This year, the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter awarded professor Gerard Smulevich a 2020 AIA|LA Photography Citation Award for Best Image. The awards honor the vision of photographers who reinterpret the built environment through their own highly-individualized aesthetic. This year, they announced the selection of thirteen stills and two Instagram feeds as 2020 AIA|LA Architectural Photography Awards (APA) recipients. Culled from over 300 submissions, the winning photographs tonally spanned a dynamic range.
Titled Barceloneta, Smulevich’s image was captured in Barcelona, Spain. The image captured an installation in Barceloneta by the Swiss installation artist Marika. Smulevich’s graphic patchwork of colors in “Barceloneta” is comprised of the walls of bathrooms, the only remnants left of a demolished building. As the AIA stated, this year’s variation of subjects was matched by the diversity of countries the photographs were taken in. Kazakhstan, Turkey, Japan, Canada, Hong Kong, Portugal and the United States were represented, among others.
Gerard Smulevich is a professor of architecture at Woodbury School of Architecture. He has taught as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California and the Southern California Institute of Architecture, as well as a Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Urban Design (FADU) of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Gerard is also a photographer, having had several solo and collective exhibitions of his photography, including solo shows in Atlanta, Rhode Island and Los Angeles as well as collective shows in Berlin and Los Angeles. As a close collaborator of master photographer Julius Shulman, Gerard has developed a critical position on urban photography rooted in an interest for urban form and its meaning.