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AJ/Turkishceramics competition winner announced

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Eddie Blake of Sam Jacob Studio will join a team of internationally renowned architects travelling to Turkey to study the work of 16th-century architect Mimar Sinan

Blake, senior designer at Sam Jacob Studio, will join architects from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, DSDHA, Bureau de Change and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios on the trip to Istanbul and Edirne next month.

Entrants were asked to submit a hand-drawn study of ceramics in a building they admired, and write a description of the role ceramics play in enhancing the building’s architectural qualities.

Blake’s detailed study of Victorian architect Leslie Green’s ceramic designs for London underground, entitled Blood Shot, was chosen ahead of submissions from around the world, including entries from China and Macedonia.

Using pen and ink, Blake created an abstracted axonometric drawing that ‘aims to return the grandeur and strangeness to Green’s oxblood ceramics with [an] MC Escher-like tribute’.

AJ editor and competition judge Rory Olcayto said: ‘Blake’s work shows a keen understanding of architectural space and a love of detail and craft, which suggests a holistic understanding of the subject under scrutiny.’

Chairman of Turkishceramics, Bahadır Kayan said: ‘We are proud to work with such prestigious architects in this project about Mimar Sinan, highlighting the greatest master builder of Turkish history to architects and designers in the UK.

‘The winning drawing by Eddie Blake is a beautiful rendering of a ceramic detail that demonstrates creative talent and an intelligent approach. We look forward to welcoming all the participating architects to Istanbul in November.’

The aim of the trip is to gather material for the AJ/Turkishceramics book, Sinan: The First Starchitect. The book, with an exhibition to follow in May 2016, explores the life, work and wider world of Mimar Sinan with contributions from leading and emerging contemporary architects and expert writers.

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