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RIBA Cityscape Intelligence Sketchbook – Culturally Significant Vernacular Architecture in the Gulf

Architectural sketches are all about communicating ideas, whether it is solving initial design problems, working through details or reflecting on past designs. The RIBA with Cityscape Intelligence is hosting the Sketchbook Series – the Culturally Significant Vernacular Architecture in the Gulf competition. It aims to promote architects' hand sketches through any medium to reflect on culturally significant vernacular architecture in the GCC countries.

The RIBA with Cityscape Intelligence is hosting Sketchbook – Culturally Significant Vernacular Architecture in the Gulf. It is an open call competition to RIBA members in the Gulf (UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, Sultanate of Oman), non-member local Gulf architects and architecture students across the Gulf to submit a sketch in line with the theme of vernacular architecture in your country. The winner will receive a VIP ticket to one Cityscape Conference of their choosing and access to one Cityscape architecture workshop (valid until 2021) and will display their sketching skills in a live RIBA Cityscape Intelligence webinar session that will now be livestreamed for members across the Gulf to view on 2 July 2020. The silver and bronze delegates will be featured in the RIBA International newsletter and promoted on the RIBA website. Through this competition, the RIBA and Cityscape Intelligence aim to celebrate the similarities and differences in traditional architecture across the Gulf.

Theme

The theme for the competition is vernacular Architecture in the Gulf. Vernacular architecture is characterised by its reliance on needs, construction materials and traditions specific to its particular locality. It is a type of architecture which is indigenous to a specific time and place and not replicated elsewhere. Every region and country has culturally significant local (vernacular) architecture.

To encourage free thinking, individuals can decide what medium and method of sketching they would like to use whether it be using pencil, ink or digital. They are free to decide what they would like to submit whether it be a conceptual sketch, sketching from a reference image or a technical sketch of a vernacular structure, settlement pattern from their home country, iconic architectural symbols, etc.

Timetable

  • Monday 8 June: Deadline for submission (10pm United Arab Emirates, Sultanate of Oman time and 9pm Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia time)
  • End of June: Winners announced
  • Thursday 2 July: RIBA live stream sketching session with the winner
  • Thursday 2 July: Shortlisted entries displayed on digital gallery on architecture.com and cityscape-intelligence.com

How to apply

If you would like to submit an entry, please fill out the online application form and send your entry to riba.gulf@riba.org

  • The image submitted must be less than 10MB
  • The submission is limited to one entry only
  • Please insert your sketch in the template provided in the application form
  • Digital artwork is accepted
  • Save the file as ‘RIBA Cityscape_Sketchbook_your full name’ and send your entry to riba.gulf@riba.org with the subject 'SUBMISSION – RIBA Cityscape Sketchbook'

Any queries must be emailed to mithuna.murugesh@riba.org or aldrine.sanchez@riba.org with the subject ‘Query - RIBA Cityscape Sketchbook’ before 4 June 2020.

Once you have applied, you will receive an automated email to confirm we have received your application. Post that, you will be contacted only if your entry has been shortlisted or won.

Eligibility and conditions

The ‘RIBA Cityscape Intelligence Sketchbook – Culturally Significant Vernacular Architecture in the Gulf’ is open to the following:

  1. RIBA members in the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Sultanate of Oman and Jordan.
  2. Non-member local architects in the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Sultanate of Oman and Jordan.
  3. Architecture students in the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Sultanate of Oman and Jordan.

Please adhere to the following conditions:

  • Please remember to do both, submit the online application form and email your entry to riba.gulf@riba.org.
  • All entries and content should be from the Gulf only - UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Sultanate of Oman and Jordan.
  • Shortlisted candidates could be required to send complementary information and files (images in higher resolution along with extra documentation) to be displayed in the online gallery.
  • Submissions must be made by an individual; group submissions will not be accepted.

Copyright

Data will be held by the RIBA in perpetuity for the purpose of maintaining a record of the entries. This information will not be shared with any third party without the express and prior consent of the author. The ownership of copyright in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 – copyright rests with the author of the submitted design.

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