching. Guggenheim Helsinki competition entry by Yanchee Lau brought together a series of sketches to explain the technical content of the competition entry. Succinct and informative the sketches showed the intentions of the design team from structural floor plans to environmental strategy. "An extraordinary tour de force" according to the judges.


This year's competition attracted around 150 sketches from nearly 50 entrants in 18 different engineering practices. Overall the quality matched that of previous years: it was noticeable how many entrants had participated in the Drawing Gymnasium – the sketching course run by the Engineering Club and Drawing at Work. The confidence of young engineers expressing themselves through hand sketch was encouraging to see, alongside the diversity of applications and range of drawing styles.


The full list of commended and winning entries is as follows



Yanchee Lau, Eckersley O'Callaghan


Highly Commended

Alex Lynes, Webb Yates Engineers

Francesco Ferrari, Arup

Stuart Smith, Arup



Chris Mills, Expedition

Mike Kirkham, Mike Kirkham Design Associates

Mark Day, Webb Yates Engineers

Elizabeth Bishop, Arup


The Competition Judges for Engineering Sketches 2015 were

Trevor Flynn, Drawing at Work

Kelly Harrison, Heyne Tillett Steel

Andrew Scoones, ngenuity Ltd

Mark Whitby, The Engineering Club


The Exhibition of entires runs at The Institution of Structural Engineers, 47 Bastwick Street, London EC1 until mid-November.

Overall winner: Yanchee Lau, Eckersley O'Callaghan

Commended: Elizabeth Bishop, Arup