This year’s DCA bi-annual conference-“Graphic Quest: the Search for Perfection in Design Communication”- was held in Stillwater, OK. Five faculty from OU represented the division of Architecture as paper presenters and paper session chairs. Some of its distinguished membership includes legends like Paul Laseau, Francis Ching, Moh’d Bilbeisi, James Leggit and Robert White, all world famous authors of graphics books that are owned, cherished and located in every architects library and used as references both in professional practice and classroom teaching everywhere.
Kevin Ku, a 5th year in Architecture represented the college in entering some of his travel sketch work in the student design part of the conference’s juried design exhibit, winning the Undergraduate Student section of Upper Level Student. The primary content of observational drawings must have been in existence at the time the image was created. Drawings could be in any media and format. His included travel sketches of New York City. Kevin’s submission won the Anna Loseva Juror’s Award.
The award is named after Anna Loseva who is a professional artist with an international exhibition record; her work is represented in multiple public and private collections. Anna graduated, summa cum laude, with a Master’s degree from the elite St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts. She then completed a three-year Ph.D. level fellowship at the Creative Studio for Outstanding Young Artists and became a member of the faculty at the Academy, teaching drawing, painting and visual presentation to architecture students. Anna subsequently moved to Canada, where she received a second Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Calgary. For three years she taught painting and drawing at Red Deer College in Alberta, before moving to Philadelphia, where she co-founded ArtandDesignStudios.com. In the 12 years since its inception, ArtandDesignStudios.com has won 10 annual awards from the American Society of Architectural Illustrators.