After spending nearly two decades working in San Francisco, Gregory Klosowski, 42, moved back to his native Chicago this year to become a senior project architect at Pappageorge Haymes Partners. When he arrived, he found his favorite vista unchanged—a spot along Wacker Drive where the Tribune Tower and the Wrigley Building frame the Chicago River. “The word ‘amaranthine’ in the title means eternally beautiful and unfading,” Klosowski says of his en plein air sketch. “The Chicago skyline changed in the years I was away, but seeing that this view was the same was reassuring.”View the Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest main page.
While aboard a recent flight, Harold Vinasco, 56, sketched a rich streetscape of balconies, colonial-style roofs and flowers—recollections of his hometown of Cali, Colombia. “There are a lot of places in Colombia where you can find this kind of image,” Vinasco, a designer at Beame Architectural Partnership in Miami, says of his three-minute sketch. While he has used programs like autoCAD since the late 1980s, Vinasco says that a sketch always serves as his starting point. “I am so happy to do it, because my work is also my hobby,” he said—“in the train, on the plane, everywhere.”View the Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest main page.
Our jury was impressed with the overall quality of submissions from designers from Callison's Seattle office.View the Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest main page.
Submissions from Registered Architects
Though they didn't win the top prize, these napkins were nevertheless noteworthy.View the Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest main page.