2021 Napkin Sketch Awards

Winners Announced for the ALA 2021 Building Bridges Napkin Sketch Contest!
View the Award-Winning Sketches Below.

The Napkin Sketch Contest was an opportunity for licensed architects, architecture associates, architecture students, and suppliers to the built environment, to showcase their design expertise. A panel of experts judged the 5-inch by 5-inch sketches based on creativity, originality and technical skill. Participants were tasked with designing a bridge.

View the winning sketches below, along with notes from our esteemed judges.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the participants. 



 Tomoo Fujikawa, ALA, Fujikawa Johnson Gobel Architects

"The jury was taken by both the simplicity and complexity of this submission. The simple, suspension bridge with bamboo slats as a deck above what appears to be a grove of bamboo trees allows the viewer to speculate on just how high above the valley floor the bridge really is. One juror remarks that this sketch has a traditional Japanese print aesthetic to it."
 Thomas Hickey, Thomas Hickey & Associates

"The jury really wanted to recognize both the whimsical and graphic interpretation and execution inherent in this submission to convey the concept of bridge."
 Michael Henning, Pappageorge Haymes Partners

"The jury was really impressed with the elegant line work displayed in this submission."
 Jason Soderlund, RQAW

"The jury recognized the incredible sense of distance from countryside to major city in the distance that is captured in this submission. Certainly a view that millions of commuters by rail and automobile can relate to."

 Somnath Mukherjee, Hight Jackson Associates

"The jury lauded this submission as a true work of art with the creation of great depth and beautiful use of color."
 Somnath Mukherjee, Hight Jackson Associates

"The jury enjoyed the incredible 'sense of movement' through the multi-conical bridge elements and the complementary use of color."

 Jishnu Pramela Mariappan, VIT University

"The jury lauded this submission as being a 'true sketch' that was executed with few lines to capture the essence of a steel truss bridge with masonry tower at its anchorage on the shore. The term 'less is more' certainly applies here."
 Leonardo Argueta, Joliet Junior College

"The jury commended the use of letters that spell out 'bridge' in the design of the piers, which are often an overlooked component of a bridge."
 Yogesh Kumar, VIT University

"The jury enjoyed that this sketch paid homage to one of the great historic bridges in our country - the Brooklyn Bridge."
 Alton Richardson, Joliet Junior College

"The jury recognizes the use of the unique definition of 'bridge'- that being a critical element of string instruments."


Thank You to Our Judges:

Sketches were judged by an outstanding panel of educator-practitioners who have more than 100 years of service as faculty members at Ball State University's College of Architecture & Planning.
Chair: Tony Costello, FAIA, Irving Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Architecture & Principal, Costello+ Associates
Lohren Deeg, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Member of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators 
Harry Eggink, RA, Professor of Architecture