Parti Time Shortlist

Instagram Competition Shortlist Announced

25th March 2021

In February, we launched our Parti Sketch Competition, where we invited students, architects and designers to post a parti diagram of a project, favourite building, or their own space, on Instagram with a short caption.

We received many amazing entries and were impressed by the variety of submissions – each entry was unique and revealed an insight into the individual designer’s thought process. It reinforced to us the significance of diagrams at all stages of the design process – as tools for analysis, design development and communication.

We were inspired by the range of media submitted (drawings, paintings, models, videos), which forced us to question our own presuppositions about the nature of the parti. As a result, we will be challenging ourselves to think, draw and create in different ways during the design process!

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition – we hope you enjoyed the process of delving into the parti as much as we enjoyed seeing your diagrams!

Shortlisted Entries


Solid-Void by Sara Madbouli

solid void parti diagram
“This is a parti section diagram for an old uni project looking to rethink space and ‘typical floorplates’. The idea was to introduce more open space for collaboration. The building was all about virus research incidentally!”(@saramadbouli)


Le Cor-moo-sier by Fiona Hunt

Resurrecting this gem for an entry into the @bibostudioltd #itspartitimecompetition… The time I drew a parti diagram of the gallery space I was designing, only to discover I was designing a cow. (Discalaimer: eye, tail and udders not part of original gallery design!) It’s also a great summary of the heavy in situ concrete and contrasting lightweight timber spaces if you look beyond the comedy value! P.s. We named him Le Cor-moo-sier 🙄 (@fiona_hunt2)


Growing Dalston by Nylda Hamchaoui

This concept represents a gradual transition in both activity and space as I allocate the various levels of greenery within the site proposal for a mixed-use scheme with an irregular but intentional form. (@thearchitecturalexperiment)


A Typical Day in Our (Lockdown) Life by Shona Sivamohan

The diagram captures a typical day in our (lockdown) life, confined within the four walls of our living room. It maps the routes of my partner and I as we move through the space in our everyday routine, adapting the space as we switch between live and work. (


“Deconstructing Walls” by Francesca Naddafi

A facility for the homeless: These parti diagrams explore the sensitivity of the idea of ‘too much outside’ and ‘not enough inside’, breaking down social barriers through deconstructing the physical barrier of the wall. Through an integrated process, the scheme acknowledges the ‘growing’ process as a tool for social interaction and a means of facilitating the homeless man’s re-entry into society. (@frvncescan)


“Open Air Grotto Theatre” by Michaela Li

I’m currently working on an open air grotto theatre for my final masters project. Inspired by the semi-autobiographical novel The White Goddess by Simon Gough, the theatre is placed on the island of Mallorca where Simon’s great uncle, the poet Robert Graves resided. The forms were taken from geometries found in a painting called Fond Marin II by Joan Miro, who was a good friend of Graves, and make use of Mallorca’s incredible topography and geology. Very much a work in progress! (@michaela_li_arch)


“Fan Building” by Cecilia Ferrari


Two of the many things that southern Europe (Italy in particular) has to offer are porches (for when it rains) and balconies (perfect for the growing of geraniums and hanging your undies to dry 👙). So I’ve been thinking loads about how to create a space which encompasses both, whilst minimizing overshadowing in the already dark and often dreadful winters of northern Europe (sigh). Here is the process leading up to the last image for the @bibostudioltd parti-time competition: a parti diagram of a ‘fan building’, where long balconies are stacked and the plans recessed moving upwards to create sheltered terraces that let daylight into the interiors. Vertical circulation plays a key role in the concept, as it allows the plan to remain open and flexible for the many interactions that the little black dots in the first image have 👩‍❤‍👩 Thank you @bibostudioltd for reminding me that diagrams are fun 💖 (


“Truss-cillation” by Kaspar ter Glane

The brief for this student project is to design a studio in the dune landscape of Terschelling. Because it is a protected landscape, the structure needs to be lightweight and potentially demountable. Additionally the client wants something that is expressive and evocative of the site. I think the key elements of the design therefore are the trusses. And this is the key design idea for them. (@kasparit0)

We will be announcing the winner on our instagram page (@bibostudioltd) on Monday 29th March. Thank you again to all entrants!

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