Introducing the AIP 32 Student Jury

Our first deadline for Architecture in Perspective (AIP) 32 has come and gone with the final deadline for the Professional Competition, which closed at the beginning of the month. However, students can still submit their renderings and sketches through March 10th, 2017. As members of ASAI and participants in the AIP 32 Competition and Conference, students from around the world join leaders in architectural illustration and gain visibility for their artwork.

This year, three esteemed jurors will discuss, debate and ultimately judge student submissions for AIP 32. The very best will win the coveted Student Award of Excellence, which includes a Certificate of Excellence, a $1,000 (USD) Cash Prize, complimentary 2018 membership and complimentary conference registration. The winning image will be included in the AIP exhibition that travels the United States and international venues. Additional Student Awards of Merit may be granted by the jury at their discretion, and all winning images will be published in the AIP catalog and on the ASAI website.

The 2017 Student Competition Jurors are an accomplished group of industry professionals and ASAI members.

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A Professor at the University of Idaho, Matthew Brehm is also an author, a founding board member of the Urban Sketchers non-profit organization, an award-winning artist and an expert in observational drawing. After receiving his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame, Matthew worked for design firms in Washington D.C. before attending the University of Oregon to earn his Master of Architecture. Today, as a professor at the University of Idaho, Matthew’s focus revolves around design communication, design process, architectural graphics and representational sketching. He initiated, and still runs, an eight-week study abroad program for Idaho architecture students to work and study in Rome. As a founding member of Urban Sketchers, Matthew is a frequent speaker at the group’s international events. He has authored and illustrated three books on drawing from observation. He describes one of his passions as “observing and understanding the world through sketching with various media, such as pencil, pen, charcoal and watercolor.”1 When asked of his other pursuits, he states, “I used to play music and do a lot of vegetable gardening, but teaching, and especially the Rome Program, has meant that I no longer have much time for hobbies. Sketching used to be a hobby, but now it’s more tied to my work, and I like it that way.” 2


Gil_GorskiGilbert Gorski

A licensed architect and renowned illustrator, Gil Gorski has twice been awarded the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize, the nation’s top honor in the field of architectural illustration. As an architect, Gil has led the design of major projects, including the world headquarters for the McDonald’s Corporation in Oak Brook, Illinois, and the Oceanarium, a large-scale addition to the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. He was designated the Burnham Fellow by the Chicago Architectural Club and was awarded a three-month associate fellowship to the American Academy in Rome. He was also granted the National Collaborative Achievement Award from the American Institute of Architects, and he held the James A. and Louise F. Nolen Chair in Architecture as a professor at the University of Notre Dame. Gil has authored several books, and his artwork has been met with international acclaim. Today, he resides in western Pennsylvania, where he primarily paints landscapes. “Painting’s relevance has been diminished by other art forms, yet I remain attracted to it for a number of reasons,” Gil says. “First, I like working with my hands. Second, painting for me reaffirms the power of handmade objects—oil paintings in particular must be seen in person, they defy being captured with photography. Finally, I am interested in the poetry of common things; painting allows me to express the extraordinary I see in the ordinary.” 3

Corey_BW_scaledCorey Harper

As the founder of TILTPIXEL, a premiere architectural visualization studio in Houston, Corey draws from fifteen years of industry experience to lead a team of digital artists in the production of high impact imagery and short films. As an artist, Corey’s renderings and animations have been utilized by architects, developers, brokers and Fortune 500 companies all over the world. Corey most recently received the ASAI Award of Excellence in 2015 for his speakeasy penthouse design and rendering. His work has also been published in Architectural Record magazine. Corey graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Design, Emphasis on Visualization, from Texas A&M University before starting his career at PDR Corporation, a Texas-based creative design firm. Five years later, he refined his skillset as a Principal for Neoscape in Boston. At the end of 2009 he relocated to Houston where he founded TILTPIXEL. Today, Corey focuses on expanding TILTPIXEL’s footprint in the industry by pushing the boundaries of artistic vision, and by providing quality deliverables with a rigorous attention to customer service. Corey currently serves as the 2017 President of ASAI. As President, he strives to broaden ASAI’s visibility amongst the architectural community, while preserving the mission of the organization and the intentions of its founders.

We encourage students from around the world to join ASAI and submit their formal presentation renderings, informal sketches, study projects, drawings, paintings and computer imagery to AIP 32 before the deadline of March 10th. On October 19th – 21st, 2017, we look forward to welcoming students to Houston for the ASAI international Conference, where they will learn from industry greats, engage in dynamic conversation, and gain top-notch education on a wide array of topics in architectural illustration.

 

1 http://brehmsketch.blogspot.com/

2 http://lis2011.urbansketchers.org/blog/meet-instructor-matthew-brehm-idaho-usa/

3 https://architecture.nd.edu/news-and-events/news/36816-digital-and-traditional/

Introducing the AIP 32 Professional Jury

As we enter the final few weeks of our AIP 32 Professional Competition, ASAI jurors are looking ahead to early March, when they will congregate in the TILTPIXEL offices of ASAI President, Corey Harper. There, they will cull through hundreds of entries, deliberate for many hours, and finally assign cash prizes and award recognition to the best of the best. Who among us is up to the task? This year, Corey will welcome three esteemed artists to lead the charge of jury deliberation.

Scott DeWoDeWoody_Scott_460x345ody serves as the Director of Visualization for Gensler in Houston, as well as the company’s Firmwide Creative Media Manager. Scott began drawing and sketching at an early age, and he knew by middle school, when his love for video games took shape, that his passion for art would lead to a career in computer animation. He taught himself 3D modeling in high school and attended the Art Institute of Houston for college, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in media arts and animation. Upon graduation in 2007, he joined Gensler as an Illustrator. From there, he has risen to oversee his firm’s rendering technology with the addition to VR, AR, and interactive media. He has worked for numerous clients, including NVIDIA Corporation, ExxonMobil, Shell Oil Company, BP, City Center Las Vegas, and many more. Scott continuously studies color theory and composition, while maintaining an intense focus on image quality and workflow. His leadership at Gensler enables the firm to explore new possibilities of architecture in the interactive space.

Vince vincent-hunterHunter is a Principal of Design at WDG Architects in Dallas. Vince joined WDG over 22 years ago, shortly after earning a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University. More recently, his responsibilities have grown to include the management of WDG’s planning and building design practice in the firm’s Dallas office. Vince has spearheaded numerous multifamily, urban master planning and commercial projects in North Texas, in addition to mixed use, hospitality, retail and senior living. Much of Vince’s success can be attributed to his team leadership, working with the client, Design Architect and consultants to ensure quality design from concept through completion. He focuses on both aesthetic excellence and innovation in technology and building efficiency. Outside of work, Vince is an avid cyclist and a board member of the Texas Irish Foundation, which is a non-profit that raises funds for a variety of charitable organizations.

Jorge TiscaJorgeTiscarenoreño currently serves as a Senior Project Designer at PBK and has worked in the architectural industry for over 20 years. His portfolio reaches beyond Texas and encompasses a diverse array of corporate, educational and athletic facilities. He has received numerous design awards, as well as national recognition, and is a frequent speaker at conferences such as Autodesk University. As a fixture in the architectural visualization community, Jorge served as a judge for the 2010 CGArchitect Architectural 3D Awards. Prior to PBK, Jorge worked as a Senior Designer at SHW Group, as well as a Design Visualization Firmwide Manager for Gensler. Jorge’s colleagues tout his leadership and creativity, and his expertise in digital design, modeling and rendering tools. His role at PBK involves every phase of the design process, from architectural programming to design conception and development. He maintains a client-focused perspective and a keen attention to expectations as he tackles architectural challenges.

ASAI is grateful for the contributions of Scott, Vince and Jorge as they make plans to meet as a Jury in Houston.

Don’t forget to submit your digital or traditional renderings and sketches today! The deadline for the AIP 32 Professional Competition is February 3rd, 2017, and the deadline for the Student Competition is March 10th, 2017. Click here to enter!

Looking Ahead to AIP 32

As 2016 draws to a close, ASAI Vice President, Corey Harper, is in the throes of planning for Architecture in Perspective 32. Corey will succeed Carlos Cristerna as President of ASAI in 2017, and he looks forward to welcoming ASAI members in Houston from October 19 – 21 for an exciting, jam-packed annual conference.

As Carlos and prior Presidents can attest, there is a lot that goes into planning a strong conference for our membership. Corey is hard at work contacting potential sponsors, lining up speakers, reaching out to universities and partnering with local architecture organizations to shape three days teeming with education, professional development and networking.

Our ASAI home base in Houston will be at the Hotel Zaza, located in the heart of the city’s Museum District and directly adjacent to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. It will be a short walk to Rice University, home to one of the country’s leading architecture schools.

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For those who have never ventured to Houston (or Texas for that matter), here are some facts to help acquaint you…

  • Houston is America’s fourth largest city, trailing New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
  • According to several studies, it is also America’s youngest city, as well as its most ethnically and culturally diverse.
  • Diversity is a contributing factor to Houston’s bustling restaurant scene, with accessible options from every ethnicity saturating the city.
  • The Trust for Public Land ranked Houston first among the nation’s 10 most populous cities in total acreage of parkland and third in park acreage per capita.
  • Houston’s Museum District is home to 20 world-class museums and institutions, all within walking distance from one another. Similarly, it’s Theater District houses resident professional companies in all four areas of performing arts: ballet, opera, symphony and theater.
  • The Texas Medical Center, located a short distance from the Houston Museum District, is the largest medical complex in the world. The first heart transplant was performed in Houston, and Life Flight was also founded in Houston.
  • Dubbed the Energy Capital of the World, Houston is home to 5000 energy-related firms. It also houses NASA’s Johnson Space Center, spurring its nickname, “Space City.”
  • Houston’s vibrant architectural community prizes buildings designed by architects such as M. Pei, César Pelli and Philip Johnson.

With the new year approaching, we are excited to share more details of AIP 32 as plans cement, sponsors sign on and the agenda takes shape. In addition to a first-class sketch tour, we will have a lineup of speakers keen on sharing their perspectives of the importance of architectural illustration, the future of our industry and the ways in which art and architecture are inextricably linked. Join us in Houston on October 19th for an AIP that can’t be missed.

ArchiGraphicArts Call for Entries: Dec. 20, 2016

ASAI members are invited to participate in the 2016-2017 ArchiGraphicsArts International Contest of Architectural Hand Drawings. This competition is organized by the Russian architectural site, Archplatforma.ru, as well as the Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin. Participation is free, and architectural hand drawings (without the use of computer technology) are accepted.

The competition is divided into four categories:

Participants can submit one entry per category. Each entry can be presented as one image, or as a series of five images united by the same theme and graphic technique.

The jury will award 100,000 rubles (approximately $1500 USD) in prize money. The jury may choose to award this entire amount as a Grand Prize to the artist whose work is deemed the best in any particular category, or it may choose to distribute the prize money amongst several artists across various categories.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday, December 20th, 2016. To submit, artists must create an account and register on the competition website: http://competitions.archplatforma.ru

Registration is simple. To create an account, open the menu (click on the red square on the main page under the Archplaltforma.ru logo). Click “Log In,” and enter a login name and your contact email. The specified email address will receive two emails: one for account activation, and one with your data for registration.

After completing the registration process, all options will be made available. Participants must complete the required information and then upload their images in the appropriate categories. (Up to five images, united by a single idea or subject, may be submitted per category). Images must be Jpegs, at least 2000 pixels in width. An explanatory note (up to 1000 characters) must accompany each submission. Contest participants MUST specify the original name of the work, techniques of execution, the original size of the work, and a short description of the concept, location of objects, etc. This information may be displayed in an online gallery alongside the artist’s name.

For questions and technical support, please contact archigraphic@archplatforma.ru.

ArchiGraphicArts, like Architecture in Perspective, is a premiere International competition intended to showcase the best in architectural illustration. Additional contest information can be viewed at http://competitions.archplatforma.ru, and ASAI members are encouraged to participate.

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