Creating a Firm-wide Architectural Photo Library at AS+GG

Creating a Firm-wide Architectural Photo Library at AS+GG
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

Architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill (AS+GG) knew they needed a better approach to managing images. When creating reports, proposals and publications, their personnel had been spending too much valuable time manually searching for images. The firm’s collection of digital images was scattered across various machines with little or no categorization. Users were often forced to manually open and inspect hundreds of large files, one by one, just to find a single required image.


The partners knew they had to have a system that would enable them to find and utilize the right imagery. They needed a solution which would meet their needs today – and in 10 years’ time. I was working in the marketing department and knew personally how frustrating it was, just trying to find the correct imagery. So I was given the task of finding the best possible solution for our needs.

It was instantly clear that OpenAsset had been developed for the needs of architects, and matched all of our requirements.


It’s so simple. I was quickly able to upload images on my own. Playing around with the system was kind of fun! Axomic have all kinds of training tools, including videos, manuals and online demos, which make OpenAsset so easy to understand.

The Axomic team have been very helpful and enjoyable to work with. I feel like everyone knows my name, and it’s nice to feel like I’m not a number. Having that connection with someone that actually knows you and is so willing to help is very refreshing.


The partners’ time is valuable, so they need to be able to look at a large number of images quickly. OpenAsset allows us to instantly insert resized images into PowerPoint, saving us a huge amount of time.

Recently, one of our architects came to me and wanted our best computerrendered images of lobbies. I was able to bring up all 1500 available renderings in OpenAsset and quickly scan through them, adding only the best images into a new ‘Lobbies’ album. I was then able to share this album of around 200 images with the architect. This took me 15 minutes with OpenAsset – previously it would have taken days. I could go on and on with similar examples of how OpenAsset helps us.


A better, scalable way to find & use photographic resources

Frees up server space by eliminating image duplication

A trusted photo management tool for AEC firm


Katherine Smith


About Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

AS+GG was founded in 2006 by partners Adrian Smith, Gordon Gill and Robert Forest. Today there are around 100 employees in offices in Chicago and Dubai. The practice is dedicated to the design of high-performance, energy-efficient and sustainable architecture on an international scale. The firm approaches each project, regardless of size or scale, with an understanding that architecture has a unique power to influence civic life. AS+GG collaborate with the world’s leading experts – scientists, artists, sociologists, philosophers and thinkers – striving to expand their perspective and generate new discoveries and insights into the world of design. They prize innovation and experimentation and do not limit themselves to obvious solutions. They build on past experience and knowledge to move forward and develop new methods and technologies.

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