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2014 Emerging Visions Winners Announced

The Chicago Architectural Club has named Christopher Marcinkoski and Andrew Moddrell of PORT Architecture + Urbanism and Grant Gibson of CAMES/gibson winners of this year’s Emerging Visions. Since its inauguration in 1998, the portfolio competition has sought to recognize significant endeavors by young architects, designers and new practices in Chicago. Works designed by the recipients will be on display at the 2014 AIA National Convention in Chicago. More information, here

Small Project Awards Exhibit

Currently on display until August 22, AIA Chicago is honoring its Small Project Awards winners at 23 E. Madison in downtown Chicago as part of the Chicago Loop Alliance’s Pop-Up Art Loop initiative. Designed in collaboration with Chicago-based branding firm a5, the exhibit offers yet another opportunity for AIA Chicago and its Small Practitioners Group to showcase the smaller-scale innovations that architects work on in their day-to-day practice. The third annual Small Firm/Small Project Award program recognizes high quality work from small Chicago architectural firms and exceptional small local projects. More images information after the break.

Helmut Jahn receives AIA Chicago's Lifetime Achievement Award

German-American architect Helmut Jahn of Murphy/Jahn Architects has been announced as this year’s recipient of Chicago’s AIA Lifetime Achievement Award. Following his arrival to the U.S. more than 40 years ago, the Chicago-based architect has been lauded by some of the industry’s best for continuously breaking new ground with his postmodern steel-and-glass structures. Some of his most notable works include the SONY Center in Berlin and the University of Chicago Campus.

The film above, shared with us by our friends at Black Spectacles, captures the essence of Helmut Jahn’s work through images, videos and peer interviews with Jeanne Gang, FAIA, John Ronan, AIA, Ron Krueck, AIA, Werner Sobek and Franz Schulze.

The news of this award was followed by Jahn’s announcement that he will be changing the name of his firm to “Jahn”. Browse through some of Jahn’s most recent works, here on ArchDaily.

SOM receives 2011 Firm of the Year Award

The AIA Chicago chapter has awarded the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) the 2011 Firm of the Year Award for 75 years of global design excellence. The chapter recognized the outstanding achievements and excellence in the firm’s body of work and their contribution to the advancement of the architectural profession in areas of design, research, planning, technology and architectural practice. This is the highest AIA award a firm can receive.

Culver House Development / Dirk Denison Architects

Courtesy of Dirk Denison Architects
Courtesy of Dirk Denison Architects

The recent recipient of the 2010 AIA Chicago Unbuilt Design Award, the Culver House Development sparks the conversation of sustainable design within the private sector of the prestigious Gold Coast neighborhood, Chicago, Illinois.  A mixed-use development, the building was designed to achieve LEED Gold status.  Both the office space and eight dwelling units capitalize on the thoughtful design of the energy efficient and ample day-lit spaces. The jurors are quoated as descirbing the Culver House Development plan as “very smart” and the scheme “handsome.”  In reference to the varied floor plans of the residential units jurors claimed that “it breaks the typical pattern of every floor being the same” and continuing stating,  ”it is like a jigsaw puzzle.” More about this award winning design following the break.

Courtesy of Dirk Denison Architects Courtesy of Dirk Denison Architects Courtesy of Dirk Denison Architects Courtesy of Dirk Denison Architects

Architects: Dirk Denison Architects Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States Project Year: Unbuilt Renderings: Antonio Petrov , Daniel Wolf

AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Honor Award for the Field Chapel

© Brigida Gonzalez
© Brigida Gonzalez

In a very rare and prestigious occasion the students of the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology received the award for 2010 AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Honor Award.  The Field Chapel in Baden-Wurttemberg Germany was part of Professor Frank Flury’s 2009 Design/Build studio.  Here you can check out our featured article about this project with photographs and sketches of the whole design/build process. Jurors were quoted stating the following about the Field Chapel, ” we’re not able to contain our enthusiasm”, and “it’s such an honest building”.  One final juror noted that, “before I came here today, I didn’t want to see yet another building made out of sticks.  But I saw a great one here.” Architects: Students of the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology Location: Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany Design Team: Jeffrey Burke, Andrew Clark, Carlie Douglas, Guanmin Hao, Kevin Kamien, Megan Lawler, Joseph Luciani, Juliana Masci, James Mellom, Milanko Milesic, Zhao Quian, John Ruffalo, Seth Ellsworth, Jeffrey Johnson
, Lexie Manke Associate Architects: Ecker Architekten General Contractor: Professor Frank Flury Client: Lutheran Church of Bodigheim, Germany Project Year: 2009 Photographs: Brigida Gonzalez You can check the project on our previous article.