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, you can join other artists and design professionals from around the world in sunny Los Angeles to share ideas, techniques, and a love for architectural illustration.

The conference includes a walking tour and plein air workshop at the Venice Canals led by world renowned illustrator Thomas Schaller, an architectural 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.

And 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.

Sunset Cruise & Welcome Reception

Join fellow illustrators, family and friends for a leisurely sunset cruise around the harbor. What better way to kick things off? It’s a perfect mix of conference meets vacation.

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.

Architectural Walking Tour: Downtown LA

LA is full of architectural masterworks old and new. Explore some of the best known sites including the Disney Concert Hall, Broad Museum and Bradbury Building.

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.

Art of Illusion: The Work of Carlos Diniz

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

Visualization: What’s Next

The way we communicate architecture is changing fast. Keely Colcleugh suggests a way forward that mixes experimental thinking with time-tested tactics, using her work at Kilograph as a guide.

Awards Reception & Ceremony

We celebrate this year’s Architecture in Perspective Competition award winners with a special reception and awards ceremony. It’s the perfect way to cap off the event.


Thursday, Oct 11

ASAI Town Meeting

Want to learn more about ASAI and opportunities to get involved? This is the perfect chance. The Town Meeting is open to all ASAI members. Meet the 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, you have to go for a boat ride, no? Get to know your fellow illustrators on this two-hour sunset cruise.

Want to bring along your family and friends? Great idea! You can get our special Social Activities ticket and bring them to all the conference’s social occasions.

Fisherman’s Village

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.

Fisherman's Village

Friday, Oct 12

Wireframes is the first exhibit to track the art of architectural visualization since its inception. The exhibit presents a series of narratives, snapshots from the discipline’s vibrant history. Through illustrations, projections, and interactive technologies the visitor is immersed in the story of architectural visualization. With over 30 artists participating, Wireframes exhibits the infinite possibilities for creative visual communication. Artists include Kilograph, Hayes Davidson, dBox, Studio AMD, Neoscape, Mir, Luxigon, Alex Roman, Dennis Allain and architect-turned-director, Joseph Kosinski.

Eric Stultz and Anthony Morey will share a behind the scenes look at the making of Wireframes, prior to our gallery visit.

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, founder of Shimihara Illustration, 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.

Architectural Walking Tour, Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown LA is filled with architectural gems both old and new. We’ll transport you from the Marina to downtown for a walking tour of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Broad Museum, the Bradbury Building and more.

Disney Concert Hall

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

As a concept illustrator, art director and matte painter, Alex has worked on a number of films including Disney’s The Jungle Book, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and Hugo.

Recently, Alex has lent his unique skillset to art direction for AR and VR projects for Disney, Facebook and NASA. In this session, he will offer a look behind the scenes at his approach for illustrating images that tell a cinematic story and how new technology is helping him push the creative boundaries of film design.

© Alex Nice

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, Carlos’ step-son, who took over the practice after Carlos retired. For more information visit Ian Espinoza Associates.

© Carlos Diniz
© 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.


Thomas W. Schaller is an award-winning artist, architect and author based in Los Angeles. He is a two-time winner of the ASAI 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.

Ian Espinoza began his career in architectural illustration under the tutelage of his step-father, internationally renowned illustrator, Carlos Diniz. Upon Carlos’ retirement in 1997, Ian rechristened the studio Ian Espinoza Associates Architectural Illustration and has continued the tradition of excellence in fine art architectural rendering and image design. Ian continues to challenge himself by expanding on the traditional techniques to produce a style that better expresses the needs of contemporary architecture and visualization.

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.

Alex Nice is a film concept illustrator, matte painter and visual effects Art Director with over 15 years experience creating high-end content for film, TV and VR. Trained in fine art and illustration, Alex has created epic and photoreal imagery for some of Hollywood’s biggest films including Jungle Book, Hunger Games, Oblivion, Pacific Rim, Elysium, Tron Legacy, Amazing Spider-man, Hugo and more.

Eric Stultz is a Design Director and Principal at Gensler. His more than 20 years with Gensler have presented opportunities to lead the design of significant large-scale projects around the world. Eric’s work has encompassed a broad range of building types and services and has been recognized consistently for design and technical excellence. Eric currently serves on the board for the A+D Museum in Los Angeles and was a co-director of “Wireframes: The Visualization of Architecture” currently showing at the A+D Museum.

Anthony Morey is a Los Angeles-based designer, writer, theorist and curator. Currently, he is the Executive Director & Chief Curator at A+D Museum along with being an editor-at-large of Archinect, a discussion moderator at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and Design Studio Faculty at USC in Los Angeles. His work and research are invested in the tensions between text, psychology and image and their relationship to architecture and art.


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

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

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Social events tickets

Friends, family and anyone who wishes to attend the conference’s social events — sunset cruise, gallery opening, awards reception and ceremony — may purchase a Social Events ticket for $150.

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