Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest - 2013

For the fourth year of its Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest, RECORD was again flooded with hundreds of reader entries. Contestants represented firms from coast to coast and from a variety of occupations within the field of architecture, including principals, designers, students, and interns. The competition was stiff and our staff jury pored over every drawing to handpick the top designs.



Gregory Klosowski
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.”

Winner Non-registered
Winner, Non-Registered Architect

Harold Vinasco
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.”  

Best Firm
Vess Dimitrov

Our jury was impressed with the overall quality of submissions from designers from Callison's Seattle office. 


Runners-Up Registered
Off-Beat Entries

Submissions from Registered Architects
Though they didn't win the top prize, these napkins were nevertheless noteworthy. 

Runners-Up Non-registered

Submissions from Non-Registered Designers.
Though they didn't win the top prize, these napkins were nevertheless noteworthy.

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