The Moleskine Grand Central Terminal Sketchbook Competition

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

This competition is closed. For information about the winners click here.

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.

We 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.

Guidelines for submission can be found below. 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.

Specifications for submission of your work are as follows:

Format for submissions:

The finished sketchbook will measure 5” wide by 8 ¼” high.

Work may take the following dimensions:

4 ½”w by 7 ½”h, horizontal or vertical orientation (one page)

9”w by 7 ½”h, horizontal or vertical orientation (two-page format, with gutter in the middle)

Drawings may be either digital or hand-drawn.  You may include text, relating to your drawing up to 25 words, to be included in the finished product.

Please include your name and/or your firm’s name, as you wish it to appear in the finished product, on or adjacent to your image.

Collaborative submissions are permitted. Please include the names of all authors.

Entrants are permitted to submit more than one drawing, with each drawing submitted individually with its own registration form, and no more than three drawings per entrant.

Work must be submitted in both digital and hard copy format.

Digital submissions: Please email a file of your drawing to actual size, minimum 300 dpi, to Please include your name and/or your firm’s name in the email.

Hard copy: Submit a print of your work, not to exceed 11×17”. (Please include information regarding the size of your original with your submission; please retain your original drawing in your records for possible exhibition purposes.)

Each entrant must print, complete, and submit the registration/acknowledgment form.


Dr. Jamshed Bharucha 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. Bharucha 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.


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

For inquiries, please email: