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Aug 312012

Best in Show 2011 Kevin Scott

The Ken Roberts the most senior architectural drawing competition currently in operation anywhere in the world. Although this statement would hint on old and tired, just a look at last years winners and the list of this years jurors shows that this competition is going strong and worth entering. This competition with its strong student participation may make it one the the biggest influencers over today’s architectural visualization world. And if that were not enough, the prizes are really terrific!

The competyition is open to all architecture students, professionals and architectural illustrators throughout the world. Prizes at both the student and professional level are awarded to works done by hand as well as by digital methods.

Entry Deadline: Friday, October 26, 2012 5pm CST
Winners will be announced Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 7pm CST


  • Jeff Mottle, Founder, CGarchitect Digital Media Corporation
  • Carlo Aiello, Editor-in-Chief & Creative Director, eVolo Magazine
  • Michael Malone, AIA, Founder, Michael Malone Architects


  • The Award for Excellence in Hand Delineation

One Wacom Inklin and one licensed copy each of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6Corel Painter 12, and CorelCAD is awarded to the best student and professional entries that embodies and celebrates the art of architecture as a tool for communication through hand delineations, sketches and renderings. Professional submissions should be the result of commissioned projects, while student entries need not be based in reality, but must be hand drawn for consideration in this category.

  • The Award for Excellence in Digital/Hybrid Media

One Doghouse Laptop Computer and one licensed copy each of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6Corel Painter 12Corel PaintShop Pro X4 Ultimate, and Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X5 is awarded to the best student and professional entries that demonstrate excellence through an innovative use of media. Submissions may be digital, or hybrid mixed media with preference given to those that push the envelope of architectural representation.

  • The Richard B. Ferrier Prize for Best Physical Delineation

In response to the large majority of entries being submitted electronically, this prize has been created to highlight and honor the unique properties inherent to physical drawings. KRob has traditionally been an event that honored physical submissions, and this prize is intended to maintain this practice. To be considered for this prize, the entry must be submitted physically to the AIA Dallas office. Please carefully follow the instructions for physical submissions above. For entrants registered with a U.S. mailing address only. The winner of this category will be awarded one licensed copy of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 and one licensed copy of Corel Painter 12.

  • The Kevin Sloan Prize for Best Travel Sketch

This award acknowledged individuals interested in the time honored activity of drawing architecture and places to learn and understand. In lieu of drawings made to “interpret” drawings submitted for this category are made to observe, analyze and record in a sketchbook. A Wacom Inkling will be awarded to the best travel sketch entry.

  • Jurors Citation

$100 cash is awarded by each of the jurors. These citations allow the jurors to independently select any student or professional piece that they personally wish to see recognized.

Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards

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Aug 232012

Acaid Images

The overall winner will be crowned WORLD ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2012 and the winners and their images will be featured in the Architectural Review.

The Awards are being held in conjunction with THE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW and the WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL,
3-5th October in Singapore, where there will be an exhibition of all of the images and where the winners will be announced.

The judging panel includes: Will Alsop (All Design), Eva Jiricna (Eva Jiricna Architects), Kim Neilsen (3XN), Catherine Slessor
(The Architectural Review), Kate Goodwin (Royal Academy), Wong Chiu Man (WOW Architects) and James Russell (Bloomberg)

The award categories are:

  • Exterior – Images should be of the exterior of a building communicating the nature of that building.
  • Interior – Images should be of a building interior effectively communicating the space.
  • Sense of Place – Images should show buildings or spaces in their wider context and environment.
  • Buildings in Use – Images should show buildings in use by people.

Entries close 7th September.

Competition page:

Contact Arcaid Images directly on +44 (0)20 8546 4352 or email  [email protected]

Your Presentation Lives Forever!

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May 052012

Below is a reprint of an article I wrote for A/E Marketing Journal a great newsletter just published from How did I get to write this article is an interesting story in itself and a great example of of why all professionals should attend seminars and go to social events sponsored by professional organizations. While attending a lecture by Frank A. Stasiowski, ceo of PSMJ Resources at the San Francisco AIA, I took the first remark made by Mr. Stasiowski to heart. His advice was to ‘joint venture’ with someone you meet in the room today. I decided that I would joint venture with Mr. Stasiowski somehow. The article is a result of that meeting.

Attending a $45 breakfast lecture takes time from the drawing board and I do not get reimbursed from a company as like many members of Presenting Architecture I am a sole practitioner, but look at the result, a published article and new working relationship with a top architectural consultant!

PSMJ Resources, Inc. is the world’s leading authority, publisher, and consultant on the effective management of architecture, engineering, and construction firms. With offices in the United States as well as the United Kingdom and Australia, PSMJ offers over 150 titles in book, audio, and video format. In addition, the company publishes several monthly periodicals and delivers dozens of seminars, roundtables, conferences, webinars, and in-house training sessions every year for A/E/C professionals around the world. PSMJ’s sought-after consulting expertise covers a range of critical business areas such as strategic planning, project management, valuation, succession planning, and mergers & acquisitions.

Your Presentation Lives Forever by Robert Becker

Your presentation has many lives. The longevity of your presentation material should always be considered when deciding what sort of time and money you want to throw at it, and the fact is that it will live on far longer than you think. Don’t just throw something together to get you through a meeting. Everything you present of your firm’s work should be of the quality that can be used by your marketing department forever. Whether your staff is doing the presentation work or you are hiring outside professionals (i.e. communicators, physical model makers, photographers, or visualization experts, etc.), going the cheap route will affect not only the immediate presentation but also every future view of it.

Saving your firm or your client a small amount of money will result in presentation visuals that will not stand up to their long life. Your materials are better off from hiring a professional specialist, chosen by quality of work and reliability, not price.

Is the work your office produces in-house up to the quality of work you expect from a consultant? Consider the following:

• Are you presenting SketchUp models that look like everyone else’s? Give your staff the proper time to do post production on the computer visualizations. This is the only way to have your images look great and develop a visually unique office identity.

• Are your project photos just snapshots taken by whoever had an iPhone handy? Ask yourself, is your project so perfect that nothing needs adjusting or staging for a photograph? The images you use will be the only way countless people see your project, and they should be treated carefully by a professional who understands composition, exposure, staging, lighting, and time of day.

• Chipboard and foam core models might be useful in-house, but you don’t want your client to see them if they’re poorly constructed. Professional physical modelers use laser-cut and 3D-routed materials of all kinds as well as 3D printers, with stellar results.

After you make the presentation, your work will likely be displayed at your client’s office, on walls, on flip boards, as well as PDFs that get circulated to other potential clients. The presentation will also live on in your own office, framed on a wall and seen by most everyone that visits, and reused in future marketing materials. Your presentation lives forever, so make it count!

How are you distinguishing your presentation from the competition’s? And does your office have a unique visual identity that conveys your brand and the type of work you offer? These questions, in addition to quality, must be considered when working to develop the best, most effective presentation visuals.

CGarchitect Architectural 3D Awards 2012

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Apr 282012
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Welcome to the Premier Arch Viz Awards is hosting the 9th annual Architectural 3D Awards. The winners will be awarded at the exclusive awards trophy at Mundos Digitales Conference 2012 in La Coruna, Spain and be given over $50,000 in prizes by our generouscompetition sponsors. The competition is open to everyone in the Architectural Visualization industry to highlight the best imagery, animations and real-time projects done in 2011/2012.

This year’s awards will be divided into five categories: Image (Commissioned)Image (Non-Commissioned), andFilm/Animation (Commissioned)Film/Animation (Non-Commissioned) and Real-Time. From the submitted entries a panel of expert judges will select the top five nominees in each category. The winner of each category will be awarded the exclusive 3D AWARDS trophy during the Mundos Digitales Conference.


  • Deadline for entries: May 19, 2012 (12pm GMT-6)
  • Judging: May 22 to 28, 2012
  • Nominees Announced: June 1, 2012
  • Winners Announced: July 7, 2012

Awards Categories for 2012

  • Architectural Film/Animation (Commissioned)
    Best Overall Architectural Film/Animation
  • Architectural Film/Animation (Non-Commissioned)
    Best Overall Architectural Film/Animation
  • Architectural Image (Commissioned)
    Best Overall Architectural
  • Architectural Image (Non-Commissioned)
    Best Architectural Image
  • Real-Time Presentation
    Best Overall Real-Time Presentation

Category Sponsors

Prize Sponsors

Jan 252012
Hallidie photo Keith Baker

Hallidie photo Keith Baker

Presenting Architecture announces it’s first exhibition and seminar series!  Hosted by the American Institute of Architects San Francisco Chapter and The Center for Architecture + Design and curated by Robert Becker this event will run from February 16 – April 26, 2012 m-f 9-5. The artists reception will be February 23rd, 2012, 5:30-7:30pm.

Presenting Architecture curated by Robert Becker will highlight ‘case studies’ of  architectural model makers, photographers and visualization experts along with a communications case study by Amanda Walter co-author of the upcoming book Social Media in Action.  These studies will explore how these artists produce their craft and showcase the importance of using specialists to make your architectural presentation a winning one.

Participating Artists:

Russell Abraham, David Anderson, Keith Baker, Robert Becker, Dean Birinyi, Barney Davidge, David Eichler, Robert Frank, Gemmiti Model Art, Chris Grubbs, Emily Hagopian, IDF Global, Lawrence Ko Leong, Markus Lui, Michael Reardon, John Shulters, SmithgroupJJR, Robert Staehle, Studios Architecture, Amanda Walter, Art Zendarski

Highlighted Project:

Peter Pfau’s SPUR project with work from:  Pfau Long Architecture, Art Zendarski,  and model graciously loaned by SPUR.


Please click here to see the seminar offerings.


AIA San Francisco and Center for Architecture + Design Gallery
Hallidie Building
130 Sutter Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA
Gallery Hours: 9-5 m-f
On view February 16—April 26, 2012
February 23, 2012-artist reception, 5:30-7:30pm

Social Media Links:

FaceBook Event
LinkedIn Event

This exhibit is sponsored by Arch , GCI General Contractors and William Stout Architectural Books.

Proudly hosted by the San Francisco Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Center for Architecture + Design.