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AJ/Kingspan Benchmark 'Sketch a Facade' competition launches

The AJ and Kingspan Benchmark want you to get your pencils out

On Wednesday 21 March, Professor Alan Dunlop will give a lecture to launch the AJ/Kingspan Benchmark ‘Sketch a Facade’ competition, at Kohn Pedersen Fox’s new gallery on Langley Street, London.

Discussing the central role sketching and drawing plays in the design and development of good architecture, Dunlop will use his own work and the drawings of past masters who have influenced his style. These include Paul Rudolph, Louis Kahn, Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, as well as artists Ed Ruscha and Patricia Cain.

Dunlop will also discuss the role drawings - sketches, graphics and facade studies - played in the development of his award-winning Hazelwood School project.

You’ll hear a great talk. And you’ll see some really great sketches and drawings. We hope you can make it along on Wednesday evening, but places are limited to 100, so please RSVP to

To get your sketching fingers twitching, Dunlop has done this cracking study of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ Broadcasting Place in Leeds, the 23-storey tower clad with Cor-ten using Kingspan Benchmark. Now, please, show us yours. Of any building you like.

We’ll publish the best of them in the AJ. The best sketch will receive £500, and the best sketch by a student will get an annual subscription to both the AJ and the AR.

Email your sketches and drawings to, marked with the title ‘Benchmark sketch’, or post them to: Stephanie Geisler, Emap, Greater London House, Hampstead Road, London NW1 7EJ.

The deadline for entries is Friday 18 May.

Find out more about the sponsors Kingspan Benchmark

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