Frank M Costantino
- Types of Work Performed
watercolor, pen and ink, pencil, mixed media
Over a lengthy, successful career, Frank has produced a diverse range of works in various mediums. Over 30 illustrations, across a spectrum of mediums and styles, have been jury-chosen for the Architecture In Perspective Exhibitions. Extensive experience in distinctive image-making with Watercolor, Graphite, Wax Base and Color Pencils, Pen & Ink Drawings.
Frank Costantino, an architectural illustrator for over forty-five years, has served renowned architectural, design, and development firms throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. He is a recipient of the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize – the world’s most prestigious award for architectural illustration – as well as other awards from the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI). A recipient of the Arthur Ross Award from the Institute of Classical Art and Architecture in New York, he shares the distinction with one colleague as the only illustrators in the world to receive both the Ferriss and the Ross awards. He was also recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from ASAI for his many contributions to that organization.
His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably at The Art Institute of Chicago, New York’s Urban Center, the Octagon Museum in Washington, D.C., as well as in Tokyo, Seoul, Berlin, and Lisbon. Award winning artworks from his career have been published in more than fifty books or catalogues. Since 1987, his drawings or paintings have been accepted into annual juried exhibitions. Representative drawings for Chicago projects are included in the permanent collection of The Art Institute of Chicago. A sizable and substantive collection of original works will also be donated to the Library Of Congress in Washington, DC.
His commissions for a stellar clientele, including AIA Gold Medal award winners Cesar Pelli, Moshe Safdie, Benjamin Thompson, and SOM, as well as I.M. Pei & Partners, Robert Stern, SOM, Gensler, EHDD, C7A, and many others span a wide range of projects around the world, including skyscrapers, office buildings, museums, concert halls and aquariums, among others. He has also designed five post cards for the US Postal Service’s Historic Preservation series, and been commissioned by private and civic institutions for his artworks.
As one of the Founders of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI), he has helped establish an international network of delineators throughout the US, Canada, England, Europe, Japan, Australia, Korea, and other countries. On behalf of the Society and with his co-founders, Mr. Costantino received Institute Honors from the American Institute of Architects in 1995. He also received Honorary AIA Fellowship (FAIA) from the Boston Society of Architects. Frank is an Honorary Life Member of the Japan Architectural Renderers Association (JARA), Tokyo, a Fellow in the Society of Architectural Illustrators (FSAI), Britain, and an Honorary Member of New York’s Society of Illustrators (SI).
He has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Boston Architectural College, and the Rhode Island School of Design, as well as guest-lectured at numerous institutions and conferences across the U.S. and overseas. As a member of the Advisory Council to the School of Architecture at Lawrence Technological University in Michigan, he assisted in the development of the country’s first degree-granting program in architectural illustration.
Mr. Costantino is also a Founding Director of the American Society of Illustrators Partnership (ASIP), a consortium of national illustration groups that advocate for the collective rights, royalties and business issues for thousands of artists from varied disciplines and professional practices.
He also conducts seminars in illustration to architects and artists at locations around the country, offering courses in architectural watercolor for all levels of experience, with workshops and field sketching programs. He is a Signature Member of both the New England and North East Watercolor Societies (NEWS), and a member of the Salmagundi Club of New York, as well as other regional and local associations. His fine art watercolors have been accepted into national shows, while many of his works are in private collections.
Mr. Costantino is a contributor to professional publications about the business practices of his profession, including essays on the subjects of perspective and watercolor. He continues to assist, in various capacities, in the many affairs of ASAI, including its highly acclaimed annual exhibitions, Architecture In Perspective. Mr. Costantino is regarded as one of the world’s most respected practitioners in, and vigorous proponents for, the field of architectural illustration.
- Award list
AIP 23 Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize – Quartet On Stage, Adelphi University, NY
ASAI Lifetime Achievement Award, AIP 22, 2007
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