Call for Entries: The Moleskine Grand Central Terminal Sketchbook

Call for Entries
What draws you to Grand Central?
The Moleskine Grand Central Terminal Sketchbook
Celebrating the Centennial of Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal, one of New York City’s most beloved monuments, will celebrate its centennial in 2013. A year-long series of events and projects — from art commissions and exhibitions to presentations and performances — is in the works.

The Architectural League, at the invitation of and in partnership with the New York Transit Museum, will help create a sketchbook to be published by Moleskine. This sketchbook will feature historic material from the Transit Museum’s archives, along with up to 20 drawings and sketches by contemporary architects and designers selected by a distinguished jury.

The League and the Transit Museum invite you to submit a sketch or drawing that captures and/or re-imagines Grand Central, representing or evoking what this iconic building means to you. Submissions will be reviewed by a jury of architects, representatives of the Architectural League and the New York Transit Museum, and representatives of the Grand Central Centennial Committee. Winning entrants will be awarded $250 for the use of their drawing.

The special edition Moleskine sketchbook, featuring the winning entries and historical material, will be on sale at the Transit Museum Stores and at other book and gift stores in November 2012.

Deadline: Submissions must be received at the offices of the Architectural League of New York no later than 12 noon on Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

Notification: Winning entrants will be notified by Wednesday, July 11, 2012.

Complete submission guidelines can be found on


Dr. Jamshed Barucha is President of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He was formerly Provost and Senior Vice President, and the John Wentworth Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, at Tufts University. Dr. Barucha is a member of the Grand Central Centennial Committee.

Laurie Beckelman is a principal at Beckelman + Capalino and a member of the Grand Central Centennial Committee. She is the former Chair of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

John di Domenico is a partner at di Domenico + Partners and a member of the Board of Trustees, Friends of the New York Transit Museum. His firm has won numerous design awards, most recently the NY State AIA 2011 Citation for Design Award and New York Construction Best of 2010 Award of Merit in Transportation.

John Hartmann is co-founder of Freecell, a Brooklyn based design and fabrication studio. He was the recipient of a MacDowell Colony residency in 2010, the Rome Prize in 2006, and named an Emerging Voice by the Architectural League in 2005.  Currently, he is jurying the 10th annual Young Guns competition for the Art Directors Club.

Blake Middleton is a partner at Handel Architects. His work has won distinction with numerous national and state AIA Awards, and he was the recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture at the American Academy of Rome.

Anne Rieselbach is Program Director of the Architectural League.

Gabrielle Shubert is Director of the New York Transit Museum.

Michael Webb was an original member of the Archigram group in London. Since immigrating to the USA in 1965, he has been on the faculty at The Cooper Union, Columbia University, and other schools. In 2011 he was the Mellon Foundation Senior Fellow at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.

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Images courtesy of the New York Transit Museum.

The views expressed here are those of the authors only and do not reflect the position of The Architectural League of New York.