Sergei Tchoban, 2020 ASAI President

We are very excited to have Sergei Tchoban join the ASAI Board of Directors. His longtime support of ASAI as a member has awarded him many awards in the Architecture in Perspective Professional Competition.

Among his other duties on the board, he is actively planning the 2020 Architecture in Perspective Conference in Berlin, Germany. We look forward to releasing those details at a later date.

Sergei Tchoban, Architekt BDA
TCHOBAN VOSS Architekten, Berlin
SPEECH, Moscow

Sergei Tchoban, born in Saint Petersburg in 1962, is a Russian-German architect. After his studies at the Russian Academy of Arts, Saint Petersburg, he worked as a freelance architect in Russia until in 1992 he started working at the architectural office NPS Nietz – Prasch – Sigl in Hamburg. In 1995 he became managing partner of this company, which since 2017 trades as TCHOBAN VOSS Architekten. In 2006 Sergei Tchoban founded the architectural office SPEECH in Moscow together with Sergey Kuznetsov. 2009 the Tchoban Foundation started, growing 2013 into the Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin.

Between 2009 and 2011 Sergei Tchoban has been member of the urban advisory board of the city of Linz and will resume this activity from 2018 on. Since 2013 he is member of the urban advisory board of the city of Moscow. Moreover Tchoban has been teaching at the Moscow Graduate School of Architecture MARCH during 2013 and 2014. He was jury member of the Iakov Chernikhov International Prize for Young Architects in 2014 and a jury member of the World Architecture Festival WAF in 2016 and 2017. He chairs the jury of the international drawing competition ArchiGrafik since 2013. In 2017 he founded the first Biennale for young architects in Russia, with the aim of encouraging and supporting their professional development.

At the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2010 and 2012 Sergei Tchoban was curator of the Russian Pavilion. In 2015 he was the architect of the Russian Pavilion for the EXPO Milan. Further he was responsible for the exhibit design of several international exhibitions, the latest in the Vatican Museum in Rome. Since 1992 Sergei Tchoban is member of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators ASAI. His drawings have been displayed in several museums and galleries and several are part of the collections of the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Architectural Archive of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.

2018 Sergei Tchoban received the European Prize for Architecture by Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

Keely Colcleugh 2019 ASAI President

The American Society of Architectural Illustrators is pleased to announce that Keely Colcleugh of Kilograph is joining the Board of Directors as 2018 Vice President and the 2019 President. As the 2019 President, she will host the Architecture in Perspective 34 Competition and Conference.

  Keely is the Director and Founder of Kilograph, a visual communications and emerging VR/AR technology studio based in Los Angeles. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from McGill University in Montreal Canada and a Master of Design in New Media degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCIArc). Drawing on 20 years of experience in the fields of architecture, feature film visual effects, and communications design, she has worked at Bruce Mau Design in Toronto Canada, The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and AMO, and as a visualization artist at Atelier Jean Nouvel in Paris. In 2004, she moved to Los Angeles to begin a career as a Previs Animator on feature films, including Iron Man and Superman, before starting Kilograph in 2009. When Keely isn’t working, she’s speaking about the importance of architectural visualization to architecture students and graphic artists. She has lectured at the California State Polytechnic University, Woodbury University, the University of Kentucky, and USC School of Architecture. She has been a guest lecturer at the IUAV in Venice Italy’s Master of Digital Architectural program, and at Trojan Horse was a Unicorn, speaking on the topic of narrative in architectural visualization. She is a board member at the A+D museum of Los Angeles, and a member of the Jury for the Architizer A+ Awards.

About the American Society of Architectural Illustrators

ASAI, is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of the art, science and profession of architectural illustration.Through communication, education and advocacy, the Society strives to refine and emphasize the role of illustration in the practice and appreciation of architecture.


The American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI) was founded in 1986 as a professional organization to represent the business and artistic interests of architectural illustrators throughout North America and around the world.

ASAI’s principal mandate was and remains the fostering of communication among its members, raising the standards of architectural drawing, and acquainting the broader public with the importance of such drawings as a conceptual and representational tool in architecture. Membership in the organization is not limited to professional illustrators, but is open to architects, designers, teachers, students, corporations, and anyone engaged in the serious pursuit of architectural drawing. The American Society of Architectural Illustrators also assists in the advancement of the profession in a number of significant ways. It serves as a referral agency for those seeking the services of a illustrator, as a network for practitioners and affiliated organizations from around the world, as a clearing-house for ideas and discussions about architectural illustration, and as a sponsor of regional and local member activities. The central purpose of ASAI remains the improvement of architectural drawing worldwide. By recognizing and celebrating the highest achievements in the illustration of our built environment, the organization — together with the dedicated, committed and passionate efforts of its international members — continues to further the quality of the work of all who have an interest in architectural illustration. In 1995, ASAI was recognized for its excellence in achieving its mandate and purposes with an American Institute of Architecture Honor Award which commended the organization for its work in strengthening collaborative associations with the communities of architects, designers and other professionals, as well as for its programs dedicated to educating the public about architectural drawing.

Introducing the AIP 32 Student Jury

Our first deadline for Architecture in Perspective (AIP) 32 has come and gone with the final deadline for the Professional Competition, which closed at the beginning of the month. However, students can still submit their renderings and sketches through March 10th, 2017. As members of ASAI and participants in the AIP 32 Competition and Conference, students from around the world join leaders in architectural illustration and gain visibility for their artwork. This year, three esteemed jurors will discuss, debate and ultimately judge student submissions for AIP 32. The very best will win the coveted Student Award of Excellence, which includes a Certificate of Excellence, a $1,000 (USD) Cash Prize, complimentary 2018 membership and complimentary conference registration. The winning image will be included in the AIP exhibition that travels the United States and international venues. Additional Student Awards of Merit may be granted by the jury at their discretion, and all winning images will be published in the AIP catalog and on the ASAI website. The 2017 Student Competition Jurors are an accomplished group of industry professionals and ASAI members.

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A Professor at the University of Idaho, Matthew Brehm is also an author, a founding board member of the Urban Sketchers non-profit organization, an award-winning artist and an expert in observational drawing. After receiving his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame, Matthew worked for design firms in Washington D.C. before attending the University of Oregon to earn his Master of Architecture. Today, as a professor at the University of Idaho, Matthew’s focus revolves around design communication, design process, architectural graphics and representational sketching. He initiated, and still runs, an eight-week study abroad program for Idaho architecture students to work and study in Rome. As a founding member of Urban Sketchers, Matthew is a frequent speaker at the group’s international events. He has authored and illustrated three books on drawing from observation. He describes one of his passions as “observing and understanding the world through sketching with various media, such as pencil, pen, charcoal and watercolor.”1 When asked of his other pursuits, he states, “I used to play music and do a lot of vegetable gardening, but teaching, and especially the Rome Program, has meant that I no longer have much time for hobbies. Sketching used to be a hobby, but now it’s more tied to my work, and I like it that way.” 2

Gil_GorskiGilbert Gorski

A licensed architect and renowned illustrator, Gil Gorski has twice been awarded the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize, the nation’s top honor in the field of architectural illustration. As an architect, Gil has led the design of major projects, including the world headquarters for the McDonald’s Corporation in Oak Brook, Illinois, and the Oceanarium, a large-scale addition to the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. He was designated the Burnham Fellow by the Chicago Architectural Club and was awarded a three-month associate fellowship to the American Academy in Rome. He was also granted the National Collaborative Achievement Award from the American Institute of Architects, and he held the James A. and Louise F. Nolen Chair in Architecture as a professor at the University of Notre Dame. Gil has authored several books, and his artwork has been met with international acclaim. Today, he resides in western Pennsylvania, where he primarily paints landscapes. “Painting’s relevance has been diminished by other art forms, yet I remain attracted to it for a number of reasons,” Gil says. “First, I like working with my hands. Second, painting for me reaffirms the power of handmade objects—oil paintings in particular must be seen in person, they defy being captured with photography. Finally, I am interested in the poetry of common things; painting allows me to express the extraordinary I see in the ordinary.” 3

Corey_BW_scaledCorey Harper

As the founder of TILTPIXEL, a premiere architectural visualization studio in Houston, Corey draws from fifteen years of industry experience to lead a team of digital artists in the production of high impact imagery and short films. As an artist, Corey’s renderings and animations have been utilized by architects, developers, brokers and Fortune 500 companies all over the world. Corey most recently received the ASAI Award of Excellence in 2015 for his speakeasy penthouse design and rendering. His work has also been published in Architectural Record magazine. Corey graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Design, Emphasis on Visualization, from Texas A&M University before starting his career at PDR Corporation, a Texas-based creative design firm. Five years later, he refined his skillset as a Principal for Neoscape in Boston. At the end of 2009 he relocated to Houston where he founded TILTPIXEL. Today, Corey focuses on expanding TILTPIXEL’s footprint in the industry by pushing the boundaries of artistic vision, and by providing quality deliverables with a rigorous attention to customer service. Corey currently serves as the 2017 President of ASAI. As President, he strives to broaden ASAI’s visibility amongst the architectural community, while preserving the mission of the organization and the intentions of its founders. We encourage students from around the world to join ASAI and submit their formal presentation renderings, informal sketches, study projects, drawings, paintings and computer imagery to AIP 32 before the deadline of March 10th. On October 19th – 21st, 2017, we look forward to welcoming students to Houston for the ASAI international Conference, where they will learn from industry greats, engage in dynamic conversation, and gain top-notch education on a wide array of topics in architectural illustration.   1 2 3

Protect Your Copyrights: Respond to this Library of Congress Survey

From the Illustrators Partnership REMINDER: Protect Your Copyrights: Respond to this Library of Congress Survey

Deadline: Next Tuesday, January 31. The survey is short. Only a few words to say about yourself and 3 questions to answer. And if you don’t have the time to write, you can copy and paste our suggestions. Please take a minute, go to this link and fill in the boxes.

A. In response to the 3 questions, here are some suggested answers.


B. In response to Item 4, you can upload additional comments as a pdf. Consider identifying yourself as a creator (and not a user) and make a personal statement: Date Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden Library of Congress 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540

I am a professional freelance artist and small business owner. I’ve been in business for ___ years. I specialize in _____. I am wholly responsible for all my business and overhead expenses. I pay my own insurance premiums and health care expenses. I fund my own retirement plans and have no other safety net. I earn my entire income from the licensing of my copyrighted work, so it is critical for my ability to stay in business that the US continue to provide creators with the full protections of existing copyright law. My copyrights are my work product and my work product is my livelihood. I have experienced massive copyright infringement for the last two decades, by publishers and “advocacy organizations” who claim reprographic royalties earned by my work, by publishers who engage in unauthorized sublicensing behind subscription walls, and by infringers who steal online images. The next Register should uphold Berne, and wholly support the efforts of illustrators to be safe-guarded by a functioning US visual art collecting society that protects the commerce of our secondary rights both domestically and overseas, and directs the secondary rights revenue stream of earned royalties to the illustrators who created the work.

Respectfully submitted, ____________________________________________________

If you’ve missed our previous alerts, here’s the story in a nutshell: Dr. Carla Hayden, the new Librarian of Congress, has fired the head of the Copyright Office and is now soliciting advice on the “knowledge, skills and abilities” people think the new Register should have. It has been widely reported that Dr. Hayden supports the agenda of the “open source” lobby. So if past is prologue, these anti-copyright interests will use this survey” to gin up an astroturf response from their supporters, then take the results to Congress to claim that the American people want work on the Internet to be free. To counter the lobbying tactics of Big Internet firms, creators must respond to this survey in force with a call to retain the full protections of copyright as provided for in  Article I Section 8 of the Constitution. PLEASE DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE DEADLINE. DO THIS TODAY. Please post or forward this artist alert to any interested party.

Introducing the AIP 32 Professional Jury

As we enter the final few weeks of our AIP 32 Professional Competition, ASAI jurors are looking ahead to early March, when they will congregate in the TILTPIXEL offices of ASAI President, Corey Harper. There, they will cull through hundreds of entries, deliberate for many hours, and finally assign cash prizes and award recognition to the best of the best. Who among us is up to the task? This year, Corey will welcome three esteemed artists to lead the charge of jury deliberation. Scott DeWoDeWoody_Scott_460x345ody serves as the Director of Visualization for Gensler in Houston, as well as the company’s Firmwide Creative Media Manager. Scott began drawing and sketching at an early age, and he knew by middle school, when his love for video games took shape, that his passion for art would lead to a career in computer animation. He taught himself 3D modeling in high school and attended the Art Institute of Houston for college, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in media arts and animation. Upon graduation in 2007, he joined Gensler as an Illustrator. From there, he has risen to oversee his firm’s rendering technology with the addition to VR, AR, and interactive media. He has worked for numerous clients, including NVIDIA Corporation, ExxonMobil, Shell Oil Company, BP, City Center Las Vegas, and many more. Scott continuously studies color theory and composition, while maintaining an intense focus on image quality and workflow. His leadership at Gensler enables the firm to explore new possibilities of architecture in the interactive space. Vince vincent-hunterHunter is a Principal of Design at WDG Architects in Dallas. Vince joined WDG over 22 years ago, shortly after earning a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University. More recently, his responsibilities have grown to include the management of WDG’s planning and building design practice in the firm’s Dallas office. Vince has spearheaded numerous multifamily, urban master planning and commercial projects in North Texas, in addition to mixed use, hospitality, retail and senior living. Much of Vince’s success can be attributed to his team leadership, working with the client, Design Architect and consultants to ensure quality design from concept through completion. He focuses on both aesthetic excellence and innovation in technology and building efficiency. Outside of work, Vince is an avid cyclist and a board member of the Texas Irish Foundation, which is a non-profit that raises funds for a variety of charitable organizations. Jorge TiscaJorgeTiscarenoreño currently serves as a Senior Project Designer at PBK and has worked in the architectural industry for over 20 years. His portfolio reaches beyond Texas and encompasses a diverse array of corporate, educational and athletic facilities. He has received numerous design awards, as well as national recognition, and is a frequent speaker at conferences such as Autodesk University. As a fixture in the architectural visualization community, Jorge served as a judge for the 2010 CGArchitect Architectural 3D Awards. Prior to PBK, Jorge worked as a Senior Designer at SHW Group, as well as a Design Visualization Firmwide Manager for Gensler. Jorge’s colleagues tout his leadership and creativity, and his expertise in digital design, modeling and rendering tools. His role at PBK involves every phase of the design process, from architectural programming to design conception and development. He maintains a client-focused perspective and a keen attention to expectations as he tackles architectural challenges. ASAI is grateful for the contributions of Scott, Vince and Jorge as they make plans to meet as a Jury in Houston. Don’t forget to submit your digital or traditional renderings and sketches today! The deadline for the AIP 32 Professional Competition is February 3rd, 2017, and the deadline for the Student Competition is March 10th, 2017. Click here to enter!