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18 Spectacular Photographs Recognized at the AIA Los Angeles Photography Awards

18 Spectacular Photographs Recognized at the AIA Los Angeles Photography Awards
18 Spectacular Photographs Recognized at the AIA Los Angeles Photography Awards, Michael Moser / Ragnarock - Museum of Pop, Rock & Youth Culture Roskilde, Denmark. Image © via American Institute of Architects
Michael Moser / Ragnarock - Museum of Pop, Rock & Youth Culture Roskilde, Denmark. Image © via American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter has announced the winners of their 2019 Architectural Photography Awards. The 18 images, awarded in the Honor, Merit, and Citation tiers, were selected from 450 submissions of stellar quality, a two-fold increase on the 2018 edition.

The awards were founded as a “celebration of the use of architecture as a subject to make art, rather than a photograph as a documentational tool.” Recognizing the individuals driven to communicate the works of architects, the awards “celebrate the photographer’s eye, skill, and talent in expressing the transcendent nature of space."

This particular group of submissions was excellent and one of the markers of it that struck me was its diversity of approach. We’ve seen aerials, black and white, narrative, non-narrative, abstract, we’ve seen things we’ve never seen before—that’s always refreshing.
-Matthew Rolston, Juror, 2019 AIA|LA APA

Below, we have reprinted the photographs selected by the AIA. For more information on the awards, visit the official website here.

Honor Winners

Michael Moser

Michael Moser / Ragnarock - Museum of Pop, Rock & Youth Culture Roskilde, Denmark. Image © via American Institute of Architects
Michael Moser / Ragnarock - Museum of Pop, Rock & Youth Culture Roskilde, Denmark. Image © via American Institute of Architects

Title: Ragnarock - Museum of Pop, Rock & Youth Culture
Roskilde, Denmark
Architects: Cobe, Copenhagen & MVRDV, Rotterdam.

Jury Notes: “This is a traditional, classical, iconic building - and if not the building, certainly the image of it. | The huge, gold structure cantilevered out looks almost dangerously powerful as if it’s going to crush a small child who is kneeling beneath it. That creates a lot of visual interest and helps tell a big story about the power of architecture. | So often when you see an important building like this, it’s flattened in the landscape – this really exaggerates the cantilever, makes you feel the grandiosity… and gives you a sense of awe.

Darren Bradley

Darren Bradley / Steel City, Pittsburgh, PA. Image © via American Institute of Architects
Darren Bradley / Steel City, Pittsburgh, PA. Image © via American Institute of Architects

Title: Steel City
Pittsburgh, PA
Architect: Smithfield-Liberty Garage, designed by Mr. Philips B. Bown (Altenhof & Bown)

Jury Notes: "Architecture is so much about context, and this photograph truly captures that. | This photographer, by design or by chance, caught a shaft of light between buildings, illuminating a very surreal structure – or at least it appears surreal compared to its neighbors on the street front. | The svelte, suave curves, the lightness, the purity of it versus the dark, but not threatening, traditional urban context. Poetics and composition are really beautiful. | It’s a wonderfully evocative dream image."

Luis Ayala, AIA

Luis Ayala, AIA / Park Here! Weil am Rhein, Germany. Image © via American Institute of Architects
Luis Ayala, AIA / Park Here! Weil am Rhein, Germany. Image © via American Institute of Architects

Title: Park Here!
Weil am Rhein, Germany
Architect: parking lot of the Vitra Design Center, designed by Herzog & de Meuron

Jury Notes: "This photograph derives power from its abstraction. There are some very rigorous compositional effects here. It’s a painting, as a photograph. | You understand so intimately what this space is, but here it’s presented in this new way that really makes you look. You see the tire marks, you see the way that we park in clusters, it really brings humanity to something that could feel really stark. | It is a very rich, pure, abstract, and human image. Parking lots should look and feel so good when you are in them as they do from this angle."

Florian W. Mueller

Florian W. Mueller / Singularity No. 18 Cologne, Germany. Image © via American Institute of Architects
Florian W. Mueller / Singularity No. 18 Cologne, Germany. Image © via American Institute of Architects

Title: Singularity No. 18
Cologne, Germany
Architect: Planungsgruppe Stieldorf

Jury Notes: "Some photographs have a totemic quality: you just stare at them and you begin to meditate. This is one of those images. Is it the building or is it the photograph? Well, it’s both. | Framed by the sky, this abstract, minimal piece is incredibly engaging. It’s an object against space, but it could be an object on another field– it’s almost like a door, a window, or a gateway. | It draws the eye in. Looking up and down the color keeps the movement in the space. The photographer was very smart with how they composed to make it all sing."

Paola Maini

Paola Maini / Clap Clap, Itsukushima Temple, Hiroshima, Japan. Image © via American Institute of Architects
Paola Maini / Clap Clap, Itsukushima Temple, Hiroshima, Japan. Image © via American Institute of Architects

Title: Clap Clap
Itsukushima Temple, Hiroshima, Japan
Architect: built c. 1170 by Taira-no-Kiyomori, rebuilt c. 1571 by Mori

Jury Notes: "Not all photographs are narratives or have narrative qualities – this one does. It almost looks like a scene from a film. It seems to tell a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end. | There is a big idea here which is that architecture and people are a unity, a singularity, which isn’t always the case in architectural photography. | We’re not seeing the entire building, we’re getting information about the weathered wood, the woman praying, the prayers that are hung up, such a sense of place without having to be shown everything."

Saide Serna

Saide Serna / To the Moon, Los Angeles, CA. Image © via American Institute of Architects
Saide Serna / To the Moon, Los Angeles, CA. Image © via American Institute of Architects

Title: To the Moon
Los Angeles, CA

Jury Notes: "This is a very intriguing photograph taken at The Broad, a shrine to contemporary art. We are truly in the belly of the beast. | It captures what is the most wonderous and a little threatening or scary about this particular ascent. | Without that context, it’s this image of people entering into the unknown- and I think that’s something we can all relate to, a visceral effect which is what architecture can bring. It isn’t about something being beautiful, it’s about a place that you go, in your mind, and physically in space."

Merit Winners

Daniel Aguilar

Daniel Aguilar / 100%, Tempelhofer Feld Berlin, Germany. Image © via American Institute of Architects
Daniel Aguilar / 100%, Tempelhofer Feld Berlin, Germany. Image © via American Institute of Architects

Title: 100% Tempelhofer Feld
Berlin, Germany 

Ethan Rohloff

Ethan Rohloff / Sydney Opera House, Silhouette Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Image © via American Institute of Architects
Ethan Rohloff / Sydney Opera House, Silhouette Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Image © via American Institute of Architects

Title: Sydney Opera House Silhouette
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Architect: Jørn Utzon 

Kip Harris, AIA

Kip Harris, AIA / Taj Mahal from Gardens at Dawn Agra, India. Image © via American Institute of Architects
Kip Harris, AIA / Taj Mahal from Gardens at Dawn Agra, India. Image © via American Institute of Architects

Title: Taj Mahal from Gardens at Dawn
Agra, India
Designer: Usually attributed to Ustad Ahmad, aka Isa Khan 

Miguel Ruiz

Miguel Ruiz / L.A., Los Angeles, CA. Image © via American Institute of Architects
Miguel Ruiz / L.A., Los Angeles, CA. Image © via American Institute of Architects

Title: L.A.
Los Angeles, CA

Paul Turang, Affiliate AIA|LA 

Paul Turang, Affiliate AIA|LA / Time For Dodger Baseball, Los Angeles, CA. Image © via American Institute of Architects
Paul Turang, Affiliate AIA|LA / Time For Dodger Baseball, Los Angeles, CA. Image © via American Institute of Architects

Title: Time For Dodger Baseball
Los Angeles, CA
Architect: Emil Praeger 

Francis Ssu-ing Wu

Francis Ssu-ing Wu / Manhattanhenge, New York, New York. Image © via American Institute of Architects
Francis Ssu-ing Wu / Manhattanhenge, New York, New York. Image © via American Institute of Architects

Title: Manhattanhenge
New York, New York

Citation Winners 

David Mordoch

David Mordoch / 911 Memorial, Manhattan, New York. Image © via American Institute of Architects
David Mordoch / 911 Memorial, Manhattan, New York. Image © via American Institute of Architects

Title: 911 Memorial
Manhattan, New York
Architect: Oculus, by Santiago Calatrava 

Elizabeth Daniels

Elizabeth Daniels / Ennis Midnight Storm, Los Angeles, CA. Image © via American Institute of Architects
Elizabeth Daniels / Ennis Midnight Storm, Los Angeles, CA. Image © via American Institute of Architects

Title: Ennis Midnight Storm
Los Angeles, CA
Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright 

Gregory Yager, AIA

Gregory Yager, AIA / Scaffold, New York City, NY. Image © via American Institute of Architects
Gregory Yager, AIA / Scaffold, New York City, NY. Image © via American Institute of Architects

Title: Scaffold
New York City, NY

Javier Gil Vieco

Javier Gil Vieco / Glowing Profile, Seattle, Washington. Image © via American Institute of Architects
Javier Gil Vieco / Glowing Profile, Seattle, Washington. Image © via American Institute of Architects

Title: Glowing Profile
Seattle, Washington
Architect: Museum of Pop Culture (former EMP Museum) by Frank Gehry (Gehry Partners, LLP)

Michael Wells

Michael Wells / House on Lava, Hawai’i. Image © via American Institute of Architects
Michael Wells / House on Lava, Hawai’i. Image © via American Institute of Architects

Title: House on Lava
Hawai’i 

Ryan M. Gobuty, Assoc. AIA

Ryan M. Gobuty, Assoc. AIA / Dominus, Dominus Estate, Yountville, California. Image © via American Institute of Architects
Ryan M. Gobuty, Assoc. AIA / Dominus, Dominus Estate, Yountville, California. Image © via American Institute of Architects

Title: Dominus
Dominus Estate, Yountville, California
Architect: Herzog & de Meuron  

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Cite: Niall Patrick Walsh. "18 Spectacular Photographs Recognized at the AIA Los Angeles Photography Awards" 21 Feb 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/911957/18-spectacular-photographs-recognized-at-the-aia-los-angeles-photography-awards/> ISSN 0719-8884
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