March 21, 2008 — Chad Keller, multimedia designer at the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, last month won the Award of Excellence from the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (www.asai.org). Keller received this honor for his work in creating a 3D computer model illustrating the late 18th-century phase of the Douglass Theater in Williamsburg, Va.
The theater was torn down by 1780 and was reconstructed digitally by a team of archaeologists, architectural historians and 3D modelers from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and IATH. The project was supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Keller's computer model will be featured in the ASAI's 23rd annual "Architecture in Perspective" exhibition, which will tour the United States in 2008-9. For images and a video clip showing Keller's work, see "Virtual Williamsburg" under "Projects" at http://graphics.iath.virginia.edu/.