Architectural Delineation Competition – KRob 2013 Winners

Bob Borson —  November 18, 2013 — 27 Comments

If you’re “in the know”, you’ll understand when I say these are not amazing drawings … these are amazing “delineations.”

KRob 2013 Jury Panel

KRob 2013 Jury Panel with (R to L) Alex Hogrefe, Steohan Martiniere, Perry Kulper and moderator Bob Borson

Last Thursday, I was asked to moderate a panel of extremely talented illustrators – delineators – graphic artists …. whatever name they like to go by, as they announced the winners of the 39th annual AIA Dallas Chapter Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition or “KRob” as it is commonly referenced. This year’s competition saw a record number of entries (408) and in all, over 29 countries were represented – including Japan, France, Australia, UK, South Korea, Russia, Brazil and many more (21 more to be specific.)

The panel I was fortunate to moderate was streamed live across the web and was recorded … I will modify this sentence once the audio has been cleaned up and post a link so that anyone who is interested can listen to my smokey and dulcet tones.

For now, let’s just get to it – here are the winners, the juror’s selections and a handful of the finalists from this years event. I recommend that you head over to the official Ken Roberts Competition web site and take a look at all the recognized entries (finalists and winners) from this year and the last 8 years! It’s a huge repository of architectural eye-candy.

[all of these images can be selected to open up much larger in a new window]

Chris Cornelius Best in Category Professional Digital Mixed

Chris Cornelius
Best in Category Professional Digital Mixed
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Stephanie Bower - Best in Category Professional Travel Sketch

Stephanie Bower
Best in Category Professional Travel Sketch
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Castaneda Eduardo - Best in Category Student Digital Mixed

Castaneda Eduardo
Best in Category Student Digital Mixed
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Samara Hayes - Best in Category Student Hand

Samara Hayes
Best in Category Student Hand
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Steve Quevedo - Best in Category Physical Submission

Steve Quevedo
Best in Category Physical Submission
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Dustin Wheat - Best in Category Professional Hand

Dustin Wheat
Best in Category Professional Hand
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Changyeob Lee Juror Citation selection by Stephan Martiniere

Changyeob Lee
Juror Citation selection by Stephan Martiniere
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Adam Longenbach Juror Citation selection by Perry Kulper

Adam Longenbach
Juror Citation selection by Perry Kulper
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Gary Schuberth Juror Citation selection by Alex Hogrefe

Gary Schuberth
Juror Citation selection by Alex Hogrefe
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Derek Binsted - Finalist

Derek Binsted
Finalist
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Jay Cantrell - Finalist

Jay Cantrell
Finalist
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Kyle Murphy - Finalist

Kyle Murphy
Finalist
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Ozayr Saloojee - Finalist

Ozayr Saloojee
Finalist
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Vince (Wai Ian) Tam - Finalist

Vince (Wai Ian) Tam
Finalist
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Scott Tulay - Finalist

Scott Tulay
Finalist
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Tofan Rafati - Finalist

Tofan Rafati
Finalist
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Sen Liu - Finalist

Sen Liu
Finalist
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Patrick Ruggiero, Jr. - Finalist

Patrick Ruggiero, Jr.
Finalist
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Mohd Bilbeisi - Finalist

Mohd Bilbeisi
Finalist
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Matthew Bohne- Finalist

Matthew Bohne
Finalist
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Matthew Bohne - Finalist

Matthew Bohne
Finalist
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Marcus Rothnie - Finalist

Marcus Rothnie
Finalist
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Manole Razvan Voroneanu - Finalist

Manole Razvan Voroneanu
Finalist
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Jay Cantrell - Finalist

Jay Cantrell
Finalist
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

J.P. Maruszczak - Finalist

J.P. Maruszczak
Finalist
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Christina Shivers - Finalist

Christina Shivers
Finalist
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Chris Bennett - Finalist

Chris Bennett
Finalist
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Benjamin Shields - Finalist

Benjamin Shields
Finalist
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Alexei Dukov - Finalist

Alexei Dukov
Finalist
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

Alexander Blum - Finalist

Alexander Blum
Finalist
2013 KRob Architectural Delineation Competition

 

I could look at drawings like these all day long – and I bet you could as well. I am amazed and humbled by the skill presented in these images. I shared with this year’s KRob committee members and the jurors a story that the first year I chaired this event in the mid-90’s was the first year that we allowed digital entries to be submitted. This caused quite an uproar which included some of the longtime sponsors questioning their participation. I look at the artistry in each of these images and marvel at the views that are selected, the colors that are used, the framing of the image on the page …

I hope you can appreciate the time, effort, skill, and dedication to their craft that each of these illustrators has demonstrated. Makes me want to get out my sketch book and try and start working on my own delineation skills.

Cheers

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  • Agata

    I am truly amazed by those drawings, but I found quite interesting Ken Roberts himself and searched the web for his own delineations… Unfortunately, I haven’t found more than his portrait and competition entries from previous years… Do you know any place (on the web, I’m outside the US) where I can find his works?

    • http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com Bob Borson

      I don’t know of any. I think the competition was named after the man because of his involvement and general character, not because he was a great delineator. If I find anything, I’ll come back an amend this message.

  • Roy Lowey-Ball, AIA

    These delineations are pretty amazing. Maybe delineations is the correct term because they are clearly not all drawings, paintings or watercolors – whatever. Still, they are all illustrations of some kind and highly artistic expressions. I’m wondering if there’s any sort of apples-to-apples comparison is to be made here because the means to illustration are so vastly different – such comparisons would strain credulity.

    I think most of us recognize that illustrations of whatever kind do not necessarily have to represent something that can be built just because and architect or master builder made the sketch, watercolor, ink wash or digital illustration. A better way to look at it is as a possible Vision that may and probably will require many steps to “get there”, wherever there may be.
    I used to disparage “posters” like this as being akin to confusing the label on the coffee can with the coffee itself, and know from watching some architectural juries in action that jurors are often seduced by the brilliance and craft of the rendering, That said, the beauty of the illustration can’t be denied and is a worthy thing in and of itself.
    By the way, I am still enchanted by Stephanie Bowers’ travel sketch which has the unself-conscious immediacy that says, “I was there…”

    Just don’t confuse it with the coffee.

  • Stephanie Bower

    Interesting reading these comments and to have found this blog, as I was unable to hear the comments that were streamed live from the presentation. I am one of the people honored with this award, both in 2013 and 2012 in the professional travel sketch category. I love that the KRob awards both hand and digital imagery, as hand sketching is still a great tool for seeing, thinking, and designing. I hope it will not be lost…

  • Dan Killebrew

    I love all this stuff. Some is challenging, others inspiring. I am especially inspired by anything hand-drawn and of that anything in graphite, just because I always have my pencil. thanks for a good report/article/representation.

  • Jeff Wolfe

    I really like Dustin Wheat’s work. I found some other pieces of his from previous years and liked them all.

  • Mark Mc Swain

    Such exhibitions always engage me at several levels.
    One, naturally, is the “Hey, I can do /that/”–sorta, kinda, iffin I had the time . . . ” reaction.
    Another is the “Hey, if I put [model] through [process], I could mebbee then [do process] to it, and get a cool result.
    Yet another is to just be in awe, to have no words at all.
    Still another is that reflex well known to frustrated authors, particularly the ones who know that the real hudle they are not leaping is that being an author is a great deal of hard work for hours upon end, to then face rejection by one’s self, and others, repeatedly. And, I already do that for a living in architecture :)

  • blcsquared

    Breathtaking!

  • EnergyVanguard

    These are nice drawings, or delineations if you wish, but doesn’t this indicate that the problems identified by Christopher Alexander, Stewart Brand, et al. are still haunting the architectural profession? It’s nice to have art you can put on the wall, but shouldn’t architects focus on stuff that can, you know, actually be built?

    • http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com Bob Borson

      Hi Alison,
      It’s an interesting position to take, maybe it’s easiest to talk in extremes. If all that architects focused on was stuff that could be built, how would we ever advance the norm? Take a look at your profession – Building Sciences. At a certain point, standards have been met – and in some instances far surpassed – so why keep trying? Why keep pushing the envelop to make things better?

      It’s because we can … and it generally leads to greater things.

      These renderings are no different really, just a lot earlier on in the process. The create dialog and an exchange of ideas that lead to new ways of thinking and ultimately new types of architecture. I can’t think of better reason to enthusiastically support the creation of these sorts of “un-built” architecture.

      • EnergyVanguard

        That’s a fair point, Bob. You’re right. We all need to find out what the limits are and see just how far we can go. That’s true in every field.

        We should discuss this over drinks some time so we can figure out how to get more than a small percentage of buildings (what is it, 5%?) designed by architects. I don’t think architecture-as-art is the answer.

        • http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com Bob Borson

          those are my favorite types of conversations (those over drinks)

          consider it a date!

  • http://about.me/angelomarasco Angelo

    Absolutely wonderful. Would love to have these framed and hung all over our house ;-). Of course that may be setting the bar just a bit high for inspiration on taking my own doodles to the next level. Thanks for sharing Bob.

  • http://rockacystudios.allyou.net/ Jason Rockacy

    Is there a standard by which to compare the hand drawn works versus the computer generated ones? I enjoy the hybrid drawings, but I think it all depends on the context of the work. I am an architectural renderer myself (please excuse my delineation slur), so I will definitely compete in future competitions. You can check out my work at rockacystudios.allyou.net if you like. Thank you for sharing. Incredible!

    • http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com Bob Borson

      There are not separate categories if that is what you mean. I can’t say how the judging was handled this year since I wasn’t in the room, but in years past, a majority of the conversation still centers around how the view was selected, how it was assembled, was it an effective communicating device, lighting, color, etc.

      You should enter, your work seems like it would be an excellent fit.

      • http://rockacystudios.allyou.net/ Jason Rockacy

        Wow. Thank you for your encouragement! I’d love to be a fly on the wall in that room, if only to hear their criticism. Drawings tend to change with the fashion of the age, and for me the tide pulls to how effectively we communicate through our drawings. Thanks again!

  • tirzomolina

    more impress by the hand not the digital

  • Larry Wolff

    I thought I was in the “know” until I had the simply wonderful experience of experiencing the great work featured in this morning’s post. Thank you – Bob and all of the artists and organizers – for making today very special.

  • Courtney Price

    These are awe inspiring- truly stunning. The range of creative styles is amazing – and the talent and skill: wow. I might need to go see these in person. Great post.

    • http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com Bob Borson

      these are the sorts of drawings that have the ability to make you feel wonderful and inadequate at the same time!

  • Jim Kollaer

    Bob. Ken Roberts would be pleased and amazed at the imagination and quality of th submissions. Even if I pulled out my sketchbook and pens, it would take me another lifetime to catch up with the talent. Congrats and thanks for sending them along.

    • http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com Bob Borson

      Ha! I don’t think I will ever get to where these people are at – it’s not in my nature to be as committed to the task as this would require but it’s not hard to appreciate them.

      • Jim Kollaer

        Yeah, but they do it with such ease was if they had cone it all their life. The intricacy of the scaffolding is truly amazing. I still struggle to sketch…using sketchbook pro and my brushes and auryn ink is a challenge for me.

  • draftycranium

    Thanks for sharing, I feel very fortunate to see these! My favorite entry is from Alexander Blum.

    • http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com Bob Borson

      I love that one two – particularly the light quality. I thought about asking people what their favorite was but since I would be hard pressed to select a favorite, I thought others would have difficulty as well. I appreciate them differently – this one for color, this one for its pencil work – that one for light … they are all so good, I don’t know how the judges did it!

  • Robert Moore

    Absolutely fantastic!
    To quote Fed Astaire in Top Hat “I get so sentimental when I see how perfect perfection can be.”

    • http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com Bob Borson

      they certainly are amazing aren’t they?