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2019 AIA Illinois Honor Awards

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. 

AWARD CATEGORIES
DESIGN
DANIEL BURNHAM AWARD

 Master planning or implementation of a master plan

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT AWARD

For the greatest impact made by new design or renovation of one individual building

MIES VAN DER ROHE AWARD

For innovation in overall concept design or detail

CROMBIE TAYLOR AWARD PRESERVATION

For preservation and restoration

LOUIS SULLIVAN AWARD

Submissions Are Not Accepted for this award, the highest state honor, a transformational project

selected from all other categories

A winner will be chosen by the jury from all design submissions

SERVICE
GOLD MEDAL AWARD

The highest honor for outstanding lifetime service by an AIA member

NATHAN CLIFFORD RICKER AWARD

 For Illinois architecture educators

CHARLES W. NOTHNAGEL AWARD

 For Illinois architects involved in public service

R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER AWARD

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

JOHN WELLBORN ROOT AWARD

For Illinois emerging professional architects licensed under 10 years

ALAN MADISON AWARD

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

RICHARD NICKEL AWARD

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

JOHN WELLBORN ROOT AWARD

Submissions Not Accepted for the AIA Illinois President’s choice of a group,

institution, or organization who lifts up architecture andthe profession. Design firms are not eligible.

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. 

The Juries
A jury of three esteemed architecture colleagues from throughout the county, appointed by the AIA Illinois President will review the nominations for Design Awards. Service Award honorees will be selected by the current board of directors. The AIA Illinois President serves as an ex-officio member of both juries and decisions of the juries are final. Nominations that are unsuccessful each year will be carried forward one year to be reviewed by a subsequent jury. An updated submission will be considered “new” and incur a fee.

Eligibility

  • All licensed architects or architectural interns across the world may submit their ILLINOIS project or person. All award winners will be licensed architects or architectural interns, except recipients of the Richard Nickel and President’s Awards.

  • All projects must have been completed inside the state of Illinois within the last five years. 

  • Nominations may be submitted without the knowledge of the nominee.

  • You may nominate yourself or your project.

  • Design entries will be blinded for the jury and you should not include identifying information in the text or images you provide outside of the Contact Form.

  • Design nominations must demonstrate evidence of one or more of the AIA Ten Principles For Livable Communities.

Please contact the AIA Illinois office with questions at 217.522.2309 X3 or email myoung@aiail.org.

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