Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the closing award ceremony for the 30th anniversary conference of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI) in Toronto. Having originally trained as an architect myself and having spent my career developing software tools for the architectural visualization community, I look forward each year to seeing the latest inspirational work from top artists and studios from around the world.

The ASAI started out in 1986 as a professional non-profit organization dedicated to the public advancement and recognition of the art, science and profession or architectural illustration. The Society strives to refine and emphasize the role of illustration in the practice and appreciation of architecture.

One the primary ways that the Society fosters these goals is by holding an annual international competition called “Architecture in Perspective” – an annual international competition, exhibition and catalogue that features work by many of the most accomplished contemporary architectural illustrators from around the world. The competition, and associated annual conference, provides a valuable forum for practitioners to exchange ideas and further their professional and artistic development.

What I’ve always appreciated most about these conferences is the level of dedication that all the artists show towards their craft. There’s a broad interest and support in sharing and applying new technologies and techniques. But regardless of technique, the primary criteria for selecting competition winners remain core artistic principals – the mastery of color, form, and light, to produce an emotionally compelling and evocative rendering.

To view the extraordinary entries and winners in this year’s competition, you can visit the online gallery here. We’d also like to congratulate three ReviewStudio customers who also received awards – Neoscape, Cicada Design and Zero Fractal. Next year Carlos Cristerna from Neoscape will be leading the organization and I’m looking forward to the exciting program of new events he previewed. To take part you can learn more about joining the ASAI here.