Honor Awards: DESIGN
The AIA Illinois Honor Awards program is the only awards competition in the nation to focus on projects and people that closely adhere to the AIA’s Principles of Livable Communities.
THE CAPITOL AWARD The highest state honor given for a transformational project - one designed for the human experience that works towards cultural transformation
2021: Tierra Linda
Located along the 606 Trail in Chicago, Tierra Linda represents LUCHA’s commitment to sustainable and affordable housing. Tierra Linda provides 45 affordable apartments in the rapidly gentrifying Humboldt Park and Logan Square neighborhoods. The project has pioneered the first multi-family Passive House residence constructed in Chicago.
FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIGH-PERFORMANCE BUILDINGS For Projects 5,000 SF & Over
2021: Rolling Knolls
The firm, along with Conservation Design Forum (now ECT), worked with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County to master plan the redevelopment of a former private golf course into a new forest preserve site to include fresh, publicly accessible outdoor programming (disc golf, archery, sledding, nature trails, etc.). As part of this masterplan, the former golf course clubhouse and restaurant was converted into a new all-electric welcoming and way-finding center for the site.
FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIGH-PERFORMANCE BUILDINGS For Projects Under 5,000 SF
2021: Carroll Center Renovation Addition
The Park District of Oak Park is a leading proponent of environmentalism in the community. For this addition and renovation project, pursuing PHIUS Source Zero fulfilled their ecological mission while qualifying for an ICECF Zero Energy Building Grant. Design began in the Fall of 2018, and construction began in July 2019, with completion a few months into the pandemic, June 2020. Phius Source Zero Certification was achieved in March 2021.
GREATEST IMPACT AWARD Project Construction Value $5 Million and Above
2021: CTA Garfield Gateway Station
The Garfield Elevated Station, one of the oldest stations in the country, was built in 1892 to serve the World's Columbian Exposition. The stop includes two station houses - one non-active (original/historic), and one active. This renovation project creates a new iconic gateway to the Washington Park community in Chicago's south side with the restoration and re-purposing of the historic station house as a community-based arts facility, and major renovation of the active station to benefit 475,000 riders, bicyclists and pedestrians while supporting the ongoing revitalization of the community.
GREATEST IMPACT AWARD Project Construction Value Below $5 Million
2021: Whitney M. Young, Jr. Branch Library
Located in the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Branch Library held prominence as a library and local community center, but wasn't an efficient space. The team approached the project with the goals of preserving this existing urban center, adding to it, and fostering a welcoming environment for community engagement. They worked to cater to the neighborhood’s identity and respond to the community’s requests to revitalize the library.
EXCELLENCE IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARD Project Construction Value Below $5 Million
2021: Fire Restoration of 1890's Orland P. Bassett House
The afternoon of April 11, 2018 the 119 year old historic Orland P. Bassett house caught ablaze. In a town with historic tear-downs happening all too often, the owners made the decision to restore the home that has been a cornerstone of the neighborhood for decades. Contractors were assembled and the remaining intact details of the home were documented, removed and preserved. Fireplace mantels, trim details, paneling doors/ windows, etc. were stored for later reuse. The home was taken down to the studs and rebuilt from the inside out.
EXCELLENCE IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARD Project Construction Value $5 Million and Above
2021: Cook County Hospital
A design-build collaboration carefully preserved, restored, and adapted the former hospital building to meet the changing needs of the neighborhood with a new hotel, food hall, offices and community spaces. The design team took advantage of the building's relatively thin footprint to configure 210 hotel rooms filled with natural light. Some of the more unusual spaces within the former hospital, including lofty operating rooms, were transformed into distinctive guest rooms. More than 4,500 pieces of terra cotta on the facade were replaced and inside, the lobby was restored to its original height of 25 feet. The first of several phases of redevelopment, the restored Cook County Hospital building is once again a keystone for a vibrant, mixed-use Illinois Medical District and provides much-needed amenities to support medical workers, patients, and their families.
EXCELLENCE IN MASTER PLANNING AWARD
2021: Twin Embraces: An Integrated and Community-Focused Approach for the Obama Presidential Center
Twin Embraces draws historic Washington Park and its adjacent, underserved neighborhood together in a dynamic synthesis of urban planning around the future Obama Presidential Center. It aims to demonstrate how strategic site selection and a more inclusive planning approach can benefit all participants: the surrounding community, the University of Chicago, the Obama Foundation, the natural and built environments of the South Side, and the socioeconomic advancement of the city at-large.
Current plans for the Obama Presidential Center, regrettably situated within Olmsted’s historic Jackson Park, inflict profound damage on the park and surrounding neighborhoods. In the spirit of the 44th President’s community organizing, Twin Embraces reveals the virtually limitless potential of the alternate site, boasting broad community backing, extraordinary opportunities to improve mass transit, greater potential for economic growth, and far fewer practical limitations. Ultimately, the combination of inherent potential, historic synergies, strategic planning, respect, and a bolder architectural presence can yield an Obama Presidential Center that becomes an essential - and perpetual - contributor to the renewed vitality of the South Side.
EXCELLENCE IN INTERIORS AWARD For Projects 5,000 SF and Above
2021: The Night Ministry
The Night Ministry’s new home is an uplifting oasis for young adults facing adversity. Three stories of a 1910 heavy-timber manufacturing building, known for its large murals covering its facades, are renovated to support the growing needs of the nonprofit organization that provides housing, healthcare, and human connection to those experiencing homelessness. Design began in the Fall of 2018; the facility opened amidst the global health crisis in August of 2020.
EXCELLENCE IN INTERIORS AWARD For Projects Under 5,000 SF
2021: Ardmore House
Ardmore House by Kwong Von Glinow is a a development project grounded with every decision in the belief that design matters - and is the foundation of successful and healthy living environments and communities. The architecture of Ardmore House is designed around the primary value that architecture can completely engage with an urban context expressed by the concept of “living openly.” The design of the home optimistically confronts a context that is traditionally undesirable. Bordering an urban alleyway on a traditional Chicago lot, Ardmore House flips the traditional residential section and arrays bedrooms on the first floor while living spaces are placed on the second level. The design of the facade calibrates the relationship between privacy and exposure in this urban site and shifts the facade hierarchy from the street to the alleyway, the most urban of the contexts.
PREVIOUS AIA ILLINOIS DESIGN AWARD RECIPIENTS
LOUIS SULLIVAN PRIZE
2020 University of Chicago Keller Center
2019 Unity Temple Restoration
2017 Chicago Public Library Chinatown Branch
2016 Harper Court by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture
2015 Northerly Island Framework Plan by SmithGroupJJR
2014 Great Lakes Vision Plan by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
2013 Randolph Tower by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture
2012 Lambert - St. Louis International Airport Main Terminal Vault Renovation &
Restoration by exp.
2010 Contemporaine by Perkins + Will
2009 Yannell Net Zero Energy Residence by Farr Associates
2008 Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies by Krueck & Sexton Architects
2007 Springfield Union Station Rehabilitation by White & Borgognoni Architects, P.C.
2006 Hardrock Hotel Chicago by White & Borgognoni Architects, P.C.
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT AWARD For Connection to Environment
2020 Carter Woodson Regional Chicago Public Library Restoration
2019 Chicago Public Library, West Loop Branch
2017 Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center by TBDArchitects
2016 University of Chicago Saieh Hall by Ann Beha Architects
2015 Intrinsic School by Wheeler Kearns Architects
2014 City of Aurora, John C. Dunham Pavillion at RiverEdge Park by Muller & Muller, Ltd.
2013 Dallas City Performance Hall by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
2012 Hidden Oaks Nature Center by Wight & Company
2010 Hyde Park Bank Investment Real Estate Loan Processing Center by Florian Architects
2009 Champaign Public Library by Ross Barney Architects
2008 Grayslake North High School by FGM Architects
2007 Levy Senior Center by Ross Barney Architects
2006 Millenium Park Bicycle Station by Muller & Muller, Ltd.
MIES VAN DER ROHE AWARD For Innovation
2020 95th / Dan Ryan CTA Station
2019 Washington / Wabash CTA Station
2017 DeKalb's Haish Memorial Public Library
2016 CTA Cermak McCormick Place Station by Carol Ross Barney
2015 William Jones College Preparatory High School by Perkins+Will
2014 The Genevieve and Wayne Gratz Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church
by Gensler Chicago
2013 Chicago Law Firm by 4240 Architecture, Inc.
2012 North Central College, Wentz Concert Hall & Fine Arts Center
by Loebl Schlossman & Hackl
2010 College of DuPage Technology Education Center by DeStefano Partners
2009 SOS Children's Village Community Center by Studio Gang Architects
2008 Museum of Science and Industry Conservation and Relocation of the U-505
Submarine by Goettsch Partners
2007 Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive Center by Wight & Company
2006 Heart Hospital at Swedish American by PERKINS + WILL
CROMBIE TAYLOR AWARD For Preservation
2020 Chicago Union Station Hall Restoration
2019 The Newberry Library
2017 Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative
2016 Chicago Athletic Association renovation by Hartshorne Plunkard Architects
2015 Grove Apartments by Weese Langley Weese
2014 Harvest Commons Apartments by Landon Bone Baker Architects
2013 Hairpin Lofts and The Arts Center - Logan Square, Avondale
by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture
2012 Sullivan Center by Harboe Architects
2010 The Palmer House Restoration by Loebl Schlossman & Hackl
2009 Chicago Cultural Center Preston Bradley Hall Restoration by Holabird & Root LLC
2008 Krause Music Store and Studio V by Wheeler Kearns Architects
2007 The Illinois State Capitol: Renovation of the House & Senate Chambers
by Vinci | Hamp Architects, Inc.
2006 Metropolitan Capital Bank by OWP/P
DANIEL BURNHAM AWARD For Master Planning
2020 Chicago Park District, South Lakefront Framework Plan
2019 Planned Agricultural District (PAD): A Vision for West Garfield
2017 Master Plan for Woodlawn Park
2016 Positioning Pullman by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
2015 Bloomingdale Trail Framework Plan by Ross Barney Architects
2014 Sustainable Chicago 2015 Action Agenda by Shaw Environmental Design
Solutions of Illinois, LLC
2013 Chicago Central Area DeCarbonization Plan by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill
2012 Navy Pier Centennial Plan by Gensler Chicago
2010 Lakeshore East by Loewenberg Architects / SOM
2009 Holy Family Ministries Center by FGM Architects
2008 Mexicantown Master Plan, Mercado, Plaza + Retail/Office Block
by Teng & Associates, Inc.
2007 Wabash Memorial Plaza by Ross Barney Architects
2006 The University Villiage at UIC by Wight & Company