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2013 Lecture : David Csont

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David Csont

The College of Architecture will be hosting a lecture on Wednesday, April 24, at 10:30 am in College of Architecture Gallery.


David is a nationally recognized illustrator and educator with over twenty years of experience in the visualization of architecture. A key member of the UDA design team, David’s unique talents include the ability to translate urban design and architectural concepts into three-dimensional perspective drawings in a variety of traditional and digital media. These images become an integral part of the marketing program for each project because they can easily communicate complex ideas to a varied audience. His ability to combine a fine art sensibility with the illustration of architecture has resulted in a painterly style that is characterized by strong bold color and dynamic composition. As a member of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI), David’s work has been recognized in the juried exhibition, Architecture in Perspective, in 1989, 1996, 1998, and 2005 through 2013. He served as President of ASAI in 2007, and organized the AIP 22 Exhibition and Conference in Pittsburgh. In 2012, He was awarded the best informal Sketch category award from ASAI.

David is also a skilled and experienced plein air painter. He has competed in the Plein Air Easton Festival in 2010 through 2013, winning an Honorable mention award. In 2012 David created and managed Plein Air Mt Lebanon: a seven-day plein air painting and arts festival in Mt Lebanon Pennsylvania.

His work also remains in many private and public collections. He has conducted many seminars and lectures and is committed to the exploration of art and illustration as a means to effectively communicate design ideas. David’s architectural illustrations are highlighted in The Urban Design Handbook and The Architectural Pattern Book, both by Urban Design Associates and published by W. W. Norton Company.

David is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the State University College of Buffalo with degrees in design and art history. In 1995, David completed his Master of Fine Arts Degree with honors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. David has served as an adjunct professor specializing in illustration and design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky University. He is actively involved in guest lecturing and teaching and has conducted education programs at The University of Notre Dame, Hampton University and the Carnegie Mellon Institute. of Colorado.