A Celebration of Better Illinois Communities by Design

The AIA Illinois Honor Awards recognize people and projects epitomizing the contributions of the architecture profession, the transformative power of design, and the dedication of individuals to service and excellence. All award winners have positively impacted citizens throughout the state of Illinois by helping create communities in which people are drawn to live and work, and to live healthier and happier. 

Gold Medal for Outstanding Lifetime Service
John Ochoa, AIA
2019: John Ochoa, AIA

ALONG WITH HIS UNDENIABLE SUPPORT of the profession, John has always been an absolute joy to work with. He is a true team player, and always manages to foster positive discussions and bring the best out of other employees. He is well-liked by peers, partners and clients, so you can easily understand why I am so positive about this recommendation of John. I heartily endorse his candidacy for the AIA Illinois Gold Medal Award with confidence and enthusiasm. - John Dzarnowski, AIA

UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP, FGM has been an award-winning firm and grown to include offices in Illinois, Missouri, Texas and Wisconsin. He has a reputation for principled leadership and has mentored many architects and AIA Northeast Illinois leaders over his career. - Terence A. Moeller, AIA, 2019 President, AIA Illinois

2018    Linda Searl, FAIA

2017    Gaines Hall, FAIA

2016    James L. Nagle, FAIA and John F. Hartray, FAIA
2015    Carol Ross Barney, FAIA
2014    R. Thomas Jaeger, AIA
2012    Gary W. Anderson, AIA
2010    Donald J. Hackl, FAIA
2009    Walter J. Hainsfurther, III, FAIA
2008    Stanley Tigerman, FAIA
2007    Louis J. Garapolo, FAIA
2006    John M. Syvertsen, FAIA

Richard Nickel Award for Non-Architects
Mike Waldinger, Hon. AIA
2019: Mike Waldinger, Hon. AIA

IT IS VERY HARD TO SUMMARIZE how much AIA Illinois has improved due to Mike's service, but I can think of few whose efforts have done as much to raise the prestige and stature of AIA Illinois and its members. Nor can I think of anyone more deserving of the 2019 Richard Nickel Award, for non-architect citizens, who lift up architects and the profession. - Terence A. Moeller, AIA, 2019 President, AIA Illinois 

2018    Lynn Osmond, Hon. AIA

2017    Corda Murphy

2014    Ida "Pinky" Noll
2012    Gianfranco Grande
2009    Shirley J. Anderson, Hon. AIA

Charles W. Nothnagel Award for Public Service
Scott Nacheman, AIA
2019: Scott Nacheman, AIA

DURING MR. NACHEMANN'S CAREER, he has served as the lead investigator of the 2011 Indiana State Fair collapse incident as well as co-manager for the $208 million Smithfield, Cudahy, Wisconsin fire loss. Mr. Nacheman responded to the 9-11 attacks, in addition to large commercial building failure following Hurricane Katrina, Ike, Irma, Mria, CAT90/Sandy, the Christchurch, NZ earthquakes, the Joplin Tornado, and many other loss events. In addition, he has investigated damage and performed remedial design services for iconic structures such as the Chrysler Building, the Wrigley Building, and the Empire State Building. 

2017    Jim Law, FAIA

2016    Holly Gerberding, FAIA
2015    Michael A. Dixon, FAIA
2014    Gracia Maria Shiffrin, AIA
2012    Mike Jackson, FAIA
2010    Martin A. Alblinger, AIA
2009    Edward K. Uhlir, FAIA
2008    Paul W. O'Shea, FAIA
2007    Enrique Unanue, Illinois Department of Public Health
2006    Michael Rogers, AIA

R. Buckminster Fuller Award for Social Good
2019: Bryan Hudson, AIA
Bryan Hudson, AIA

BRYAN just completed his term as NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF NOMA last year, but he has served in many capacities within NOMA over the last 30 years. Through NOMA, Bryan has helped shape programs such a Project Pipeline, which brings architecture to diverse and underrepresented groups of middle and high school students all over the country. He has also helped continue the annual NOMA national conference which provides minority architects with opportunities for networking, recognition, and knowledge-sharing. It also includes a student design competition showcasing talent from a diverse cross section of universities across the nation. Bryan's work to continue the NOMA legacy is important not just for minority architects, but for all architects as the profession works to combat the lack of diversity found within. 

2017   Lamar Johnson, FAIA

2016    Helen J. Kessler    
2015    Nora Ames & Katie Soven   
2014    Philip J. Enquist, FAIA
2013    Charles R. Newman, AIA    
2012    Katherine Darnstadt, AIA
2010    Jon Daniel Davey, AIA     
2009    Kevin K. Pierce, AIA    
2008    Douglas Milburn, Assoc. AIA    
2007    Martha A. Bell, AIA    
2006    Peter Lind, AIA    

John Wellborn Root for Emerging Professionals
2019: Damon Wilson, AIA
Damon Wilson, AIA

DAMON WILSON, AIA, HAS ALREADY ESTABLISHED himself as a thought leader and innovator within the educational design community. Through constant dedication, inquisition, and creativity, Damon exemplifies what it means to achieve success in education environmental design. Above all, he brings an enthusiasm for architecture that deliberately teaches and informs everyone. 

"I believe that good education architecture is a human endeavor that is forward-thinking, recognizes ecological consequences, and realizes the social impact of design for students of all ages."

- Damon Wilson, AIA

2016    Marc Teer, AIA

2015    Alexander P. Block, AIA
2014    Adam Lund, AIA
2013    April Hughes, AIA
2012    Jack Schroeder, AIA
2010    Brian J. Vitale, AIA
2009    Julianne Scherer, AIA
2008    Jeff Huck, AIA
2007    Mark J Ladd, AIA
2006    Lilija B. Gelazis, AIA

Nathan Clifford Ricker Award for Architecture Education
Linda Nelson Keane, AIA
2019: Linda Nelson Keane, AIA

LINDA IS AN EXEMPLARY LEADER  in the field of architectural design education, influencing the field of Interior Architecture at the college and graduate levels, and developing groundbreaking digitally-delivered design and environmental education for the K-12 community. Her dedication to communicating the essential role design holds in society, illustrating the importance of enriching the lives of young people by making them aware of their environment is inspiring. - Anne T. Sullivan, FAIA

2017    Dan Wheeler, FAIA

2014    Mark Taylor, Assoc. AIA
2013    Al Rusch, AIA
2010    Jack A. Kremers, AIA
2009    Michael Andrejasich, AIA
2008    Constantine D. Vasilios,  AIA
2007    Robert I. Selby, FAIA
2006    Anne Sullivan, AIA

Alan Madison Award for Diversity Work
Danielle Tillman, AIA
2019: Danielle Tillman, AIA

PROVIDING THOUGHTFUL ARCHITECTURE for all is Danielle's professional goal; creating, and advocating for diversity is Danielle's life goal. Always seeking ways to grow professionally, Danielle is involved with professional organizations that promote gender and ethnic diversity throughout the built environment, including: the National Organization of Minority Architects, Chicago Women in Architecture and CREW. Danielle's personal values guide her to strive for professional excellence while also ensuring that the next generation of young leader can excel. 

2017    Walter D. Street III, AIA

2016    Oswaldo Ortega, AIA
2014    Eben C. Smith, AIA, NCARB, NOMA, RRO
2013    Aurelien Tsemo, AIA
2012    Kenneth E. Casey, AIA

President's Award
The Bradley House
2019: Wright in Kankakee: The Bradley House

"WRIGHT IN KANKAKEE has rescued, restored and provided public access to the B Harlan Bradley house, one Of Wright’s early (if not the first) Prairie School designs.

Through their efforts and outreach, the house is listed as a stop on the Illinois Frank Lloyd Wright trail and draws visitors from around the world to Kankakee. In addition, they conduct hands-on educational sessions for primary education students. Their impressive grassroots efforts help lift up architecture, the profession and their community." - Terence Moeller, AIA, 2019 President, AIA Illinois

2018    Landmarks Illinois

2017    PechaKucha Chicago

2016    AEC Cares
2015    National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
2013    archi-treasures
2012    Public Building Commission of Chicago
2010    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP's Chicago office
2009    Environmental Law and Policy Center
2007    Healthy Schools Campaign by the Illinois State Board of Education
2006    Illinois Historic Preservation Agency

2004    Kevin Sido, Esq.
2003    Illinois Building Research Council
2002    Mayor Karen Hasara, City of Springfield
2001    Corda Murphy, AIA Northeast Executive Director
2000    Albert W. Voirin, AVA Insurance Agency
1998    Newhouse Architecture Competition, Chicago Architecture Foundation
1997    Attorney General Jim Ryan
1996    Lawrence Kirkegaard, Hon. AIA
1995    Alice Sinkevitch, Hon. AIA
1994    Illinois Historic Preservation Agency   
1992    James Nowacki, Esq.
1991    Graham Foundation
1990    Chicago Architecture Foundation
1989    Landmarks Preservation Council
1988    Women's Architectural League
1987    Gary J. Skoien
1986    Shirley Norvell, Hon. AIA
1985    Museum of Science & Industry
1984    Chicago Architectural Assistance Center