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Drury architecture student is recognized for his illustration skills

For Immediate Release: March 10

Drury Architecture Student is recognized for his illustration skills

Mark Miller
Director of Media Relations, University Communications
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Mar. 10, 2009 — Drury University architecture student Neill Scheiter received an Award of Excellence in the Second Annual American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI) Student Competition. It represents the highest honor awarded by the organization.

A jury of three, just as in the professional competition, met using Internet conferencing technology to review the entries and make their selections. Awards will be handed out at the annual conference in Madison, Wisconsin in October. Scheiter is in the final year of Drury’s five-year architecture degree program.

Scheiter has been a member of the ASAI for three years, “The organization itself has a lot of people I respect and admire,” Scheiter says. “I met those people when I was younger, and they welcomed me into the profession and kept me interested. The people who judge the competition are some of the most well-respected people in the industry. That’s why a lot of my focus in architecture has been about illustration.”

Up until two years ago, the competition was only open to professionals. In 2008, ASAI introduced a new award in order to recognize the talent of ASAI’s Student Members. In the first student competition, Scheiter received an Award of Merit. This year, his illustration was awarded the highest honor. “It was really meaningful to win them both,” Scheiter says.

Scheiter says he never planned to become an illustrator. However, after spending time in the Drury Architecture department, he learned to explain his ideas better, and that’s where illustration came into play. “A lot of times, if I have an idea, it’s easy to dream about it. The goal is to have that idea in your head and put it on paper,” Scheiter explains. “I give a lot of credit to people who helped me throughout my Drury career. I wouldn’t be where I am right now without my professors and teachers from Drury and high school. Art professor Todd Lowery has given me a lot of those ‘aha’ moments.”


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