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AIP 27 entry

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Architecture in Perspective 27

DEADLINE Monday, January 31, 2012

The American Society of Architectural Illustrators' annual international competition and exhibition further the Society's objectives by selecting its members' extraordinary work and presenting it in major venues worldwide over the course of a year. Selected artwork is also reproduced in a companion catalogue that is sold through bookstores and ASAI.

The competition is open only to ASAI individual and corporate members in good standing and newly subscribed members (with entries). This is the second year since we introduced the Student Award of Excellence and student members are encouraged to enter.

For a full description of the competition and entry requirements scroll to the bottom of this page and download an abbreviated version, along with the entry form (below).
If you need additional information or would like a poster and entry form to be sent to you, please contact ASAI headquarters on 760-453-2544 or

Student Award of Excellence

DEADLINE Monday, February 13, 2012

In 2009, the American Society of Architectural Illustrators introduced a student member category to "Architecture in Perspective". Student members are invited to enter a maximum of 5 images which can include formal presentation renderings, informal sketches, study projects, drawings, paintings and computer imagery. The Student Award of Excellence winner will receive a Certificate of Excellence and the winning image will be included in the AIP exhibition which travels the United States and international venues. The winning image will also be published in the AIP catalogue and on the ASAI website. The jury, at their discretion, may also award Student Awards of Merit accompanied by a Certificate of Merit. Student entries will be judged by a separately convened jury which will include senior ASAI members.

For a full description of the competition and entry requirements scroll to the bottom of this page and download an abbreviated version, along with the Student Entry form (below).
If you need additional information or would like a poster and entry form to be sent to you, please contact ASAI headquarters on 760-453-2544 or


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Jury for Professional Awards

David Ashton
David Ashton’s design career spans four decades. He received his BFA from the College of William & Mary, now Virginia Commonwealth University, design program in 1962. Returning to his native Maryland, he began his career at the iconic Baltimore design firm, Barton Gillet. In 1968, he founded Ashton Worthington, remembered as one of the premier Baltimore design studios of the 1970s and ‘80s. He launched David Ashton & Associates (now Ashton Design) in 1985. He has been recognized by every major design competition as well as had articles written about his Design contributions throughout his career. David attributes his timeless design style on a “profoundly influential” Quaker upbringing: “It taught me to appreciate simplicity, clean and classic design.”

Gabriel Kroiz
Gabriel Kroiz, the Undergraduate program director of Morgan State University’s Architecture and Environmental Design program, is an award winning designer and preservationist, with interests in urban sustainability. His firm, Kroiz Architecture has completed projects in the United States and Korea including SSamziegil in Seoul and Green-HAB, a building systems prototype in Baltimore. Kroiz earned his B.F.A. and B.Arch from the Rhode Island School of Design and M.Arch from the University of Maryland.

Peter A. Fillat III
In 1992 Mr. Fillat formed his own studio in order to intimately explore design. In doing so Mr. Fillat created a practice focused on creatively approaching problems in order to find unique and innovative solutions. Under his sole direction the practice focuses on architecture, interior design, urban design, and sustainable practices. Mr. Fillat is committed to creating lasting works of architecture and designing in harmony with the environment. He is dedicated to engaging communities and individuals with works based in permanence that delight the people they serve, are respectful of the environment, and create unity between form, function, and spirit.

Jury for Student Awards

Masaaki Yamada
Masaaki Yamada is a nationally recognized illustrator and based in Tokyo as Chief Illustrator, Director, heading the 40 member presentation section at Nikken Sekkei. Nikken Sekkei has been involved in over 20,000 projects in some 40 countries, in both the public and private sectors, including governmental, educational, cultural, medical and residential facilities. Currently they have over 2,500 employees, developing the would’s largest architectural firm. Masaaki became one of the partners of Nikken Sekkei in 2008.

Born in Tokyo and raised in Nagoya, Masaaki graduated from Nagoya University of Art with degrees in fine art in 1982. Massaki has been a member of ASAI since 1995. Serving as President in 2011, he successfully negotiated for ASAI to jointly participate with the International Union of Architects (UIA) Congress Tokyo 2011. His illustration work has been recognized with many Architecture in Perspective Awards of Excellence and a Juror’s Award in 2009.

Barbara Ratner
Barbara Worth Ratner, M.Arch. Yale, has worked since 1984 as an architectural illustrator. Self-taught and having experimented with airbrush, ink, marker, and colored pencil, Barbara settled on watercolor as her primary medium. She is a member and past president of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI). Her watercolor illustrations have appeared in numerous ASAI juried exhibitions, and in 2011 she received the ASAI Sketch Award.

Barbara was born in Illinois and grew up drawing animals and particularly horses in Lafayette, Indiana. In Atlanta, she worked as a staff illustrator in an architecture firm and in 1990, she began her own illustration business. Her paintings have been a part of some of Atlanta’s most ambitious projects, including a Calatrava design for the Atlanta Symphony, Centennial Olympic Park, Underground Atlanta, and an addition to the High Museum of Art.

Michael Keniger
Michael has extensive experience as an architectural educator and as a senior academic at the University of Queensland, Australia.

He was Queensland Architect of the Year in 1998 and Queensland Government Architect from 1999 to 2006 advising on urban and architectural projects of major significance. He has contributed to the selection of designs for many major public and university buildings and projects and is familiar with all forms of architectural representation.

He is a member of the Board of the South Bank Corporation (Brisbane) and has helped guide this significant urban revitalisation project since 1997. His review of Queensland’s Public Art Policy in 2005/6 led to the current Queensland Art+Place policy for public art.

Competition Details

Professional Entries - Monday, January 31, 2012.
Student Entries - Monday, February 13, 2012.

With this call for entries, ASAI announces Baltimore, Maryland as its conference venue October 17-21, 2012.

The American Society of Architectural Illustrators, ASAI, is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of the art, science and profession of architectural illustration. Through communication, education and advocacy, the Society strives to refine and emphasize the role of illustration in the practice and appreciation of architecture. ASAI’s annual international competition and exhibition further the society’s objectives by selecting its members’ most outstanding work and presenting it in major venues worldwide over the course of the year. Selected artwork is also reproduced on the website at ASAI membership is open to all illustrators, architects, designers, students, and others engaged in the serious pursuit of architectural drawing as a design or presentation tool.

The competition is open only to existing ASAI members in good standing as well as to newly subscribed members (with membership accompanying entries). The Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize may only be awarded to an entrant once every six years. No one participating in the jury process may submit work for the competition.
*Student members may enter the Student Award Competition.

Entries must be submitted on the ASAI web site (preferred) or via CD or DVD. Entries must constitute original work in any 2D medium (including digital images) representing proposed buildings, interiors, or architectural environments. No renderings of wholly existing (at time of drawing execution) buildings, interiors or environments will be accepted.

The original art need not be in the possession of the artist at the time of submission. However, if selected, the original must be made available for the entire traveling exhibition schedule (approximately 1 year).

The original artwork must be no larger than 42”x 72” (107 cm. x 183 cm.).

Entries must consist of high quality RGB-mode JPG files, no larger than 2000 x 1300 pixels. Digital files must be identified by the first four letters of the artist’s last name, followed by the artist's first initial, concluding with a two-digit number designating the image number. (Example: The file name for Andy Palladio’s second image submission would be: PALL-A-02)

Entries should be either:
1. Submitted to the ASAI web site at Entrants must complete the online entry form and submit electronic payment, which will allow them to upload entered images. (This is especially preferred for international submissions.)

2. Mailed or couriered on a CD or DVD, with entry payment and appropriate entry forms for EACH submitted image, to:
1022 Tait Street
Oceanside, CA 92054

Note: If submitting via mail or courier, overseas entrants should mark each package:
“Materials for Contest Only – No Commercial Value” No provision will be made by ASAI for US Customs or airport pickup.

A maximum of 10 entries (IN DIGITAL FORMAT ONLY) from any artist will be allowed.
*Student members are allowed a maximum of 5 entries.

At a later date, selected artists will be required to submit RGB-mode TIF files, close to but no larger than 3000 x 2400 pixels for inclusion in the printed and digital exhibition catalog.

Please photocopy and submit a separate entry form for each image (available at or submit electronically at The information on your form should be written clearly or typed and will be used during the judging process, exhibition and catalogue preparation, mailing, awards ceremonies, and publicity associated with the winning entries. Please be precise.

Take care to identify your entry correctly on the submission; this identification will appear in the catalogue if the image is selected.

ASAI Professional competition entry fee will be US$65 for the 1st image, and US$30 per image thereafter, with a maximum of 10 images. Non-ASAI members may join at the time of submission.
* ASAI Student competition entry fee will be US$15 for the first image and US$5 per image thereafter, with a maximum of 5 images.

Individuals: US$170 United States and Worldwide
Corporate: US$300
*Student: US$35

Overseas entrants may use a credit card or make a payment using an international bank draft, an international postal money order or a check in US funds drafted on a US bank. Entry fees are non-refundable. Each selected artist will be responsible for expenses related to publication and exhibition of their artwork.

The Jury will select the finest work, representing a cross-section of architectural illustrations, encompassing a range of media, building types and rendering styles, including perspectives and orthographic views. Artwork may be either black and white or color, and in any 2D medium — hand-done or digital. Images may be client-commissioned, self-commissioned, competition entries or entirely imaginary (this information to be noted on the entry form). Approximately 60 entries will be selected from the rendering category for exhibition and inclusion in the catalogue, with no more than one selection per artist or firm in the rendering category. Observational images will be judged separately from the rendering images, with no more than one selection per artist or firm membership in observational category.
*Student entries will be judged at the same time as the professional entries by the same jury.


1.RENDERINGS —Depicting SUBJECTS THAT DO NOT WHOLLY EXIST at the time the work is executed - may be entered in two categories:

Formal —Formal presentation renderings, drawings, paintings and computer imagery.
Sketch —Informal sketches, drawings, paintings and computer imagery.

Artists must designate the category for each entry (either "F" or "S"). However, the jury reserves the right to reassign categories.

2. OBSERVATIONAL ILLUSTRATIONS —Depicting SUBJECTS THAT WHOLLY EXIST at the time the work is executed. Entries must be designated "O".

3. *STUDENT MEMBER ENTRIES — Includes formal presentation renderings, informal sketches, study projects, drawings, paintings and computer imagery.

The deadline for Rendering and Observational Illustration entries is January 31, 2012.
The deadline for Student Member entries is February 13, 2012.

All selected renderings and observational illustrations will receive a Certificate of Excellence; Special certificates are awarded to the best Formal illustration, the best Informal illustration and three Juror's Award selections.

The entry unanimously selected by the jury as most as Best in Show will be featured in publicity surrounding the show. It will also appear on the cover of the catalog and will be awarded the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize, a framed, specially cast medallion.

Note: Observational entries are currently eligible for Certificates of Excellence only.

In the
Student Competition, the first place winner will receive an Award of Excellence Certificate. The jury, at their discretion, may also award Certificates of Merit.

Winners will be notified within a month after the jury takes place. Awards will presented at the Awards Ceremony Baltimore, October 2012.

A Members' Award will be chosen by ASAI members online after the jury selections have been made. The winner who will receive a Special Award certificate, will be announced at the Awards Ceremony.

Jurying will take place late in February, 2012. Notification of results will be made to all entrants via the website approximately one month later. Winners will be notified of their selection for an award or inclusion in the exhibition, together with related costs for providing their artwork. Entrants whose work is selected by the jury will be expected to submit digital files in early Spring 2012 (exact date to be determined), to guarantee inclusion in the website and catalogue. Original artwork will need to be available by Early Summer 2012 (exact date to be determined), for presentation at the opening gallery exhibition.

At a later date, selected artists will be required to submit RGB-mode TIF files no larger than 3000 x 2400 pixels for the printed exhibition catalog.

Artists will be responsible for the costs of photographing, framing and shipping their artwork. These expenses will vary depending on the size and location of the artwork. (At this time, the pricing is $1.50 per inch, plus a $35 handling fee. Size of frame will contain a 3 inch matting around image.)

Submission of an entry acknowledges the right of ASAI to use it for exhibition, publication.

Promptness and adherence to deadlines is critical for publishing schedules. All deadlines and other requirements must be met. All entries must be received at ASAI’s office in Oceanside, California by Monday, January 31, 2012 by 5pm Pacific time.

Please send all materials and direct all inquiries regarding the competition or ASAI
membership to:

ASAI Headquarters
1022 Tait Street
Oceanside, CA 92054
PH: 760-453-2544

To download a copy of the Competition details, click here.

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