NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NewSchool) students and the local San Diego chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) showcased the unique architecture and design trade tradition of ‘napkin sketching’ during the Fourth Annual Napkin Sketch Auction that took place at NewSchool. The live and silent auctions raised a total of more than $6,000, the proceeds of which will help fund AIAS scholarships and programs for deserving architecture students.
“The event was a big success,” says David Garcia, a NewSchool architecture undergraduate and fundraising chair for the AIAS event. “Personally, this project means a lot to me, and not just because of the time and involvement, but because this is a nice way to bring students and their favorite architects together, even if it’s just through a sketch. Plus, since it’s a fundraiser, the proceeds have been a great help to the success of the chapter.”
The project began as “a sketch for a sketch,” with NewSchool students working diligently on their own napkin sketches to capture the attention of prominent architects. Students then mailed their sketches to targeted architects along with a request for an original sketch that could be auctioned during the AIAS event.
Attendees of the live auction had the opportunity to bid on original work and ideas hand-drawn on napkins by prominent U.S. and international architects, including Sean Godsell, Thom Mayne, Cesar Pelli and Robert Venturi. Individual napkins were auctioned for hundreds of dollars, with the top bids as follows:
- 1. NewSchool faculty member and San Diego-based architect Kurt Hunker: $500
- 2. Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas: $475
- 3. Iraqi-British architect based in London, Zaha Hadid: $460
- 4. Iraqi-British architect based in London, Zaha Hadid: $455
- 5. Philadelphia-based architect, Robert Venturi: $370
All of the napkin sketch renderings can be seen on the AIAS events Web page and photos of the event can be seen on the AIAS events Facebook page.