For our 34th Annual International Conference, we traveled to Tinseltown! This year’s event, “AIP Goes to Hollywood,” included students, professionals and enthusiasts of architecture and environmental art came from around the world to engage in an open conversation on the relationship between architectural illustration in 3D environments, architecture, cinema gaming, matte painting, photography and VR/AR. Attendees of the conference complimented, President Keely Colcleugh of Kilograph on her ability to put together a speaker lineup that was eclectic and inspiring.
A key component of the Architecture in Perspective 34 Conference was to provide an expanded scope of the event with a diverse speaker panel and to allow ample opportunities for alumni and new attendees to network and engage with each other during a variety of networking and learning opportunities including:
- Environments & Emerging Technologies – The conference kicked off with a discussion panel at Gnomon, moderated by Chris Nichols of CG Garage. All-star artists representing a myriad of different industries and mediums talked about how new technologies are changing the way architectural concepts are developed and communicated.
- AIP 34 Exhibition Opening – Award-winning artwork from the International Architecture in Perspective 34 Professional and Student Competitions displayed at the WUHO Gallery that included a watercolor VR experience of the unbuilt work of Michael Graves “Imagined Landscapes”.
- Urban Sketch & Photography Tour – Conference attendees explored and sketched historic locations around Los Angeles. The tour engaged artists on a route from the Kimpton Everly Hotel to Hollywood Pantages Theater Metro Station (Red Line), Union Station to El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument and ending with lunch at the historic district of Olvera Street.
- The eclectic 2-day lineup of speakers at this year’s conference featured practitioners from varied fields including architecture, photography, augmented and virtual reality, Hollywood visual effects and more. Speakers included:
- Melissa Weese, Architect at TLCD Architecture
- Barbara Ratner, President Emeritus of the ASAI and 2017 Gabriel Prize Winner
- Chris Nichols, Director of Chaos Group Labs and host of the CG Garage podcast
- Joy Lea, CG Art Director at ARwall
- Austin Irving, Visual artist who works with large format analog photography
- Nick Hiatt, Star Wars: The Force Awakens concept artist and matte painter
- Mike Golden, Founder of 3Marks and Head of 3D for Kitbash3d
- Eric de Broche des Combes, Founder of Luxigon
The final event of the conference was the awards ceremony where award winners from 2019’s AIP competition received their awards with the highest honor of the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize being presented to Corey Harper of TILTPIXEL during a special ceremony. Other awards given were Lifetime Achievement awards presented to Masaaki Yamada and Tina Bryant.
ASAI is extremely grateful for the glowing feedback already received from attendees and panelists, as well as for the tremendous support from our volunteers, venue partners, conference partners and sponsors.
We look forward to seeing you in 2020 in Berlin, Germany where Sergei Tchoban has already begun the planning for the 35th Architecture in Perspective International Conference. The dates for the conference are October 14-17, 2020. Details will be announced on the website along with the professional and student competition starting at the beginning of the new year. SAVE THE DATE!