Walters Architects Prize 2021

Walters Architects are excited to report that WAP ’21 is on.

Despite recent challenging times at Leeds Beckett University the staff and students are trying their upmost to carry on as best as possible and this week the university have confirmed that they will be arranging for Walters Architects to launch the award for best BA3 concept sketch in the coming weeks.

Works by Najiatajeni Alamin, one of last years WAP short listers
Works by Najiatajeni Alamin, one of last years WAP short listers

The prize will be awarded at the end of this academic year and is aimed at promoting ideas through sketching, whether it be a free hand sketch or a concept visuals like last years winner.

Communicating strong ideas in architecture is always a challenge and students can sometimes be tempted to rush straight to the computer, being restricted by rigid geometric thinking. We accept that not all software packages are restrictive in creativity and some do allow for users to be fluid and fast thinking. However, nothing replaces the speed and fluidity of a quick scribble or sketch for communication initial ideas instantly.

Walters Architects believe the temptation to produce photorealist images is all too tempting for students and has replaced the ability to communicate through drawings so we hope our little prize will help keep the conventional approach alive.

Concept sketch by Rebecca Tomkins
Concept sketch by Rebecca Tomkins

Last years winner did not create a conventional pen/pencil sketch but produced a rather interesting concept image which demonstrated her ideas through, and associated with, theatre. We felt the ideas where captured brilliantly and the continued through her work. whilst the work wasn’t a conventional drawing it was still just the basis of an idea and proved that great ideas drive brilliant architecture.

Last years winning image by Haagar Yousif
Last years winning image by Haagar Yousif

We very much look forward to meeting the students in the coming weeks and can’t wait to review their drawings early next year. We were really impressed with the standards of last year (our first WAP) and hope this years award will both motivate and celebrate creativity.