Architectural Illustration

American Invsco – Delaware Place – Chicago, Illinois

American Invsco – Delaware Place – Chicago, Illinois

OBJECTIVE A leading US condominium developer, American Invsco, required a marketing map and new condo building illustration of a new development in Chicago called Delaware Place. SOLUTION Randal Birkey created a street level detail map of the neighborhood around the...

55 W. Wacker Drive Architectural Illustration

55 W. Wacker Drive Architectural Illustration

The Customer's Need The office of the building at 55 West Wacker Dr. in Chicago, Illinois required an illustration of their building for use on printed note cards in order to extend the branding and image of their building property. Randal's Solution Randal Birkey...

Deep Tunnel Project Entrance Rendering

Deep Tunnel Project Entrance Rendering

Randal Birkey was contracted by an architect to prepare a rendering of a proposed entrance structure design near a Chicago "Deep Tunnel Project" location. Randal went on-site and took reference photos. He then inserted the architect's entrance design--based upon scale...

John Franke House Illustration – Ft. Wayne, Indiana

John Franke House Illustration – Ft. Wayne, Indiana

Francis Barry Byrne designed this home in the Prairie School style of architectural design for John B. Franke of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Randal did this line illustration of the home-based upon a visit to the site in the early 1980's.

Corinthian Column Diagram

Corinthian Column Diagram

Randal Birkey created this line drawing of a Corinthian-style Greek column, as a diagram for a book on architecture. The original was done by hand with Rapidograph ink pens on drafting mylar film using architectural drafting techniques.

Citibank Center Bank Entrance

Citibank Center Bank Entrance

Randal Birkey was commissioned to render an updated design for the Citibank branch location in Oakbrook, Illinois. The perspective view below was developed from architectural blueprints using 3D modeling software on an Apple Macintosh computer. The perspective view...

Fulton House, Chicago Illinois

Fulton House, Chicago Illinois

In the 1980's, a cold-storage building located on the Chicago River across from the Apparel Center was converted into condominiums. The project was called Fulton House. This view of the project is from the southeast, at 333 W. Wacker Dr., where Headstand Media is...

Chicago Bears Stadium Rendered Elevation

Chicago Bears Stadium Rendered Elevation

In the 1980's, Randal Birkey was commissioned to assist in the production of large 40" x 60" presentation boards of a proposed architectural design for a new Chicago Bears stadium competition. The architect and engineering design team were able to export their CAD...

Dearborn Street Mansion, Chicago, Illinois

Dearborn Street Mansion, Chicago, Illinois

This is a watercolor architectural illustration of a renovation project on N. Dearborn Street in Chicago. It was commissioned early in the 1980s as Randal was starting his freelance illustration career. A real estate developer was rehabbing this mansion into a...

Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago, Illinois

I have a friend named Linda VanderWeele, who did a lot of graphic design in the 1980s for various Chicago area firms. One of her clients was the Chicago Board of Trade. They commissioned her to design a coffee table piece on the architectural history and interest of...

111 N. Canal, Chicago, Illinois

111 N. Canal, Chicago, Illinois

I did this pen and ink illustration of the 111 N. Canal Building in 1994 as it was slated to be renovated. The image was to be used as a sort of "icon" for the project. Today, I park my motorcycle in front of this building on some of the days I ride it downtown to...

Frank Thomas House, Oak Park, Illinois

Frank Thomas House, Oak Park, Illinois

Deb and I got married in 1980, and settled in Oak Park quite by chance. We really did not know much about the community and its history at the time. In those early years, we discovered the Frank Lloyd Wright connection and became fascinated by his designs. This is a...