The American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI) based in Hebron, US, was founded in 1986 as a professional organization to represent the business and artistic interests of architectural illustrators. Its principal mandate was to remain 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 American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI) 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.
Each year approximately sixty pieces are chosen for exhibition by a jury of respected professionals in the fields of architecture, illustration, photography, fine art, or design education. The artwork deemed to be the year’s most outstanding work is accorded the organization’s highest award, The Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize. By providing not only award recognition, but also a forum for the practitioners of this art form the American Society of Architectural Illustrators has focused too.