Treehouse Napkin Sketch

Winners Announced for the ALA Treehouse Napkin Sketch Contest!
View the Award-Winning Sketches Below.

The Treehouse Napkin Sketch Contest was an opportunity for licensed architects, architecture associates, architecture students, and suppliers to the built environment, to showcase their design expertise. A panel of experts judged the 5-inch by 5-inch sketches based on creativity, originality and technical skill.

View the winning sketches below in each of two categories, along with notes from our esteemed judges.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the participants. 



 Gregory L. Klosowski, Pappageorge Haymes Partners

"From the initial review through to the final determination of awards, this sketch stood out as the 'best of the best.' Informed by the verticality inherent in the forest context, the design concept and quality of the sure hand displayed in the sketch technique both sustain this assessment."
 William Ketcham, Stantec Architecture, Inc.

"Really enjoy this sketch for using the 5x5 cocktail napkin size to interpret and create the tree and frame the sketch. Simple, strong ink line and embossed seashells add to texture of drawing."
 Lindsay Boley, Stantec Architecture, Inc.

"Transparent decks that allow the trees to visually read through and create a 'graphic grid' as well as an implied White Birch forest were lauded by the jury."
 Brian Kidd, Kidd Architects

"The jury lauded both the unique design that is informed by the hanging 'bird nest' image and a high degree of professional competence displayed in the sketch technique."
 Michael Henning, Pappageorge Haymes Partners

"Bold use of color recognized by jury."
 Sangita Santhanam, Rasa Design, Inc.

"Enjoyed use of multiple vanishing points."
 Sam Salahi, AP&S Ltd. Architects

"The jury lauded this sketch for story telling."
 Thomas Hickey, Thomas Hickey & Associates

"The jury lauded this sketch for story telling."

 Sarah Fellingham, Syracuse Architecture

"The jury recognized the design as being informed by the 'concept of nesting' and really lauded the use of bold ink spot technique to enhance the sketch's graphic impact."
 Qiying Ruan, Syracuse Architecture

"Enjoyed minimalistic approach to forest context."
 Anindita Laz Banti, Miami University

"Noted design that truly 'wrapped around' the main tree."
 Mariah Guyot, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

"Interesting concept."


Thank You to Our Judges:

Sketches were judged by an outstanding panel of educator-practitioners who have more than 100 years of service as faculty members at Ball State University's College of Architecture & Planning.
Chair: Tony Costello, FAIA, Irving Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Architecture & Principal, Costello+ Associates
Lohren Deeg, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Member of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators 
Harry Eggink, RA, Professor of Architecture


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