MEMBER SERVICE 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.
Gold Medal for Outstanding Lifetime Service
2021: Robert I. Selby, FAIA
Professor Selby has been a member of AIA since 1970. He served as President of AIA Champaign-Urbana in 1987, AIA Central Illinois in 1990 and President of AIA Illinois in 2002. In 2005 he served as the AIA 150 Champion for AIA Central Illinois. His work has been published in Progressive Architecture, Inland Architect, and elsewhere. He is co-author and illustrator of The Hawkweed Passive Solar House Book, and he has written numerous papers on housing, urban design, and design education.
Professor Selby taught in the design division of the School of Architecture at University of Illinois and has taught both undergraduate and graduate architectural design studios and several graduate seminars. He received the undergraduate Excellence in Teaching Award in 1987 and the Outstanding Faculty Award, College of Fine and Applied Arts in 1997.
2019 John Ochoa, AIA
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
For (non-architect) citizens who lift up architecture and the profession
2021: Krisann Rehbein
As the Executive Director of ACE Mentor Program of Chicago, she oversees program operations for the organization. Working with a dynamic and committed core of volunteers from the architecture, construction and engineering industries, the program provides out-of-school programming for 300 teens annually, gives out over $150k in scholarships and 60 paid summer work experiences.
Prior to joining ACE Mentor, Krisann spent over a decade at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. During her tenure, she implemented city-wide programming for teens, piloted a fully funded community outreach initiative, placed over 150 students in paid internships, and developed a suite of new adult programs to expand the conversation about the built environment in Chicago. She spearheaded and directed a major institutional project, the development and writing of a textbook to teach high school students about architecture published as The Architecture Handbook: A Student Guide to Understanding Buildings. The award-winning curriculum is part of the official career curriculum for the Chicago Public Schools and is used in schools across the country.
Krisann’s career represents a mission of this award - to celebrate those who lift up architecture and the profession. Among her achievements: Krisann’s long-term commitment that engages youth to learn about the fields of design and construction, promotes opportunities to discover their interests, and working with industry professionals to help support that learning and discovery, all deserve this recognition.
2020 David Doig
2019 Mike Waldinger, Hon. AIA
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
For Illinois architects involved in public service
2021: Karen Shoup, AIA
Karen Shoup's career in Public Service encompasses multiple communities, agencies, programs and initiatives spanning over 34 years.
As a Subject Matter Expert, Karen is currently working with the United States Virgin Islands Department of Public Works/ Witt O'Brien's hurricane recovery team to rebuild the four islands of the Territory. As Bureau Chief of Urban Program Planning for the Illinois Department of Transportation, Karen led the development of the Illinois Long Range Transportation Plan, Transforming Transportation for Tomorrow. Focusing on State Capital Planning, Karen served as Associate Director for the Governor's Office of Management and Budget. This required development of the annual Capital Budget for the State of Illinois. Karen was responsible for building the legislation and implementation of Governor Quinn's Illinois Jobs Now and Jump Start capital programs. School Construction and planning has been a focus for Karen. As Supervisor at the Illinois State Board of Education and Administrator of School Construction at CDB, Karen led the development of a 6 billion dollar school construction, school energy efficiency, maintenance grant programs and the development of guidelines for communities. She also served on the Springfield RUDAT, Habitat for Humanity Board, AIA Illinois and Prairie Chapter Boards.
Karen has served our profession well, not just in her roles at the Capital Development Board and Illinois Department of Transportation, but also in her service to the AIA. She has served on committees, both state and chapter boards and is the current AIA Prairie President, guiding the chapter (even through a pandemic) with strength and vision. Karen is a deserving recipient of this award.
2019 Scott Nacheman, AIA
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
For Illinois architects involved in humanitarian, social impact or community endeavors
2021: Shabbir Y. Chandabhai, Assoc. AIA
Architect Shabbir Y. Chandabhai founded BURHANIDESIGN in 2011 on the philosophical basis that architecture must be conscious and respectful of context and utility while enriching the human experience.
Having received his Undergraduate degree from Mumbai University, he moved to Chicago for his Graduate degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
Shabbir has worked on various high-rise, mixed-use projects at firms in Chicago. He has a keen interest in the Contemporary Design Ideology and Community projects and thus has been involved in designing urban community-based projects in the Chicago land area.
Shabbir is an Associate member of the AIA and member of NCARB and a licensed Architect with the Council of Architecture, India. He is also one of the Directors of CTBUH-India Chapter, continuing the rich tradition of research and development of high-rise building design and technology in the Indian subcontinent with his counterparts.
He currently sits on the Board for two local neighborhood organizations which monitor local zoning and developments so that the proposed developments in those neighborhoods are scaled to meet the local needs and not only benefit that area but the city at large.
Mr. Chandabhai’s efforts to improve the play areas at three public schools raise the bar for civic involvement by architects. In each case he used his creativity and professional training to transform a community’s desire for basic safe outdoor play areas into fully-realized recreation spaces characterized by joy and exuberance.
2020 Dave Gerald Broz, AIA
2019 Bryan Hudson, AIA
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
2021: Arquitectos, Chicago Women in Architecture and I-NOMA
The Illinois Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (I-NOMA), Arquitectos, and Chicago Women in Architecture (CWA). These organizations have very similar mission themes to AIA Illinois, and by working together we can only increase our impact to our members.
I-NOMA creates a platform of inclusion and growth to support all minority designers; as defined by ethnicity, gender, religion, and sexual orientation.
Arquitectos’ goal is to be a valuable resource for Latino & Latina architects – offering opportunities for career and professional development and is an organization with membership hailing from across the globe - architects, engineers, designers, contractors, landscape architects, and urban planners from all backgrounds and nationalities.
CWA is a forum for women in architecture and related professions that exists to advance the status of women in this profession by increasing the visibility of women in architecture, guiding and encouraging women to consider a career in architecture; establishing liaisons with other professional organizations; networking for job placement and career advancement; advocating for issues of concern to women within the profession.
Following up on the challenges and experiences in 2020, this year showed us that the lesson learned from those challenges needed to be addressed as we continue to move forward with a sharper focus on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in all aspects of our lives. AIA Illinois, along with these three organizations, have made extra efforts to collaborate and develop a more integrated approach to work together in the best interest of our profession, both for our current membership but as well as with an emphasis on helping to develop a diverse future for our profession. The four organizations are committed to strengthening this momentum by developing and cross-promoting scholarships, grants, educational programs as well as professional development networking events.
These organizations have very similar mission themes to AIA Illinois, and by working together we can only increase our impact to our members.
2020 Chicago Architecture Biennial - Student Design Competitions
2019 Wright in Kankakee: The Bradley House
2018 Landmarks Illinois
2017 PechaKucha Chicago
2016 AEC Cares
2015 National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
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
John Wellborn Root for Emerging Professionals
2019: 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
2020: Curtis J. Sartor, Jr. Assoc. AIA
Dr. Curtis J. Sartor Jr. became Assistant to the President for Diversity and Spiritual Development, a role that was an outgrowth of Judson’s ongoing Strategic Plan, in January 2016. He was named Associate Vice President for Diversity and Spiritual Development. In this capacity, he provides overall leadership, direction, advocacy, communication and assessment of diversity and inclusion issues on campus and leads internal and external diversity committees. From 2008 through 2015, Dr. Sartor served as dean of Judson’s School of Art, Design and Architecture, and he continues to teach courses in the Architecture Department as a tenured professor.
2019 Linda Nelson Keane, AIA
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
2020: Maya Bird-Murphy, Assoc. AIA
Maya Bird-Murphy, Assoc. AIA, is an architectural designer, educator, and maker from Oak Park, Illinois. She is also the founder and Executive Director of Chicago Mobile Makers, an award-winning nonprofit organization bringing design-focused skill-building workshops to underrepresented communities.
Maya believes that architecture should not be a privilege and must expand to accommodate more people through teaching and community engagement. Chicago Mobile Makers creates programming that encourages Chicago youth to become advocates and change makers in their own communities through design focused skill-building workshops.
2019 Danielle Tillman, AIA
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