Helen J. Kessler, FAIA
R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER AWARD
For Social Good
In recognition of a more than 40-year career marked by a commitment to advance the energy efficiency and sustainability threshold for projects around the Chicago region, Helen J. Kessler, FAIA, has been named the 2016 recipient of the American Institute of Architects Illinois’ R. Buckminster Fuller Honor Award for Social Good. Kessler was presented with the award on September 21st, at the AIA Chicago headquarters, located at 35 E Upper Wacker Drive in Chicago.
AIA Illinois Executive Vice President, Mike Waldinger said, “as we look around the building where we are gathered, we are reminded that Helen Kessler’s work was vital to achieve LEED Gold status for AIA Chicago’s office design, which is one of more than 3-dozen LEED Gold projects and 9 LEED Platinum projects in which she has been involved.”
For the last twelve years, Kessler taught Sustainability in Construction and Systems Thinking as part of the Master of Project Management program at Northwestern University and has given hundreds of presentations and written extensively on green building, energy efficiency and solar energy, throughout her career. In the past, Kessler served as Co-Chair for the AIA Chicago Committee on the Environment. She also chaired the City’s first Energy Code Committee.
The AIA Jury found that Kessler was an early and sustaining leader in the world of high performance design, with her dedication to the environment matched by her considerate commitment to the architecture profession. The Jury wrote of Kessler that “…generously sharing knowledge with her peers and the wider community is a career trademark.”
Helen also served as a Board member of the US Green Building Council, Illinois Chapter, whose Executive Director Brian Imus and Associate Director Katie Kaluzny, wrote in their letter of support of being “struck by Helen’s uncompromising focus for making a difference and getting it right.”
And long time colleague, Penny Hamilton Posedly, AIA, in her letter of support, spoke of Helen as a student at the University of Arizona in the 1970’s as a sustainability leader, before ‘sustainable’ was a word.
The R. Buckminster Fuller Service Honor Award was established by AIA Illinois to recognize Illinois architects involved in humanitarian, social impact or community endeavors. Fuller was renowned for pioneering solutions that reflected his commitment to improving human lives. The award is one of eight service awards presented by AIA Illinois annually as part of its Honor Awards program, which recognize people and projects epitomizing the contributions of the architecture profession and the transformative power of design.
James L. Nagle, FAIA and John F. Hartray, FAIA
For Lifetime Achievement
In recognition of their outstanding professional and academic accomplishments spanning
James L. Nagle, FAIA and John F. Hartray, Jr.,FAIA, were presented with the AIA Illinois Gold Medal Award, on September 29th, at their company headquarters, 55 West Wacker, in Chicago. The Gold Medal
Award is AIA Illinois’ highest honor, recognizing exemplary lifetime contributions
to the discipline and profession of architecture.
Many others, like Michelle Sakayan, AIA have pointed to Nagle and Hartray’s invaluable guidance and tutelage, which has shaped careers, teaching the importance of listening, patience and respect. Sakayan wrote that she was “in awe of Jim Nagle’s vision and design mastery. There was nothing more exciting that to watch him take on a unique challenge and suddenly receive a beautiful napkin sketch, solving the problem with such ease.”The AIA Illinois jury named the two, “lifetime ambassadors of the architecture profession in Chicago, having left an indelible imprint on nearly everyone in the architecture community.” The jury also wrote, “with tremendous talent, wit, candor and generous spirit, they embody the heart and soul at the center of Chicago’s architecture community. Their love of design and the profession of architecture is clear in all they do.”
Ben Weese, FAIA and Cynthia Weese, FAIA who came to meet Jim and Jack in the mid-1960s wrote, “As friends we always enjoy their lack of pretension - and they both have an amazing sense of humor! “
As Design Principal, Jim L. Nagle has received numerous design awards from AIA Chicago as well as from the National AIA and other organizations. Jim has taught, exhibited, and lectured at numerous schools of architecture including as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Illinois Institute of Technology. He was Co-Chair of the Board of Overseers at IIT, and a Board member for Archeworks.
John Hartray, is also highly regarded for his technical expertise, especially in structural systems and seismic design, as well as his thorough knowledge of the contemporary practice of architecture encompassing education, licensing, design and practice management. He has written, taught and lectured extensively on professional practice.
In 1966 Mr. Nagle was one of several civic-minded architects who saved the Glessner House and formed what is now the Chicago Architecture Foundation. He was a member of the Chicago Seven architects that held a series of exhibitions and symposia in the 1960s and 70s and also revived the Chicago Architectural Club. He has been Chairman of the National AIA Committee on Design and Chicago AIA Housing Committee as well an AIA Chicago Director; President of the Chicago School of Architecture Foundation (later CAF), the Chicago Architectural Club; Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Graham Foundation, and Design Juror and chair for many state and national programs.
Mr. Hartray has lent his expertise to many civic and professional organizations, including the Urban Land Institute and the Resource Board for the Metropolitan Planning Council. He has served on the Boards of both AIA Chicago and the National AIA and has served as juror and chair at state and national levels. In 1990, he was the Kemper Medal recipient for services to the profession, and in 2003 received a lifetime achievement award from Friends of Downtown. Jack is a former Acting Dean at the College of Architecture at IIT and Adjunct Professor as well as advisory councils for the architecture schools of Princeton and Cornell Universities.
DANIEL BURNHAM HONOR AWARD
For Master Planning
Positioning Pullman was named the recipient of the AIA Illinois 2016 Daniel Burnham Award for Master Planning, which recognizes the achievements of a project that enhances the natural and built environment of a community. The award was presented on September 22nd, at the Pullman National Monument Visitor Center - 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave in Chicago.
The Pullman landmark site was recently designated as a National Historic Monument, by the Secretary of the Interior, National Park Service. The site currently includes a Chicago neighborhood, on the site of the early town established by the Pullman Car Company, which was the setting for the evolution of industrial manufacturing and railroad transportation, the advancement of town planning, architecture and landscape architecture, and played a role in the foundation of U.S. labor law, and of African American civil liberty.
Positioning Pullman was a community-based design initiative, organized to identify opportunities for enhancing the visitor experience, while leveraging the national monument status, with the aim of advancing important community development goals to improve quality of life for residents. A collaborative vision which considers historic significance of the newly established living monument in an effort to encourage mixed use redevelopment, the plan works to create neighborhood identity, conserve landscapes and streetscapes, and provide vibrant public spaces celebrating urbanism.
According to the AIA Illinois selection jury, the project presented a “strong solution that communicates the historic significance of this ground breaking community to current and future generations.” They noted that plans calling for restoring life to the community through sensitive restoration and adaptive re-purposing of the historic structures are particularly encouraging. “ThePositioning Pullman effort would not have been possible without the time and commitment of so many design professionals from across Illinois and members of the Pullman community,” said Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill Architecture City Design Director, Richard Wilson, Associate AIA.
“Pullman National Monument is one of our nation’s iconic historic places and we are grateful to Richard Wilson and the Positioning Pullman design team for providing Chicago’s first national park a great launching platform,” said Lynn McClure, Senior Regional Director of the National Parks Conservation Association.
This strategic plan for Pullman National Monument was initiated by AIA Chicago, the National Parks Conservation Association the generous support of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, and Alphawood Foundation.
The effort was enabled through the generous support of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, and Alphawood Foundation. A volunteer team of some 40 design professionals contributed to the project including: Altus Works, Bauer Latoza Studio, Brush Architects, Christopher Burke Engineering, Farr Associates, Griskelis Young Harrell, Jacobs Market & Feasibility Advisors, Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate, McGuire Igleski Associates, Muse Community + Design, Ross Barney Architects, Sam Schwartz Engineering, Site Design Group, SmithGroup JJR, Studio Gang, and TYLin International.
The AIA Illinois Daniel Burnham Award is presented for the achievements of a project that, through master planning, design or implementation of a master plan enhances the natural and built environment of a community.
For an Organization that Lifts Up Architecture and the Profession
University of Chicago Saieh Hall
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HONOR AWARD
For New Design or Renovation
The Ann Beha Architects’ design for Saieh Hall, on the University of Chicago campus has been recognized with the AIA Illinois’ 2016 Frank Lloyd Wright Award for achievements in enhancing the natural and built environment through new design and renovation. The award was presented on October 5th at Saieh Hall, Center for Economics, on the UC campus, 1160 E. 58th Street in Chicago.
Ann M. Beha, FAIA, and Philip B. Chen, AIA LEED AP, along with their team undertook the careful planning needed to create a new collaborative academic center with pedestrian-friendly open space, redesigning the 1920’s seminary complex in a way that knit existing structures together at neighborhood scale. Completed in 2015, the project has transformed the chapel and former dormitory into office and classrooms, redefined library and attic space and opened areas below a planted terrace for ingenious adaptive uses.
The AIA Illinois jury noted that the Saieh Hall design facilitates strong community engagement providing a connection to other campus buildings, that is notable for a new university structure, many of which seem to stand alone. “This shows new thinking and breathes new life into the community, showing that the architects thought holistically beyond the building, determining how to connect it to the campus neighborhood,” wrote the AIA Illinois jury.
The now transformed campus collaborative research institute brings together staff, faculty, and students from five different academic programs - Economics, Public Policy, Business, Social Sciences, and Law, which were formerly dispersed across the University.
The first phase of the project has been awarded LEED Gold Certification, with the second phase recently attaining LEED Silver. According to Lars Peter Hansen, Rockefeller Distinguished Service Professor, the clever design mix of old and new supports the need for work and lecture space while it nurtures important spontaneous interactions between faculty, students and leading scholars who visit the University of Chicago campus from around the world.
With a design that works to provide students a great place to gather, conserving natural landscape and open greenspace, the project is one of many distinguished accomplishments of Ann Beha, whose list of awards and accolades for her expansive portfolio of civic, arts and campus buildings stretches across this continent and beyond. In that light, Saieh Hall is an ingenious rethinking that pays tribute to the architectural character of University of Chicago’s deep historic legacy, while it echoes Beha’s ethos of ‘projects that prove that history and contemporary expression are a dynamic coalition.’
Firms and individuals contributing to the project Include the following:
Ann Beha Architects: Philip Chen, AIA, LEED AP, Kathleen Gerner AIA, LEED AP; Edward Rice, AIA, LEED AP: Joshua Lacasse, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Nealia Giarratani, LEED AP BD+C; Ian Miller, AIA; in addition to: University of Chicago: Larry Blouin; Gensler: David Broz, AIA, LEED AP; Turner Construction: Nicholas Canellis; Thornton Tomasetti : William Bast, P.E., S.E., SECB; dbHMS: Sachin Anand, P.E., LEED AP BD+C,; OLIN: Dennis McGlade, RLA, FASLA; Terra Engineering: Danielle Kowalewski; Schuler Shook: Jim Baney, IALD, IES, LC, LEED AP; Kirkegaard Associates: Anthony Shou,; Shen Milsom & Wilke: Randy Tritz; Burnham/The Code Group: Christopher Chwedyk; Building Conservation Associates: Dorothy Krotzer; CCS International: Marvin Fitzwater; OTTO: Melissa LeBoeuf; Tom Rossiter Photography: Tom Rossiter, FAIA; Leslie Schwartz Photography: Leslie Schwartz.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Honor Award is one of five design awards presented by AIA Illinois as part of its annual Honor Awards program.
Gems World Academy School
MIES VAN DER ROHE CITATION OF MERIT
The innovative bKL Architecture LLC design of GEMS World Academy Lower School was recognized with the AIA Illinois’ Mies van der Rohe Honor Award on October 6th, at the GEMS school auditorium, 350 E. South Water Street in Chicago.
Located in a downtown neighborhood, characterized by offices, hotels and high-rise office buildings, the school is the first of a two-building campus that supports the Lakeshore East urban center. The 83,000 SF GEMS World Academy Lower School design accomplishes the amazing task of stacking 10 floors of warm, inviting state-of-the-art learning spaces into an efficient footprint of 9,500 square feet.
The AIA Illinois jury wrote of this admirable project, “the design showed real creativity by inserting a complex educational facility in a dense urban context that required a vertical rather than the typical horizontal solution. The façade brings a playful expression of its internal education program to the community’s attention.”
Features of the project that earned AIA notice include the principle of ‘design on a human scale’ seen in areas like the cafeteria and adjacent terrace, which provide a vibrant indoor/outdoor hub aligning with the neighborhood’s pedestrian plaza, maximizing exposure to natural light and lakefront vistas.
The GEMS school design, by bKL Architecture team lead by Thomas Kerwin, FAIA, Principal in Charge; Lynne Sorkin, AIA, Project Director; Michael Karlovitz, AIA, Design Director; and Carl Moskus, AIA, Technical Director succeeds in both complimenting and reinforcing the educational mission with purpose-built spaces that enhance learning.
AIA Illinois’ Mies van der Rohe Certificate of Merit recognition is for innovation in overall concept design or detail. It is one of five design awards presented by AIA Illinois as part of its annual Honor Awards program.
In addition to bKL Architecture, individuals and firms that also contributed to the project include the following:
GEMS Americas, Inc.: Fritz Morris;
Arcadis: John Lupinos ;
Halvorson and Partners: Gregory Lakota;
WMA Consulting Engineers: Deirdre McDaniel;
Mackie Consultants: David Shindoll;
Wolff Landscape Architecture: Ted Wolff;
Shen Milsom & Wilke: Randy Tritz;
Arciluce International Inc.: Richard Kosheluk; Power Construction Company: Bob Van Deven
wer Construction Company: Bob Van Deven
Illinois' Top Design Award for 2016
The Louis Sullivan Award, AIA
Illinois’ highest design honor, was presented for the design of the Harper
Court office, residential and retail development, designed by Hartshorne
Plunkard Architecture. The presentation was held on October 27, at the Harper Court public plaza farmers market, in Chicago’s Hyde Park.
What was once a city-owned parking lot
and an outdated 1960’s open-air retail and commercial center, is now the
three-acre site of the new Harper Court development, east of the University of
Chicago, directly across from a commuter rail, bus lines and a bike station.
The development was designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture to enhance
life in Hyde Park by promoting sustained economic opportunities and offering
neighborhood residents greater choices to procure goods and services locally.
Construction began in Fall 2011 and
the complex opened in Fall 2013. Lined with outdoor seating, attractive
lighting and landscaping, this plaza-like public space supports outdoor dining
and gathering, and can be closed to traffic for community events, such as
farmers markets and street fairs.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “This
partnership is a great example of innovation in design and development that
brings residents closer to jobs while promoting the growth of the Hyde Park
neighborhood. Harper Court will bolster local economic activity, and with the
commitment to sustainable standards, this development will serve as an
important model for Chicago.”
In addition to the Hartshorne Plunkard
Architecture team led by Sophie Bidek, AIA, project contributors include: Chris
Dillion, LEED AP of Vermillion Development; Bob Soldan of McHugh Construction;
Mark Blazis, PE of Henneman Engineering; and Ralph Calistro of CS Associates,
The Louis Sullivan Honor is the top
annual design award presented by AIA Illinois, recognizing the outstanding
contributions of people and projects epitomizing the highest achievement in the
architecture profession, the power of design, and true dedication to service
and excellence. AIA Illinois design awards are juried by a panel of nationally
known architects measuring each project’s success in advancing 10 important
principles for liveable communities.
Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
The Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture
renovation project to transform and modernize the late 19th century Chicago
Athletic Association Hotel at
12 S. Michigan Avenue was honored with the AIA
Illinois Crombie Taylor Award for Preservation on October 27.
The home of the former Chicago
Athletic Association stands as a historic landmark along Chicago’s Michigan
Avenue iconic streetwall, boasting commanding views of the Lake and Millennium
Park, a short walk from commuter rail, bus lines and bike stations. Designed by
Henry Ives Cobb circa 1893 in the Venetian Gothic style, the 11-story building
originally housed the City’s most celebrated private athletic and social club,
founded by leading figures in the American sport and athletic community.
Throughout its 122-year history, the
Chicago Athletic Association building had undergone various additions, resulting
in an evolution of architectural styles. By 2007, the outdated, former
athletic club had fallen out of use and was threatened with demolition.
The once glorious building was cited by the National Trust for Historic
Preservation as one of the nation’s 11 Most Endangered historic places in 2008.
The AIA Illinois Jury noted Hartshorne
Plunkard’s strong adaptive reuse solution respects the club’s social history,
ensuring that improvements are consistent with the original character of the
building, and resulting in a “particularly impressive” and sensitive
The Crombie Taylor Preservation Award
is one of five design awards presented by AIA Illinois as part of its annual
Honor Awards program, which recognizes people and projects epitomizing the
contributions of the architecture profession, the transformative power of
design, and the dedication of individuals to service and excellence.
Charles Crombie Taylor, FAIA, was an architect and professor who designed the social
center for the Chicago Hull House Association and whose legacy furthered the
promotion of historic preservation through movies, articles and a volume titled
Crombie Taylor: Modern Architecture, Building Restoration and the
Re-Discovery of Louis Sullivan.
Marc Teer, AIA
JOHN WELLBORN ROOT HONOR AWARD
For Emerging Professionals
The AIA IL 2016 John Wellborn Root Award for Emerging Professionals was presented to Marc Teer, AIA, CEO of Black Spectacles, on October 20, at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. Teer is a professional architect and founder of the online learning platform that is helping young architects across the country prepare for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) with new media and innovative design software.
Teer has served as the chair of the AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum.
During his tenure, he received a Presidential Citation for conceiving and leading an international design competition for young architects to redesign the AIA Chicago office. He also worked to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit of Chicago’s young architects through a series of workshops titled “Starting Your Own Design Firm,” and developed monthly traveling ARE review sessions aimed at exposing Chicago’s network of young professionals pursuing architectural licensure.
“Marc Teer’s non-traditional career path in architecture has led to several important outcomes for the broader architecture community. His creative approach to educating the profession has benefited many,” wrote the AIA Illinois Jury.
Working as a licensed architect at Gensler and Legat Architecture firms, and as an instructor at Illinois Institute of Technology’s computational design forum, Teer quickly identified a lack of resources for aspiring architects to prepare for the national ARE. In addition to his many professional design contributions throughout the country, Teer has built a strong reputation for leadership as senior project architect on the AIA Chicago Design Award-Winning, Panduit Corporate Headquarters, where he mentored a team of architects through their first use of the Building Information Model digital format, and oversaw the overall design development and construction processes for a LEED Gold Building.
Illinois architects licensed for 10 years or less are eligible for the AIA Illinois John Wellborn Root Honor Award for Emerging Professionals. The service recognition is named in honor of Nineteenth Century Illinois architect, who with Daniel Burnham was one of the founders of the Chicago School style. A recipient of the AIA Gold Medal in 1958, Root was the designer of National Historic Landmarks and buildings that have been designated Chicago City landmarks and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
MIES VAN DER ROHE CITATION OF MERIT
CHARLES W. NOTHNAGEL HONOR AWARD
For Public Service
Lee Waldrep, Ph.D
NATHAN CLIFFORD RICKER HONOR AWARD
For Dedication to Architecture Education
Lee W. Waldrep, of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign was honored with the AIA Illinois 2016 Nathan Clifford Ricker Award, recognizing his dedication and talent as an architecture educator. The award was presented on October 24th at Temple Hoyne Buell Hall at UIUC.
Dr. Waldrep, who is the Administrator for Undergraduate Student Services at the University of Illinois School of Architecture, has more than 20 years of experience in higher education with an emphasis in academic affairs and career development for architecture students. Author of Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design, and creator of ARCHCareers.org, a website dedicated to introducing the profession, he also serves as the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Architectural Experience Program Architect Licensing Advisor, for UIUC.
After earning an M.A. in Architecture from Arizona State University, Waldrep served as national vice-president of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) in Washington, DC, later leading the award-winning AIA Search for Shelter program, during the late 1980s. Turning his attention to graduate student affairs, Waldrep completed his doctorate degree at The American University in counseling and student development, and has since worked in the field of higher education and student affairs for over 20 years. With his dissertation on the topic of architecture students and career development, Dr. Waldrep has committed his professional career to helping architecture students join the profession.
Dr. Waldrep has served as associate executive director of the National Architectural Accrediting Board, Associate Dean at the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and Assistant Dean at Illinois Institute of Technology, College of Architecture. Waldrep has been distinguished previously with the 2011 AIA Illinois / AIAS Educator of the Year Award, 2007 AIAS Presidential Citation, two academic advisor recognitions in 2005-2006 and the 2004 Association of Schools of Collegiate Architecture Service of Excellence Award.
This AIA Illinois award is named in honor of Nathan Clifford Ricker, who received his graduation certificate on March 12, 1873, making him the first person to receive a degree in Architecture in the United States.
Jeremy Gentile, AIAS
ILLINOIS STUDENT DESIGN AWARD