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Rendering by HISM, Commended Entry in the 2020 One Rendering Challenge


Send Us a Rendering. Tell Us a Story. Win $2,500.

The One Rendering Challenge is now part of the Architizer Vision Awards, honoring the best architectural photography, film, visualizations, drawings, models and the talented creators behind them. Winners are published in print!

UPDATE The 3rd Annual One Rendering Challenge will open for entries in the winter of 2022. Register now for key updates.

If you have any questions about the One Rendering Challenge, email us at competitions@architizer.com.

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Renderings spark the imagination like nothing else in architecture. With the help of extraordinarily powerful software, visualizations form a magic bridge, taking us from drawings to completed buildings in a heartbeat. These days, almost any designer can create a rendering with an incredible degree of photorealism.

So, what next?

Nowadays, a rendering has to be more than just eye candy — it needs to tell a story about architecture, helping people envision not just what a building will look like, but how it will feel to gaze up at, live alongside and stand within. What atmosphere and emotion can you conjure with a single rendering?

This is the One Rendering Challenge:

Can you create a single rendering that tells a compelling story about architecture and its inhabitants?


2 Top Winners — one student and one non-student
will each win the following:


Cash prize


12 month V-Ray Collection license, courtesy of Chaos Group ($700 value)

Featured Entry on Architizer Journal

Top billing in the Official One Rendering Winner's Announcement (See last year's announcement)

An Exclusive Interview

A personal spotlight published in Architizer Journal (See one of last year's interviews)

Background Photo: "Hanging by a Thread" by Jeremias Dabbah, Sofia Di Tomaso and Camila Crudo, Student Winner in last year's One Rendering Challenge

10 Commended Entries will each win the following:

12 month license for V-Ray, Corona or Pheonix (your choice) courtesy of Chaos Group (Up to $325 value)
Publication on Architizer Journal
Inclusion in the Official One Rendering Winner's Announcement (See last year's announcement)

2 Top Winners and 10 Commended Entries will all be featured in our special Winners' Announcement on Architizer Journal. 100 finalists will be published in Architizer's major annual feature, 100 Renderings That Tell Powerful Stories About Architecture, to be distributed to Architizer's community including 125,000+ newsletter subscribers and 4+ million social media followers! See last season's Finalists here.

Competition Brief

Your task is as follows: Create one rendering that powerfully communicates an architectural form or space and the experience of those that would inhabit it. It can be located anywhere in the world and be at any scale. It can take the form of a perspective, parallel projection, section, abstract or any other image format. As long as it is a computer generated visualization that portrays part or all of a building or group of buildings, it is eligible.

This should be accompanied by a short description of your proposal, no more than 150 words, which comprises your “story”. Your story should help explain what your rendering depicts, which could include: The type of architecture portrayed, where it might be located, who might inhabit it, what atmosphere it conjures, the essence it captures, and what makes it special.

Competition Deadlines and Entry Fees

Opening Call for Entries

Monday, January 10th, 2022

Early Bird Deadline

Friday, February 4th, 2022

Students $35 | Non-Students $50

Regular Entry Deadline

Friday, March 11th, 2022

Students $45 | Non-Students $65

Late Entry Deadline

Friday, March 25th, 2022

Students $55 | Non-Students $75

Background Photo: "The House of Rising Sun" by Bogdan Begmat, Commended Entry in Last Year's One Rendering Challenge


The One Rendering Challenge Jury comprises practitioners and thought leaders from the worlds of architecture and visualization, each with a special connection to the art of rendering. The jury represents those leaders who are actively bringing architectural ideas to the public today, both online and in the built environment. Selected jurors are as follows:

Matthew Bannister

Founder of multi-disciplinary design and communications agency DBOX, winner of an Emmy® Award!

Ronen Bekerman

Industry leader in architectural visualization: Founder of The Craft studio

Vincent Callebaut

Lead Archibiotect, Vincent Callebaut Architectures, Paris

Keely Colcleugh

Designer, visualizer and visual effects artist: Founder and CEO of Kilograph

Carlotta Cominetti

Cofounder of rendering studio VirginLemon and winner of the 1st Annual One Rendering Challenge

Mengyi Fan

Director of Animation and Visualization at award-winning NY firm SHoP Architects

Alex Hogrefe

Architect and Visualization Specialist; Creator of VisualizingArchitecture.com

Bennett Oh

Designer and Content Creator, Founder of digital platform Archi Hacks

Duy Phan

3D artist at Binyan Studio, 2 Commended Entries in the 1st One Rendering Challenge

Juan Rico

Architect, 3D visualiser; Founder and Active Director at Methanoia

Paul Keskeys

UK Architect, writer and Content Director at Architizer
View Judging Criteria

Get Your Work on the Global Stage

The One Rendering Challenge lives at Architizer.com, the largest online community of architects on the planet, with an audience 5+ million strong. Shortlisted renderings, as well as two Winners, will be featured on Architizer.com and in the “One Rendering” ebook, to be shared with millions on social media and distributed to Architizer’s 200,000 weekly email subscribers.

About Architizer

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Competition FAQs

Check out the FAQ section for common questions about the competition. If you don't find the answer to your question there, please email us at competitions@architizer.com and we'll be glad to help.