Architecture in Perspective

If you love architectural illustration,
this is the one conference you won’t want to miss.

October 11–13
Marina del Rey, CA

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About the conference

For 3 full days, artists and design professionals from around the world will gather in sunny Los Angeles to share ideas, techniques, and their love for architectural illustration.

Join us for plein air sessions at the Venice Canals led by world renowned illustrator Thomas Schaller, an urban sketching tour of downtown LA, and a special gallery opening at the A+D Museum showcasing the winners of this year’s Architecture in Perspective Competition.

That’s not all. There’s so much more.

Venice Pier © Thomas Schaller
Venice Pier © Thomas Schaller

Conference highlights

Venice Canals: Plein Air & Urban Sketch Workshop

Hosted by renowned illustrator Thomas Schaller. Bring your paints, sketchbook or camera down to the nearby Venice Canals for a plein air and urban sketching workshop.

Art of Illusion: The Work Carlos Diniz

Carlos Diniz was one of the greatest illustrators of the 20th century. Ian Espinoza, who took over the LA studio when Carlos retired, will present an anthology of his landmark work.

Why do we do it? Illustrating for a Cause

Discover how the power and influence of architectural illustration can make a positive impact in the world. Craig Shimahara re-examines the why behind illustration.

Exhibit: Award-Winning Architectural Illustration

Join us for a gallery opening to see all award-winning illustrations from the Architecture in Perspective 33 Competition on display at the A+D Museum in downtown LA.


Thursday, Oct 11

ASAI Town Meeting

Want to get more involved in the ASAI? This is the perfect opportunity. The Town Meeting is open to all ASAI members. Meet the ASAI Board, ask questions, make suggestions, and catch up on all the latest organization news.

Lunch break

Yum. Relax and grab a bite on the patio. Or picnic down on the beach. The world is your oyster. (But if you find an oyster on the beach, please don’t eat it.)

Venice Canals: A Breath of Plein Air

You definitely don’t want to miss this workshop hosted by world renowned illustrator Thomas Schaller. Tom will whisk everyone to the nearby Venice Canals for a plein air and urban sketching tour. Not a painter? No worries. Bring your camera and take in the sights.

Wait, Venice Canals? In California?

If you can’t visit Venice, why not build your own? In 1905 that’s exactly what tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney set out to do. He transformed a marshy California beach town into Venice in America — a fine arts district complete with canals and gondolas. Though the area is quite different from Mr. Kinney’s original vision, the Venice Canals were registered as a historic landmark in 1982. And they’ve since been revitalized. Now, it’s a quaint residential neighborhood with canals, footbridges and charming homes. Sadly, no more gondoliers. It’s still a perfect place to sketch, paint, snap photos or simply go for a casual stroll.

Venice Canals © Thomas Schaller

Sunset Cruise & Welcome Reception

Climb aboard! When a conference takes place in a marina, it’s mandatory to go for a boat ride, no? Get to know your fellow illustrators on this two-hour sunset cruise.

Arrive at the dock early, and you’ll have a chance to sketch the famous Fisherman’s Village. It’s a little slice of New England in California. Bring your hat, sweater, sunglasses, camera, sketchbook and little extra spending money for the cash bar. Appetizers will be served.

Friday, Oct 12

Illustrating for a Cause

How can architectural illustration make a positive impact in the world? If architecture is the greatest of public arts, then architectural illustration carries tremendous influence. But who does architectural illustration ultimately serve? Craig Shimahara shares his journey to re-examine the why behind architectural illustration and shares his personal mission to discover the utility and usefulness of art.

© Shimahara Illustration

Lunch break

Grab a bite on the patio, or adventure down to the beach.

Architecture in Perspective 33 Gallery Opening

The award-winning artwork from the Architecture in Perspective 33 Competition will be on display at the A+D Museum in downtown LA.

Saturday, Oct 13

Visualization: What’s Next

Change has come and the challenges are multiplying. Gone are the days where a simple illustration or a model would suffice, giving way to globalization, new technologies and a need to satisfy a culture awash in images. Together, these drivers are shifting what it means to practice architectural communications in a very rapid way, leaving many of us trying to catch our breath.

But the future is also bright. An expertise in spatial storytelling is part of our path forward. A path that asks us to question everything, before proposing solutions to problems we didn’t even know existed a year ago. Through experimental mindsets and a constantly evolving set of tactics, visualization experts will help lead this charge forward. Keely Colcleugh, CEO of Kilograph and ASAI Vice President, will tell you how.

© Kilograph
© Kilograph

Info coming soon.

Lunch break

Take a break. You deserve it. Maybe an al fresco lunch on the patio? Quick stroll along the beach?  Paddle board around the marina? Don’t forget your sunscreen.

Art of Illusion: The Work Carlos Diniz

Carlos Diniz was one of the most influential architectural illustrators of the twentieth century. Known for large-scale storytelling, his Los Angeles-based practice Carlos Diniz Associates Visual Communications was responsible for an exceptional body of work that includes many of landmark and historic structures of the 1960’s through the 1980’s. The studio worked with many Pritzker, Gold Medal and pioneering architects of the 20th century. Notable projects include the World Trade Center, Canary Wharf, and Disney Concert Hall.

This session is presented by Ian Espinoza, a master illustrator mentored by Carlos Diniz. Ian took over the practice after Carlos retired. For more information visit Ian Espinoza Associates.

© Carlos Diniz

Architect of Light: Watercolor Paintings by a Master

Straight from the man who wrote the book on architectural illustration — literally. Tom Schaller shares insights from his latest book Architect of Light: Watercolor Paintings by a Master.

The presentation will be followed by a special book signing.

Awards Reception

It’s almost time for the awards! Now’s a great time to chat up your fellow illustrators and maybe even get them to autograph your Architecture in Perspective 33 catalog. It’s a bit like collecting signatures for your high school yearbook — that is if everyone who went to your high school was an architectural illustrator.

Architecture in Perspective Awards Ceremony

It’s time to announce the Architecture in Perspective award winners. Think of it like the Oscars for architectural illustration.

Al Forster wins Hugh Ferriss Award


Thomas W. Schaller is an award-winning artist, architect and author based in Los Angeles. He  is a two-time winner of the ASAI’s Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize and recipient of a Graham Foundation grant. He has authored three books including the best-selling, and AIA award-winning Architecture in Watercolor, The Art of Architectural Drawing, and Thomas W. Schaller, Architecture of Light: Watercolor Paintings from a Master. Tom is a founding member of North American Watercolor Artists and is president emeritus of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. He is in demand worldwide as speaker, author, instructor and juror.

Keely Colcleugh 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, OMA and AMO, and as a visualization artist at Atelier Jean Nouvel in Paris.

Craig Shimahara is a filmmaker and architectural illustrator. His company, Shimahara Illustration, produces digital illustration, film, animation, and virtual reality with studios in Los Angeles and New York. Prior to starting Shimahara Illustration he worked as a designer at Gensler and Morphosis Architects where he gained experience on a variety of projects including the Salt Lake City International Airport, ArcLight Cinerama Dome, the Long Beach International Elementary School, and Diamond Ranch High School. Craig’s 2017 feature film, “Masterless”, is distributed by Bridgestone Multimedia Group and Heritage Films International. Currently, he is working on a documentary which will showcase the architectural response to homelessness in Los Angeles.


The Jamaica Bay Inn: A Beachfront Oasis

Located in the heart of Marina del Rey, you’ll be surrounded by quietly bobbing sailboats — and none of the LA traffic you hear so much about. From the hotel it’s just a short walk to the Venice Canals and Venice Beach. And it’s a short bike, scooter or Uber ride to Santa Monica.

The hotel is newly renovated with a relaxing beach vibe, comfortable rooms, and a great outdoor restaurant and bar. It’s the perfect combo for sneaking in a little vacation time between all the great conference events.

Temperatures in the marina are ideal. It’s naturally air conditioned, so the average high is 77 and the average low is 57. Just make sure you pack a sweater for sipping your morning coffee out on the patio — and for our sunset cruise.

Jamaica Bay Inn
4175 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 823-5333

For a limited time you can reserve your room at the special ASAI rate of $219 / night.

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Friends & family tickets

Friends and family who wish to attend the social events — sunset cruise, gallery opening, awards reception and ceremony — may purchase a +1 ticket for $150.