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Architecture in Perspective Annual Competition & Conference | Architectural Illustration | Architectural Rendering

Architecture in Perspective (AIP), is the annual international competition and exhibition of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI).* AIP furthers 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 also appears in the AIP catalogue and on the website at

AIP 29 is a 2014 competition. The competition is open to current 2014 ASAI members. Any existing, lapsed and new members may pay their annual membership fees when they submit their entries. Jurors and other participants in the adjudication process may not submit work for the competition.

All entries must constitute original work, representing an architectural environment (interior, exterior, planning, or landscape architecture) and may be in any 2D medium, including digital imagery.

The competition consists of three Sections:

1. Rendering Section – the traditional ASAI competition that is now in its 29th year. Illustrations must depict subjects that do not wholly exist at the time of illustration. Individual members may submit a maximum of 10 entries, total, in the Rendering and Observational Sections. You must be a current 2014 member to submit.SUBMIT HERE

Renderings may be entered in either of two categories:
Formal Category -formal presentation renderings, drawings, paintings and digital imagery.
Informal Category -sketches, drawings, paintings and digital imagery.

2. Observational Illustration Section – consisting of field sketches, plein air drawings, depictions of architectural details, entire buildings and topographical illustration – subjects that exist entirely at the time of illustration. You must be a current 2014 member to submit.SUBMIT HERE

3. Student Illustration Section – now in its sixth year. Submissions by registered full-time students must depict subjects that do not wholly exist at the time of illustration and may consist of renderings, fantasy compositions or assigned projects. Student members may submit a maximum of 5 entries. You must be a current 2014 member to submit.SUBMIT HERE

Illustrations must be submitted in digital form only, as highest quality RGB-mode JPG files, no larger than 2000 x 1300 pixels.

(NOTE: a larger image should be retained for publication purposes)

Entry Fees:
For the Rendering and Observational Sections, the entry fee is US$65 for the first submitted image, and US$30 per image thereafter, with a maximum of 10 images.

For the Student Section, the entry fee will be US$10 for the first image and US$5 per image thereafter, with a maximum of 5 images.

Non-ASAI members may join at the time of submission.

Membership Fees
Individuals: US$170 in North America and Worldwide
Corporations: US$300
Students: US$25


The Jury will select the finest work, representing a cross-section of architectural illustrations, encompassing a range of media, architectural subject matter and rendering styles, including perspectives and orthographic views. Artwork may be in any 2D medium – hand-done or digital. Images may be client-commissioned, self-commissioned, competition entries or entirely imaginary (to be indicated on the entry form). Approximately 70 entries will be selected for exhibition and inclusion in the catalogue, with no more than one selection per artist or three artists per firm in each section.

Student entries are judged separately from the Rendering and Observational Sections by a jury that includes senior ASAI members.

View jury details here

In the Rendering section, all entries will receive an Award of Excellence certificate. Special certificates will be presented to the Formal Category Award and Informal (Sketch) Category Award – the single image in each category that that the judges deem best in that category. Special certificates will also be presented to three images, one selected by each judge, as Juror’s Award winners. The Members’ Choice Award, selected online by the votes of ASAI members, will also receive a special certificate, the winner to be revealed at the ASAI annual conference in Dallas, Texas.

In the Observational Section, all entries will receive an Award of Excellence certificate. The illustration deemed to be the best in this section will receive a Best in Show certificate.

In the Student Section, one Student Award of Excellence winner will receive a Certificate of Excellence. The jury, at their discretion, may also award Student Awards of Merit accompanied by a Certificate of Merit.

The entry in the Rendering Section that has been unanimously selected by the jury as most deserving of the honor of Best in Show will be awarded the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize, a framed, specially cast medallion. The image will also appear on the cover of the exhibition catalogue and be featured in publicity surrounding the show.

The recipients will be officially announced and awards presented at ASAI’s annual conference and awards ceremony October 15–19, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

Rendering and Observational Illustrations – must be received at ASAI Headquarters in Hebron, Maine by 5pm EST on Monday, January 13, 2014. Student Entries - must be received by Monday, February 3, 2014.

Please direct all inquiries regarding the competition or ASAI membership to ASAI headquarters:
Tel: 207-966-2062

* 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 membership is open to all illustrators, architects, designers, students, and others engaged in the serious pursuit of architectural drawing as a design and presentation tool.

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