2021 AIA Illinois Honor Awards

A Celebration of Better Illinois Communities by Design

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Deadline: Friday, May 28, 2021 | 5 p.m. (CST)

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. 

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Click HERE to view the 2020 AIA Illinois Honor Award winners. 

2021 AWARD CATEGORIES
THE PRESIDENT'S AWARD

Submissions not accepted. The AIA Illinois President’s choice of a group, institution, or organization who lifts up architecture and the profession. Design firms are not awarded.

DESIGN AWARDS
THE CAPITOL AWARD

Submissions not accepted. The highest state honor given for a transformational project - one designed for the human experience that works towards cultural transformation - and will be selected from all submissions, chosen directly by the jury. You need not submit for this individual category.

FOR EXCELLENCE IN MASTER PLANNING

For master planning or implementation of a master plan

FOR GREATEST IMPACT

For new design or renovation of an individual building
- Award for Project Construction Value Below $5M
- Award for Project Construction Value $5M and above

FOR EXCELLENCE IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION

For historic preservation and restoration of a building
- Award for Project Construction Value Below $5M
- Award for Project Construction Value $5M and above

FOR EXCELLENCE IN INTERIORS

For innovation in architecture and unique design ideas
- Award for Project under 5,000 SF
- Award for Project 5,000 SF and over

FOR DESIGN EXCELLENCE IN HIGH-PERFORMANCE BUILDINGS

For recognition for buildings that exceed code-minimum energy performance and do not burn fossil fuels, in the following categories: All-Electric Buildings, PHIUS Certified Buildings, and Net Zero Energy Buildings.

-Award for Project under 5,000 SF

-Award for Project 5,000 SF and over

A separate jury will review submissions in this category.

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MEMBER SERVICE AWARDS
GOLD MEDAL AWARD

The highest honor for outstanding lifetime service by an AIA member

ALAN MADISON AWARD

For Illinois minority architects or architectural interns who demonstrate leadership and who promote diversity within the profession

CHARLES W. NOTHNAGEL AWARD

For Illinois architects involved in public service

JOHN WELLBORN ROOT AWARD

For Illinois emerging professional architects licensed under 10 years

NATHAN CLIFFORD RICKER AWARD

For Illinois architecture educators

RICHARD NICKEL AWARD

For (non-architect) citizens who lift up architecture and the profession

R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER AWARD

For Illinois architects involved in humanitarian, social impact or community endeavors

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