Register: OCT/13/2017, Submit: OCT/13/2017, Eligibility: Professionals in architecture or in related fields: architectural illustrator, educator, engineer, cg animation; students, Fee: Professional – AIA Member 35 USD, 20 USD additional entry, Non-AIA Member 50 USD, 30 USD additional entry; Student – AIAS Member 25 USD, 15 USD additional entry, Non-AIAS Member 35 USD, 25 USD additional entry, Awards: 1. The Beck Award for Excellence in Digital/Hybrid Media; 2. The HKS Award for Excellence in Hand Delineation; 3. The Richard B. Ferrier Award for Best Physical Delineation; 4. The Kevin Sloan Award for Best Travel Sketch – Winner 300 USD; 5. Emerging Technologies Delineation Category; 6. Jurors Citation
The Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition (KRob) has celebrated the best in architectural delineation for 43 years. A Dallas classic that has received international recognition, KRob honors hand and digital delineation by professionals and students throughout the world. Averaging over 400 entries from 25 countries in the past several years, the competition’s visibility continues to grow. The Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition is the most senior architectural drawing competition currently in operation anywhere in the world.
In the late 1920’s, The Architectural League of New York established the first American competition for architectural drawings. It was named after Birch Long, one of their greatly talented and much-loved members who died while working on their 1927 exhibition. The “Birch Burdette Long Memorial Prize” was awarded annually until 1972, when it was discontinued for lack of interest in architectural illustration.
It seems a remarkable coincidence, indeed that a new annual event in far-away Texas was initiated the following year by the Dallas Chapter of the AIA, and was subsequently named for the untimely death of a respected colleague.
This event preceded by two years the 1975 founding of the British Society of Architecture Illustrators (SAI), the first of several national organizations to follow. In 1980 the Japanese Architectural Renderers Association (JARA) was initiated, followed by the 1986 founding of The American Society of Architectural Perspectivists (ASAP) in Boston by Frank Constantino, Steve Rich and myself. The NYSR in New York and the short-lived New Jersey Association were formed soon after ASAP. After the Koreans founded KAPA in 1990, the Australians became the “newest kid on the block” with their AAAI, which was organized (in 1995)]. All this makes the Ken Roberts the most senior architectural drawing competition currently in operation anywhere in the world. – (article researched and written by Paul Stevenson Oles, FAIA)
WHO WAS KEN ROBERTS?
Ken Roberts was a Louisiana native and an architect who worked for the firm Craycroft-Lacy & Partners during the late 1960’s in Dallas. He then left to join forces with Dick Savage and later with Clutts & Parker to form Iconoplex, Inc in 1973. As his former boss Jack Craycroft recalls, Roberts was “a great designer and even better architect”. In addition, Roberts produced numerous immaculate ink perspective drawings of small residential and commercial projects that testified to an impressive facility for architectural rendering by hand.
With the departure of his star employee, Craycroft felt a compelling need to show appreciation for skilled delineators. He thus came up with the idea of creating an annual delineation competition and exhibit during his tenure as president of AIA Dallas in 1973. The following year, AIA Dallas President Jim Clutts handed his colleague Ken Roberts the task of organizing the very first delineation event. Not long after the successful inaugural event, Roberts’ chronic kidney problems suddenly ended his life at the age of 34. The AIA Dallas Executive Committee promptly renamed the annual delineation event after its first organizer, who was highly esteemed for the wide breadth of his abilities and admired for his enthusiasm and energy in the face of his declining health. – (article written by Julien Meyrat, AIA)
The Beck Award for Excellence in Digital/Hybrid Media
This prize is awarded to the best student and professional entries that demonstrate excellence through an innovative use of media and technology. Submissions may be digital, or hybrid mixed media with preference given to those that push the envelope of architectural representation, including drawings produced through algorithmic processes.
The HKS Award for Excellence in Hand Delineation
This prize is awarded to the best student and professional entries that embodies and celebrates the art of architecture as a tool for communication through hand delineations, sketches and renderings.
The Richard B. Ferrier Award for Best Physical Delineation
In response to the large majority of entries being submitted electronically, this prize has been created to highlight and honor the unique properties inherent to physical drawings. KRob has traditionally been an event that honored physical submissions, and this prize is intended to maintain this practice. To be considered for this prize, the entry must be submitted physically to the AIA Dallas office. Please carefully follow the instructions for physical submissions above. For entrants registered with a U.S. mailing address only.
The Kevin Sloan Award for Best Travel Sketch
This award acknowledges individuals interested in the time honored activity of drawing architecture and places to learn and understand. In lieu of drawings made to “interpret”, drawings submitted for this category are made to observe, analyze and record in a sketchbook. The winner of this category will be awarded a $300 cash prize.
Emerging Technologies Delineation Category (NEW)
This prize is in response to the emerging technologies of design and production that have opened new ways to engage with traditional practices of architectural drawings. Submissions for this category will explore technologies and include but are not limited to; code and algorithmic drawing; animation and gifs; 3d printing.
These citations allow the jurors to independently select any student or professional piece that they personally wish to see recognized. Winners will receive a Certificate of Recognition.