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Coinciding with the kick off of the 2024 AIA Conference on Architecture & Design in Washington, D.C., the AIA St. Louis chapter has announced the winners of its National Photography Competition.

The annual contest, now in its fourth decade, is open to all registered architects in the United States, AIA associates, and students enrolled at accredited architecture schools. This year’s jury included Emily Grandstaff-Rice, 2023 AIA president and associate principal at Perkins&Will; David Polzin, executive director of design at CannonDesign; and architectural photograper Cory Gaffer. Cash prizes were awarded to the first, second, and third place winners as well as the recipient of the Al Fuller Prize, which recognizes photographic excellence in capturing a subject based in the U.S., and the Student Award.

This year’s first place prize went to Taylor Spruill of Norfolk, Virginia, for his abstract, moody shot of a building in Cape Town. Atlanta-based John Stinson received second prize for his photograph of a young boy admiring a Washington, D.C., building, and James Fraerman of Highland Park, Illinois, came in third place for a dynamic portrait of a Grecian ruin. The Fuller Award was awarded to Christopher Fletcher, a student at the University of Michigan, for his photograph of Eero Saarinen’s St. Louis Arch. Finally, the Student Award went to Delany Ryan of the University of Southern California for a photograph of a sunbasking visitor at Junya Ishigami’s pavilion at the Kanagawa Institute of Technology in Japan.

See below for this year’s competition-winning photographs as well as the jury’s selection of 10 outstanding submissions honored with merit awards. The winning photos will also be on diplay at RECORD’s booth (345) on the expo floor of AIA24. See you there!

First Place: Living in Section by Taylor Spruill

Cape Town

Living in Section Taylor Spruill

Living in Section  by Taylor Spruill of Norfolk, Virginia. Photo courtesy AIA St. Louis

Second Place: 555 Feet by John Stinson

Washington, D.C.

555 Feet John Stinson

555 Feet by John Stinson of Atlanta. Photo courtesy AIA St. Louis

Third Place: Ancient Dream by James Fraerman

Agrigento, Italy

Ancient Dream James Fraerman

Ancient Dream  by James Fraerman of Highland Park, Illinois. Photo courtesy AIA St. Louis

Fuller Award: Compound Curves by Christopher Fletcher

St. Louis

Compound Curves by Christopher Fletcher

Compound Curves  by Christopher Fletcher of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Photo courtesy AIA St. Louis

Student Award: Light Field by Delaney Ryan, University of Southern California

Kanagawa, Japan

Light Field Delaney Ryan

Light Field by Delany Ryan of the University of Southern California. Photo courtesy AIA St. Louis

Merit Awards: 

Minneapolis MN 048 Jens Vange

Minneapolis MN 048 taken in Minneapolis by Jens Vange. Photo courtesy AIA St Louis

Stainless John Stinson

Stainless taken in Los Angeles by John Stinson. Photo courtesy AIA St. Louis

Texas Robert Meckfessel

Texas taken in Marfa, Texas, by Robert Meckfessel. Photo courtesy AIA St. Louis

Ascending Red Michael Wilkes

Ascending Red taken in Beaverton, Oregon, by Michael Wilkes. Photo courtesy AIA St. Louis

Pennzoil Place Gerald Moorhead

Pennzoil Place taken in Houston by Gerald Moorhead. Photo courtesy AIA St Louis

X Treme Michael Wilkes

"X" Treme taken in Heceta Head, Oregon, by Michael Wilkes. Photo courtesy AIA St. Louis

Pumping Station David Rolland

British Brickwork taken in London by Gerald Shonkwiler. Photo courtesy AIA St Louis

First Light Danielle Willkins

First Light taken in Petra, Jordan, by Danielle Willkens. Photo courtesy AIA St Louis

Windows Into Their Lives Alyssa Nealon

Windows Into Their Lives taken in Buenos Aires by Alyssa Nealon. Photo courtesy AIA St. Louis

Along the Natchez Trace	Robert Meckfessel

Alongthe Natchez Trace taken in Natchez Trace, Tennessee, by Robert Meckfessel. Photo courtesy AIA St. Louis

See last year’s winners here and read more about this year’s awards and next year’s competition at the St. Louis AIA Chapter’s website.