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Chris Dyson, Paul Middleton, George Saumarez Smith and Mark Allen join AJ/Saint Gobain sketch jury

The jury for this year’s drawing competition has been announced, with a selection of architects and last year’s winner joining AJ Deputy Editor Rory Olcayto to pick the best of the crop

This year’s jury for the AJ/Saint-Gobain Sketch competition will consist of

Mark Allen, Technical Development Manager and qualified architect, Saint-Gobain UK

Rory Olcayto – AJ Deputy Editor

Paul Middleton – Architect, Winner of the first AJ Sketch Prize

Chris Dyson – Chris Dyson Architects, known for his bespoke London Homes .

George Saumarez Smith – Adam Architecture, and a renowned draughtsman

The brief

This year’s theme is ‘Habitation’. Some of our basic needs are for shelter, for comfort and for company, all of which we seek in our houses and in our homes. This year’s competition asks you to explore different ways in which we make our houses, neighbourhoods and cities our own.

We ask you to produce a sketch which celebrates how we dwell within our buildings, towns and cities. The drawing could be an interior of a private house, children playing in a town square, or the remains of an enjoyable dinner party. They may be formal measured drawings, a collage, or a quick sketch. Entries can be executed using pencil, pastels, gouache or mixed media - but should not be produced either wholly or in part on a computer.

The prizes

We will publish the best entries in the AJ. The best sketch will receive an iPad Mini and a trip to Paris to visit the Saint-Gobain research and development HQ and its DomoLab innovation experience centre. The best sketch by a student will get an annual subscription to both the AJ and The Architectural Review and a set of drawing pencils.

How To Enter

Email your sketches and drawings, marked with the subject line ‘Saint-Gobain sketch’, or post them to: Rakesh Ramchurn, Emap, Greater London House, Telephone House, 69-77 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4NQ.

The deadline for entries is 13 DECEMBER. Follow on Twitter: #sketchhabitation

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