Frank Costantino, an architectural illustrator for over thirty-five years, has served renown architectural, design, and development firms throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He is a recipient of the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize – the world’s most prestigious award for architectural illustration – as well as other Juror and Category awards, from the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. He is one of only two illustrators to share both a Ferriss Prize and the Arthur Ross Award from Classical America in NYC. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, most notably at The Art Institute of Chicago, New York’s Urban Center, the Octagon Museum in Washington, D.C., as well as in Tokyo, Seoul, Berlin, and Lisbon. Award winning artworks from his career have been published in more than forty-five books or catalogues over the years. Since 1987, his drawings or paintings have been accepted into annual juried ASAI exhibitions. Representative pieces of work for Chicago projects are included in the permanent collection of The Art Institute of Chicago.
His commissions, for a clientele including Cesar Pelli, Moshe Safdie, I.M. Pei & Partners, Robert Stern, and SOM, span a wide range of projects around the world, including skyscrapers, office buildings, museums, concert halls and aquariums, among others. He has also designed five post cards for the US Postal Service’s Historic Preservation series. Since 1994, he has been listed in annual editions of Who’s Who In America.
As one of the founders of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI), he has helped establish an international network of delineators throughout the US, Canada, England, Europe, Japan, Australia, Korea, and other countries. On behalf of the Society and with his co-founders, Mr. Costantino received Institute Honors from the American Institute of Architects in 1995. He was also recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from ASAI, for his many contributions to that organization, spanning more than two decades. Frank is an Honorary Member of New York’s Society of Illustrators (SI), an Honorary Life Member of the Japan Architectural Renderers Association (JARA), Tokyo, and a Fellow in the Society of Architectural and Industrial Illustrators (FSAI), Britain.
He has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Boston Architectural Center, and the Rhode Island School of Design, as well as guest-lectured at other institutions across the U.S. and overseas As a member of the Advisory Council to the School of Architecture at Lawrence Technological University in Michigan, he assisted in the development of the country’s first degree-granting program in architectural illustration.
Mr. Costantino is also a Founding Director of the American Society of Illustrators Partnership (ASIP), a consortium of national illustration groups that advocate for the collective rights, royalties and business issues for thousands of artists from varied disciplines and professional practices.
He also conducts seminars in illustration to architects at locations around the country, offering courses in architectural watercolor for all levels of experience, with workshops and field sketching programs. He is a Signature Member of the New England Watercolor Society (NEWS), and a member of the venerable Salmagundi Club of New York, as well as other regional and local associations. His fine art watercolors have been accepted into national shows, while many of his works are in private collections.
Mr. Costantino is a contributor to professional publications about the business practices of his profession, including essays on the subjects of perspective and watercolor. He continues to assist, in various capacities, in the many affairs of ASAI, including its highly acclaimed annual exhibitions, Architecture In Perspective. Mr. Costantino is regarded as one of the world’s most respected practitioners in, and vigorous proponents for, the field of architectural illustration.