Anybody who knows me knows that the only thing I like more than to share the normal goings on in my life and work are to share the GREAT things that are happening in my life and work. So you can imagine how difficult it has been to keep this one under my hat for so long!
What a surprise it was when I received “the call”. There I was minding my own business (literally). I was at my desk working on a project. I was drifting off in my mind contemplating what I wanted to do for a big marketing campaign idea. “Should I do an email campaign? How will I build my marketing list? More Facebook? Pinterest? I really need to finish my website”. I think it was a Monday… yes, it was a Monday because the week had just started and I was gearing up for all that I wanted to get done that week. I remember it was really cold outside! The phone rings and a proposition was made.
At first, I thought “Really?”. Than I started to get excited and I bounded up the stairs to tell my darling husband. For weeks we have been working out all the details and the announcement can finally be made….
Ok, enough already. Just get to it, right?!
I am so excited to tell you that I have been appointed as the Executive Director for the American Society of Architectural Illustrators! ASAI was founded in 1986 as a professional organization to represent the business and artistic interests of architectural illustrators throughout North America and around the world. ASAI’s principal mandate was and remains the fostering of communication among its members, raising the standards of architectural drawing, and acquainting the broader public with the importance of such drawings as a conceptual and representational tool in architecture. Membership in the organization is not limited to professional illustrators, but is open to architects, designers, teachers, students, corporations, and anyone engaged in the serious pursuit of architectural drawing.
The American Society of Architectural Illustrators, ASAI, is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of the art, science and profession of architectural illustration. Through communication, education and advocacy, the Society strives to refine and emphasize the role of illustration in the practice and appreciation of architecture.” ASAI Mission Statement
Well, that is quite a list, but my intention is to grow the membership to a gargantuan size and take over the world! Muah ha ha ha…. In all seriousness, I hope to be a valuable asset to the architectural illustration community at large. I accept this position with great honor. I will be in very talented company which is quite humbling.
It means that I will have even more opportunities! Opportunities to learn from the most talented artists in this industry. Production will continue as usual. In fact, you may even start seeing some of my non-architectural artwork, but I will tell you more about that later.
I will be using the next couple of months to transition the ASAI office to Maine and will be doing a lot of reading to get up to speed and try to fill the shoes of the most wonderful Tamara, who has held the position for the last 10 years. Big shoes to fill! I will also be doing some traveling. In June, I will be representing ASAI at the AIA (American Institute of Architects) convention in Denver and then in October I will be traveling to San Francisco for the ASAI annual conference.
On to the next phase in my career. It’ll be the best yet!
Of course, now this means that I will actually have to finish my website…