AIA National Photography Competition for Architects

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Jan 052012

For all the AIA members on Presenting Architecture:

AIA St. Louis hosts AIA National Photography Competition for Architects each year. The competition was founded to capture and highlight the multi-talents of the architect.

Winning images from the competition are published in a succeeding year’s Rizzoli Engagement Calendar, an internationally recognized and sold publication.

Entries are juried by a panel comprised of acclaimed architects, professional photographers or graphic designers.

To download Rules of 2012 Regulations and Conditions of Entry, click here. To download a 2012 Entry Form click here.

Entry fee for AIA members (AIA & Assoc. AIA) is $30.00; AIAS member entry fee is $15.00. Entry fee for nonmember registered architects is $60.00. Click here for more information.

Deadline : 03/01/2012

Cash Awards
First Place: $500
Second Place: $400
Third Place: $300
Al Fuller Award: $200
The subject of the Al Fuller Award must be located in the United States.

Exposure – A Competition Celebrating the Power of the Image

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Dec 142011


This came into my inbox and I thought I would share it with Presenting Architecture.  It does involve registering at another portfolio site but coming from someone who runs a directory site, another link to your work is a good thing. The judges seem to be a well rounded and respected group of people to get your work in front of as well.  Basically, you join the site, pay $10 per image to enter and at the least you get another online portfolio.  The actual prizes are quite substancial.  Your Final Deadline is Tuesday, December 20th at Midnight.

Official website:

Jurors: Stephen Walker, Susanne Miklas, Michael Shulman, Natasha Egan, Karen Irvine and Conor Risch.

The Grand Prize:

This winner of the Grand Prize Award is selected by our panel of esteemed judges. The People’s Choice Voting has no influence on the Grand Prize selection.

$10,000 cash grant

  • A career launching Exhibition and Reception at The Aperture Foundation Gallery
  • A Feature on the Artists Wanted Website seen by tens of thousands of users
  • Worldwide Exposure for your photos and the stories they tell.

The People’s Choice Award:

The public will cast their vote and the highest rated portfolio will receive $2,500 in cash, a two week adventure in New York City and Paris (including airfare & lodging) and international exposure via a feature with Artists Wanted seen by tens of thousands of viewers.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award will open in November.

The Category Awards

The jury panel will select photographers whose photography best exemplifies the essence of each of the following categories:

People & Portrait

Celebrates the likeness of a person of a small group of people through photos in which the face is the focus of the image. Includes: Portraits, Self-Portraits, Group Portraits and Candid photos.

Documentary / Photojournalism

Celebrates the power of photography in creating a visual account for news stories and current events. Includes: Documentary photographs, News photos.

Cloudscape, Landscape, Aerial and/or City Scape

Celebrates the beauty of clouds, sky, urban skylines, and broad areas of land. Includes: Urbanscapes, Landscapes, Cloudscape and Aerial images.

Travel / Vacation

Celebrates the landscape, people, culture, customs, and history specific to a certain geographic area. Includes: Travel and Vacation photography.

Action & Adventure

Celebrates action and adventure captured in images. Includes: Sports photography, Adventure photography.

Events (Parties, Weddings, Celebrations)

Celebrates social events captured in images. Includes: Nightlife, Celebrity, Wedding and Party photography.

Art / Conceptual

Celebrates a concept or idea captured in images and/or relays the creative vision of the photographer as artist. Includes: Artistic photography, Staged and Manipulated photography.

Nature (Plants and Animals)

Celebrates the image of animals (wild and domestic), birds, fish, insects, plants, flowers and trees. Includes: Macro/Nature, Wildlife, and Underwater photography.

Commercial (Fashion, Product & Food)

Celebrates the power of photography in illustrating a service or product. Includes: Advertising, Food, Product, Fashion, Still life and Studio photography.


Celebrates the essence/aesthetic of film photography. Includes scans of photographs originally captured using film cameras, including 35mm, Polaroid, and medium/large format cameras.

Category Award Winners will be awarded a $500 cash grant and a feature on Artists Wanted, exposing their work to tens of thousands of the most influential eyes in the photographic and arts communities.

The Art of the New Urbanism

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Nov 032011

Visualization Competition!

There are a number of yearly juried competition like the Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition, the CG Architect Architectural 3D Awards, the Architectural Record Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest and the American Society of Architectural Perspectivists Architecture in Perspective competition.

Here is a new competition that although might not be annual, is one that really highlights the importance of great image making and its impact on presenting projects.

The Art of the New Urbanism

The New Urbanist movement is dramatically transforming the way that illustrations and renderings are incorporated into the dialog of community planning and placemaking. New Urbanism has provided a means of visual communication that enables citizens from all walks of life to become engaged in planning their neighborhoods and communities. Vivid and compelling artwork, communicative renderings, and beautiful illustrations are all part of The Art of the New Urbanism. Here is your chance to show your best work and to contribute your ideas to the ongoing conversation.

Submit your pieces today!

Submissions Guidelines

Stage 1 – Initial Image Submission Process
Click here to download the Stage 1 Submission Form (PDF)
Each artist may submit up to 8 images
Stage 1 image submissions must be received by November 30, 2011 to be considered for inclusion

Submissions must be sent via e-mail
Please attach the following to the email:
1. a completed digital copy of above-linked submission form
2. a digital file (1024 x 768 dpi max size jpg) of each submission image

Names of all emails, images, and submission form must begin with: artist’s last name, first name (ie. Doe, Jane)
Email your submission(s) to: [email protected]

** Gmail accounts are able to send/receive files up to 25MB. If your file is larger than 25MB, please email us to discuss an alternate submission method.**

Presentation Matters

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Oct 182011

Discussing the importance of  presentations is a priority for a website and blog dedicated to promoting the specialists who provide their clients great architectural presentations.  The concept of how presentation matters and impacts of both winning and losing presentations is sure to be the subject of many blogs and discussions on the site.  I had intended the initial blog on Presenting Architecture to be on this topic but am happy I waited as the presentation I am starting off with has much to discuss.

A recent article I found through was a criticism of Frank Gehry’s proposed Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial on the National Mall in Washington DC. Avoiding everything related to the design of what was presented, the proposal has not gone over well and actually spurred a public competition sponsored by the National Civic Art Society (skewed towards conservative design) of alternative ideas for what the Memorial should be. The juxtaposition of how Gehry’s office presented and what the public threw out there in the competition highlights what I view as cold presentations verses warm presentations.

Let’s take a look at what was presented from both Gehry’s office and some of the competition entries.

First a video from Todd C Wiggins showing the Gehry presentation.


The Gehry presentation showing the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission studying the model and some presentation images onscreen.  This picture really shows why models are still used, they facilitate a discussion at which everyone can see, point and talk about the project.

While the model clearly helped Gehry present the design to an audience, the photos of it that were used seem cold and the scale of the project is difficult to understand.  Almost no information about building materials or even clues were given.  Although still early on in the design, a hint of materials not just a child’s building blocks and better pedestrian level views would help viewers understand the pedestrian experience.


Was it a surprise that the reaction to the presentation was bad?  No, this concept was simply not presented in its best light.

Here are a few of the competition entries, most well presented, put together with substantially fewer resources than Gehry most likely had.  They present a warm feel that is easily understandable to the general public.

 Sylvester Bartos and Whitley Esteban

 Scott Collison

In contrast, to the Gehry proposal above, below is an early concept illustration by Presenting Architecture member Chris Grubbs of the recently dedicated Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. The completed Memorial is close to what Chris illustrated in such a wonderful way which was presented and approved early on.

        REUTERS/Jason Reed

What I view as the good and bad of each presentation are of course my opinion, you are invited to add your own observations in the comment area at the bottom.  Please try and focus on the presentations, not the designs.

What’s Your Story? Build Narratives that Boost Your Business

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Sep 292011


When: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14

Where: The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, NY, NY 10012 (212) 683-0023 [email protected]

People have been communicating through storytelling since they lived in caves and sat around campfires. Today, businesses use narrative to convey their companies’ messages and stand out in an increasingly competitive marketplace. So how does storytelling apply to design firms? What distinguishes one firm from another is not only its portfolio, but messages conveyed through creative and compelling stories. These speakers will demonstrate how design firms can use multimedia tools and different platforms to create effective stories that boost marketing, communications, and public relations programs.

Denise Ramzy, LEED AP BD+CAdjunct Professor, Parsons The New School of Design and Principal, Field Dimension
Richard Cook, AIA Partner, Cook+Fox Architects
Helen Dimoff, Communications Director/Principal, NBBJ

Free for members
$10 for non-members

Organized by the AIANY Marketing and PR Committee