Every year, the St. Louis AIA Chapter recognizes and encourages excellence in design with special emphasis on Drawings, and brings attention to works of distinction. And every year, since 2005, an architectural designer at Cannon Design has been awarded this distinction. This year, two Cannon Design architects, Johnathan Wirth and Erik Mease, both won Honorable Mention for their entries.
The two winners from Cannon Design submitted drawings from firm projects they were involved with at that time. So, not only were the drawings recognized as exceptional works themselves but they were also used as a practical and integrated part of the design process.
Johnathan Wirth’s design sketch of the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Arizona gives insight into the inner-workings of the design process. In the description of his drawing, he states:
“This drawing is a snap shot in the design process and tries to stay loose and focused at the same time. It seeks to distill complex relationships into a single collage of drawings at multiple scales and vantage points. I approached this drawing in such a way as to keep my mind free and concept focused while discovering possibilities for refinement.”
In contrast to the pen and paper award winner above, the other award-winning drawing by Erik Mease was created entirely on the computer with programs like 3D Studio Max and Photoshop.
The drawing’s original use was for a lighting design study of the St. Louis Public Library, Central Library Renovation Project. In Erik’s description, he says:
“While working continuously with the lighting designer, fountain designer, and details of the canopy construction, renderingswere continually utilized to test the comprehensive design. A combination of renderings and Photoshop techniques were used to construct this image.”
All of the Cannon Design participants agree that winning these drawings awards year after year is a testament to the quality of work Cannon Design produces throughout the firm. To see all the submissions from the St. Louis office to the 2011 AIA St. Louis Drawings Awards, including the winners, please see the document below.
Susan Welker, AIA - 18 May 2013
Exactly! I did research during my Masters in Architecture about how more w...
Yen Cao - 15 May 2013
Way to go Brian! Congrats.
Air Monitoring - 15 May 2013
Really, its nice information, I read this whole and carefully. This covers ...
Don Wesley - 14 May 2013
Sara: What an honor, and so well deserved! You have always been a very sp...
Bob Farwell - 13 May 2013
Sara: Congratulations! I have always been impressed by your talents,work e...