Congratulations to our 2019 Design Award Winners!

IBEW Local 134 Union Hall - Firefly Illuminated Feature Wall

Excellence in Design Award Winner: IBEW Local 134 Union Hall - Wight & Company

AIA Northeast Illinois 2019 Design Award Recipients

   The American Institute of Architects Northeast Illinois Chapter celebrated its 2019 Design Awards on October 17, 2019.  The chapter granted a total of six (6) awards at Excellence in Design and Merit in Design levels out of the forty-eight (48) entries submitted.  In addition, five (5) individuals were honored for thirty-five plus years as AIA Northeast Illinois chapter members.  AIA Illinois presented Mr. John Ochoa, AIA with the Gold Medal Award which is the highest honor for lifetime service by an AIA member.  John has been a member of AIA Northeast Illinois for over thirty-five (35) years.  The association’s biennial “Design Awards Gala” event was held at the Morton Arboretum in the Visitor Center’s Gingko Room, designed by David Woodhouse, FAIA, who was also a member of the jury.  The Morton Arboretum Visitor Center was named to the AIA Illinois 150 Great Places list in 2007.  Members and guests were engaged in a keynote presentation, “Future Cities”, by Carol Ross Barney, FAIA.

    Entries were submitted in the following categories: Architectural Expression, Residential Architecture, Divine Detail, Interior Architecture, Preservation / Adaptive Reuse, Sustainable Design, Distinguished Project < $500,000, Distinguished Building < $5 million, Distinguished Building >$5 million. The highly acclaimed jury was led by Carol Ross Barney, FAIA and also included: David Brininstool, AIA (Principal, Brininstool + Lynch), Margaret McCurry, FAIA (Principal, Tigerman McCurry), Patricia Saldaña-Natke, FAIA (Principal, Urban Works), Ann Thompson, AIA (Senior Vice President, Related Midwest), and David Woodhouse, FAIA (Principal, Woodhouse Tinucci Architects).  The six awards bestowed were:

Merit in Design, Residential Architecture

Kulas Residence, Winnetka, Illinois

Architect: Michael Abraham Architecture

Merit in Design, Divine Detail

IBEW Local 134 Union Hall, Chicago, Illinois

Firefly Illuminated Feature Wall

Architect: Wight & Company

Merit in Design, Interior Architecture

DeNeveu Lake Residence, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Architect: Michael Abraham Architecture

Interior Design: Michael Del Piero Good Design

Merit in Design, Preservation / Adaptive Reuse

County Line Zook, Hinsdale, Illinois

Preservation Architect: Michael Abraham Architecture

Original Architect: R. Harold Zook

Merit in Design, Sustainable Design

College of Lake County Science and Engineering Building, Grayslake, Illinois

Architect: Legat Architects

Excellence in Design, Distinguished Building over $5 million

IBEW Local 134 Union Hall, Chicago, Illinois

Architect: Wight & Company

Thank you to all our sponsors for helping to make this a memorable event! We want to offer a special appreciation to V/S America for as the marquis Design Awards Gala Sponsor.  We also want to thank USI Insurance Services for sponsoring the jury, AIA Illinois for sponsoring the Social Reception and Gold Medal Award and Gill Reprographics and FGM Archietcts for sponoring our program book printing and design.  

AIA Northeast Illinois also wanted to thank everyone who submitted work and everyone who attended the 2019 Design Awards. We appreciate your support and hope to see you in 2020 at the Architects in Action Awards!  

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IBEW Local 134 Union Hall - Firefly Illuminated Feature Wall

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