RIBA / WYSA Denis Mason Jones Award for Free Hand Sketching - 2012 Winner


Denis Mason Jones was a distinguished Leeds architect. Throughout his adult life Denis kept meticulous notebooks, filled with sketches of buildings, family activities, holidays, cartoons and stories for his four children, all in his very distinctive style.

Stephen Dixon, Director of Calls Architecture, has been announced as the winner of the 2012 Denis Mason Jones Award, set up by the West Yorkshire Society of Architects and RIBA Yorkshire to commemorate Denis’s contribution to the art of freehand sketching of architecture.

Illustrating new and old Leeds, Stephen’s sketch depicts the glazed roof of the Trinity retail development behind Holy Trinity Church on Boar Lane. The Grade 1 listed church dates back to 1722, whilst the new retail centre is in the final stages of construction.

Drawn free-hand, on location at Trevelyan Square, Leeds, on 9th October 2012.  Pencil and pen on paper.








2013 Entry

This sketch depicts the eclectic architectural styles to the north of Leeds City Centre, and the new Leeds Arena by Populous Architects. This Arena forms a distinctive skyline alongside the brutalist Yorkshire Bank Headquarters and the Georgian terraces of Queen Square . In the foreground is 18 Queen Square, listed Grade II, and the old stone wall along Clay Pit Lane.


Drawn free-hand, on location at Queen Square, Leeds, on 13th September 2013.


Pencil and pen on paper.








19.11.2015

Denis Mason Jones Award Judging


Stephen Dixon was kindly invited by the West Yorkshire Society of Architects to be one of three judges for this years Denis Mason Jones Award for free-hand sketching, alongside WYSA President Paula Jackman and Architect Sandy Morrison.

We had a fantastic afternoon of judging, very difficult to choose from 51 great entries, which were whittled down to 1 winner, 1 runner up and 6 commendation prizes  - Congratulations to all the entrants and winners.