January 23, 2018

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Washington, DC – January 23, 2017­ – The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is proud to announce the winners of the fall InStudio Render/Sketch competition in conjunction with Vectorworks, Inc., a global design and BIM software developer.

AIAS members were asked to share their sketches and renderings to highlight their studio work and to provide inspiration for those looking to enhance their own skill sets. This competition was open to all years and skill sets.



Jenny Ngyuen, University of Arizona @imjennynguyen

Taichung Opera House

This image of the Taichung Opera House was selected to receive the first prize for its whimsy and narrative. Along with the submission, Jenny Ngyuen included a story of peril when the balloon pilot had to make an emergency landing. The narrative along with the bright, balanced, and dynamic rendering awarded her the first prize. Congratulations!



Mark Davis, Anne Arundel Community College @markncdavis

Hammond-Harwood House

The Hammond-Harwood House was selected because of the craftsmanship and mastery of media. This marker rendering uses stippling, pen armature, and a layering of marker to create a depth that draws the viewer in. The time poured in and Mark’s dedication to detail is what sold us on this second place winner. The jury also appreciated the layout of the final piece. Congratulations!



Nick Giambanco, University of Arizona @photo_realistic_renders

Tucson Culture Center

The Tucson Culture Center is a beautiful representation of a computer rendering generated for a studio project. The many qualities of layering are what caught the jury’s eye with this submission. This project is clearly regionally-specific and appropriate for the climate in which it was designed for. The display of layering with structural members, lattice, and slat work in addition to the layering of spaces create visual intrigue. Additionally, the choice to make all entourage black and white while allowing the building to pop in color gave an interesting awareness of focus and direction for the viewer. Well done and congratulations!




The American Institute of Architecture Students is a non-profit, student-run organization dedicated to programs, information and resources on issues critical to architecture and the experience of education. For more information, visit www.aias.org or call Kimberly Tuttle at (202) 808-0036.


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