Santa Fe by Ryan Gobuty. Image courtesy AIALA.
The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|LA) has announced this year’s winners of the Architectural Photography Awards.
Fifteen individual artists and photographers working locally and around the world were recognized in three separate categories for Best Image, Render and Instagram Feed.
Individual winners like Marcus Peel from the UK have been praised for their “interplay of monochromatic colors and shadows that almost put this abstract form in perpetual motion”. A statement from AIA | LA said: “The suite of winning photographs from 2022 also demonstrates how successfully photographers can reinterpret a well-known work.”
The jury included photographer Ashok Sinha, Montalba Architects founder David Montalba, FAIA, and Shimahara Visual CEO Elizabeth Parker. Winners were divided into Honor, Merit, and Citation, with Honor representing the highest award.
BEST PICTURE — HONOR
Santa Fe by Ryan Gobuty, Assoc. AIA
(Architecture by Legoretta)
Jury comments: An exquisite representation of a harmonious and vivid color palette playing with shadows and dappled light. The artistry and dynamic use of color and space are stunning! The dynamic quality of this image is second to none in the way the light and shadows, the angles of construction, and of course the careful placement of the “actors” in this scene all play together.
Colnaghi IV by Marcus Peel
(Architecture by Crawford and Gray Architects)
Colnaghi IV by Marcus Peel. Image courtesy AIALA.
Jury comments: An outstanding capture highlighting the tonal contrast and criss-crossing, curving leading lines that create a mesmerizing and mesmerizing shot. Absolutely stunning! The curves of this staircase give a sensuous quality to this image, while the abstract nature of the framing of this image forces us to get lost in its curves and shadows and the different geometric shapes that emerge as you walk around. take a walk in photography. What really sets this image apart is the interplay of monochromatic colors and shadows that almost put this abstract form in perpetual motion.
Surface, Absence, The Return by AIALA Affiliate Scott Lorenzen
(Architecture by Atelier David Tellerman)
Surface by Scott Lorenzen. Image courtesy AIALA.
Absence of Scott Lorenzen. Image courtesy AIALA.
The return of Scott Lorenzen. Image courtesy AIALA.
Jury comments: These images transport us to a land of wonder and imagination – the geometric patterns and play of light and shadow accentuated by the architecture are simply magical, and the formality of straight lines and hard shadows emphasize the wonder of this place. This collection of images was striking not only for the immediacy of its intention, but also for its poetic silence. It brings the viewer in and opens a new window into a moment that was captured with clear intention, sublime composition, and the orchestration of light that is ultimately unmatched in any of the other works we reviewed. | Both architectural and ambitious, these photographs have a timeless sensibility and contrast that are deep, soft yet harsh, black and white yet colorful, calm yet strong; they resonate in our memory to remind us of how photography can impact us all.
Wrapping the Triumph of Jonathan Ducrest
(Art installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude)
Wrap Jonathan Ducrest’s Triumph. Image courtesy AIALA.
Jury comments: What makes this image special is the image’s overall gray tone that ‘bleeds’ seamlessly into the sky, as well as a square almost devoid of people that makes its presence otherworldly. It is very difficult to make an image of a place that has been photographed a million times, as in the case of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. In this case however, the photographer has chosen to show this fabric-wrapped monument created by artist duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and shows us something unfamiliar on a very familiar subject.
C-Glass House by Taiyo Watanabe
(Architecture by Deegan Day Design and Architecture)
C-Glass House by Taiyo Watanabe. Image courtesy AIALA.
Jury comments: The C-Glass House appears to float in its surrounding lush environment and the all-glass structure adds to its sense of weightlessness and transparency. The photographer carefully chose the perfect time of day to shoot and plan this image. Our eyes are immediately drawn to the interiors of this magical home, and long streaks of stars in the twilight sky add an element of movement in a rather unexpected but stunning way.
Monolith by Darren Bradley
(Architecture by William Pereira)
Monolith by Darren Bradley. Image courtesy AIALA.
Jury comments: Although this building has been a landmark for so long, its structure is much celebrated in this image, along with these contrasting relationships noted. A great shot of a great piece of architectural history in the San Diego area. The contrasts in this image are hard to avoid, the scale of the structure itself compared to the two people carefully placed below in conversation, or the harshness of the concrete placed in the foreground of the eucalyptus grove, the sky seeming to mediate each.
BEST RENDER — HONOR
Rendering of Hill House by Robin Donaldson, AIA
Rendering of Hill House by Robin Donaldson, AIA. Image courtesy AIALA.
Jury comments: The artist uses a creative and unique perspective for this imaginative medium. The emphasis and balance of form, texture, color (or lack thereof) is masterful. Whimsical yet clearly calculated, its contrast and intentional departure from the traditional rendering styles we all see so much really sets it apart. Dreamy but clearly expressing the intentions of the project; it’s a great reminder to run your own race. A captivating work of art!
Dolford Residential Masterplan by Brooks Murray Architects
Dolford Residential Masterplan by Brooks Murray Architects. Image courtesy AIALA.
Jury comments: The visual storytelling and painterly feel give this image a unique and whimsical approach to rendering. The composition immediately pulls you into the narrative beautifully heightened by the atmosphere and drama.
BEST INSTAGRAM FEED — CLOSED
Arturo+Lauren (Instagram username: @arturo.and.lauren)
Image courtesy AIALA.
Jury comments: Nice use of content and cadence of publishing strategy. The content seems consistent with their brand. I love how they experiment with film, behind the scenes, and imagery while feeling designed and intentional. Dynamic visual balance! Arturo and Lauren strike the right balance between showcasing their professionalism and their individual personalities. The stream showcases a range of beautiful, high-quality client work, with thoughtful video clips and behind-the-scenes footage that paints a picture of not just their brand, but the people behind it.
BEST INSTAGRAM FEED — INDIVIDUAL
Paul Marquez (Instagram username: @360photo)
Image courtesy AIALA.
Jury comments: The quality of the work is striking and the format and photography are on-brand. There is a synergy between the positions that is felt throughout the grid. Paul Marquez/360photo has some awesome work beautifully displayed in a unique non-traditional grid on his Instagram feed. The visual language behind the posts is consistent and of high quality, including the choice of one-word captions that make her Instagram feed a joy to scroll through!
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