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Thank you to all the artists who participated in Architecture in Perspective 29. Judging for AIP 29 will be held on Saturday, January 25th, 2014 in Dallas, TX. See more about the jurors chosen for AIP 29 here: https://asaihq.wpengine.com/AIP29CompetitionJury
The student competition is still open and will be accepting submissions until midnight of Monday, February 3, 2014 EST.
Jon Soules Architect B.E.S; B. Arch; OAA; MRAIC; Member of ASAI
I have been a member of the Society since 2006. I am an architect first and an illustrator second in terms of my livelihood and practice in Toronto, Canada. Constructing perspectives has been an interest of mine since public school.
What interests me now is how the world of architectural illustration has changed. Is it thriving or is it an outdated art form? The American Society of Architectural Illustrators speaks for an exclusive group that should continue to help define and advance the best of architectural expression.
I have been working with long-standing members Frank Costantino and Gordon Grice to prepare and present “Architectural Drawing in the Digital Age” to two local conferences. Frank, Gordon and I will be delivering our talk to the 2014 national conference in the spring. Other members have rallied and provided images of their work to enrich our presentation. It has been a collegial experience, and I would like to contribute my energy, passion and interest by being a more involved member of the Society.
Jon Soules is a principal of the firm of Diamond Schmitt Architects in Toronto where he has worked for over 20 years. His work as an architect includes projects in research and education, health care, performance and recreational, residential, civic and state buildings.
Recently Jon worked on design and construction for the LEED® Gold Burlington Performing Arts Centre. He has been working since 2006 on the 20 year, five-phase master plan for the 77-acre Regent Park Revitalization project in the centre of Toronto, Canada.
Jon practices drawing and watercolour and is a six-time winner of American Society of Architectural Illustrators Awards of Excellence.
As an architect, currently licensed in California, I have been practicing in the design field since the 1980’s. The past 8 years my focus shifted from architecture to illustration while employed at a cross creative architecture firm located in Los Angeles, CA. Working closely with many talented designers in the landscape, interiors, graphics, and architecture profession, I have had the wonderful opportunity to utilize my drawing skills. I have been a member of the ASAI since 2007, attended at least four of the conferences since becoming a member, and have been a several time recipient of the Award of Excellence. In addition, I worked closely with the ASAI Board to implement the first time Illustration Expo at the 2013 San Francisco conference.
The ASAI is such a great resource for connecting with others in the other architectural illustration fields, I would welcome the opportunity to support ASAI in it’s goal of reaching out to existing and new members to further the mission of the organization.
At any given time during the day this is the traffic of Architects that have been walking by the ASAI Gallery at the AIA Convention in Denver. That’s a lot of people! And ASAI members are getting exposure to this massive group of people.
Today I walked the Expo floor looking for opportunities for ASAI both corporately and for it’s membership. The vendors I have spoken to have been very interested in what I have to tell them about our organization. I have the opportunity to share member work and make some great connections for our AIP 28 Conference in San Francisco.
AIP 28 Conference in San Francisco.
ASAI is very excited to be representing its members at the AIA Convention in Denver. We have created a gallery displaying 15 previous Architecture in Perspective covers as well as a digital display featuring AIP 27 selected artists. The convention’s expo is June 21-23. ASAI’s Executive Director, Tina Bryant, will be canvassing the expo floor to raise awareness of who ASAI is and how valuable its members are to the architectural industry.
I will continue to update the website with pictures and news from the expo floor. From Denver, have a fantastic day! Tina
On Saturday, June 1, 2013, the ASAI competed as a rookie entry in the 27th annual AIA Sand Castle Competition among more than 60 teams located on Galveston Beach in Texas. For more than two decades, teams of architects, designers and engineers have taken their tools to East Beach in Galveston for one of the world’s largest sand castle competitions, hoping to take the top prize — the highly coveted Golden Bucket. The Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has been hosting this competition since 1986 as a fund-raising event for AIA Houston and ArCH Foundation https://aiahouston.org/v/site-page/Architecture-Center-Houston-ArCH-/ArCH-Foundation/3r/. Based in Dallas, Texas and comprised of a dedicated crew of interior designers, architectural artists and indistry vendor representatives led by ASAI member and 2013 Vice President, John Dollus, the ASAI team began meeting in April to develop concepts, strategy and assign duties. Funded completely through private contributions and sponsorship in part from Teknion http://www.teknion.com/, The ASAI participated with a pop culture That’s Entertainment category entry based on the 30th anniversary of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. On the day of the event the teams, stretched along the beach front, meticulously sculpt their piles of sand and work non-stop for five hours. The judging of the sculptures is rated on originality of concept, artistic execution, technical difficulty, carving technique, and utilization of the site. In addition to the Golden Bucket, awards are given in several categories including Best Traditional, That’s Entertainment, Most Complex, Stars & Stripes, Best Architectural, Most Hilarious, Most Lifelike/Realistic as well as best team t-shirt design, best team signage, best costume, and public favorite. At the end of the day, everyone goes home with memories of a great day at the beach filled with fun, sand, and sun. Timelapse of the build can be viewed below.
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