“It’s Parti Time!”

Parti Sketch Competition

Deadline for Entry: 19th March 2021

WANT TO WIN A BUNDLE OF DRAWING STUFF? Enter our free Instagram competition by 19th March!

It’s Parti Time! Choose a building (one you’re designing, a favourite building, an old project or even the 4 walls you’ve called home AND office for the last 12 months) and sketch a parti diagram – try to distil the design concept into as few lines as possible (more info on this below!)

Post the image on Instagram with a short caption, tag us in your post @bibostudioltd and use the hashtag #itspartitime so we know where to find you.

You don’t have to be an architect or designer to get involved- we welcome submissions from anyone – so there’s no excuse not to enter! 😉

“Inverting the Traditional Street” by Sweta Sanker (@swetecs)


A parti diagram is a quick and simple sketch which presents an overall concept for a design project or a key aspect of the design such as massing, programme, circulation, spatial hierarchy, public/private zoning, transparency/solidity. A parti will be unique to each project as it is derived from the specific context and constraints of the site, brief and programme.

“Radial Scheme with Missing Spoke” Parti Diagram by Matthew Frederick

In the book ‘101 Things I Learned in Architecture School’, Matthew Frederick explains that a parti diagram “is most often expressed by a diagram depicting the general floor plan organisation of a building” and that “the design process is a struggle to create a uniquely appropriate parti for a project”.


Clear, simple diagrams are key to communicating design ideas, particularly at the early stages of the design process. They can be used as references throughout the design process as a design becomes more complex, to ensure that the original idea or organising principle is not lost.

Architecture students learn about the importance of diagrams (and in particular the parti) in understanding and communicating the fundamental aspects of a site and building during design reviews at university. It is often the case that a well-considered design can be more easily communicated through a series of simple diagrams than through verbal or written presentation – if done well, diagrams can speak for themselves!

We look forward to receiving your submission – if you have any questions, please send us a message on instagram @bibostudioltd

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