2014 Emerging Visions Winners Announced

Helsinki South Harbor. Image © Christopher Marcinkoski and Andrew Moddrell (PORT)

The 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

dSPACE Studio’s “Historic Wicker Park 2-Flat Conversion and Modern Addition”

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 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 of Murphy/Jahn Architects has been announced as this year’s recipient of ’s AIA Lifetime Achievement Award. Following his arrival to the U.S. more than 40 years ago, the -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 award a firm can receive.

The Firm Award Jury stated, “Skidmore Owings & Merrill is the jury’s unanimous choice for AIA Chicago’s 2011 Firm of the Year. It is evident in the submission that SOM has a distinct culture that is collaborative and team-oriented with a history of high aspirations for design excellence. For the professional community, SOM’s innovation continues to impact and inform tall building design around the world, while it is also evident that SOM is an involved and active citizen of Chicago, reaching outside of itself to positively impact the community and its organizations.”

A celebration will take place at the AIA Chicago annual meeting and presentation on Friday, December 9th, 2011 at ReBuilding Exchange in Chicago, Illinois.

Here are a few SOM projects featured on ArchDaily:

Terzo Piano Restaurant/ Dirk Denison Architects

© Michelle Litvin Photography

Terzo Piano Restaurant was designed as a changeable canvas with movable pieces and flexible seating arrangements. Seating 250 patrons the lunch restaurant is located within the Renzo Piano designed Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago. The architects therefore were challenged with establishing a contemporary space that provided a complementary atmosphere to the Modern Wing.  A recent recipient of a 2010 AIA Chicago Award: Citation of Merit for Interior Architecture, jurors commented, “It’s elevated the cafeteria experience,” and “The whole idea of having art in the dining area is elegant.”

Follow the break for drawings and photographs of Terzo Piano Restaurant.

Architects: Dirk Denison Architects
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Client: Bon Appetit Management at The Art Institute of Chicago
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Michelle Litvin Photography

L2O Restaurant / Dirk Denison Architects

© Michelle Litvin Photography

L2O Restaurant, by Dirk Denison Architects, is a refurbishment design of a classic French fine dining restaurant to a contemporary seafood eatery in ’s Belden Stratford Hotel.  This space successfully integrates contemporary clean modern lines with a sense of historical elegance.

Winner of the 2010 AIA Chicago Award: Citation of Merit for Interior Architecture, jurors commented that, “although the main dining room is one volume, architects created the sense of a private space for each table through the use of distinctive artistic elements and steel cables that act as westernized Shoji screens. The space also accommodates private dining in separate rooms and offers Tatami-style dining niches. The subdued color palette adds to the restaurant’s cohesiveness and restrained elegance.”

Follow the break for more on L2O Restaurant, including photographs and drawings.

Architects: Dirk Denison Architects
Location: Chicago, Illinois,
General Contractor: Thordale Construction
Kitchen Consultant: Harrison Koelner
Lighting Designer: MBK Lighting Design
MEFP Consultant: Quest Design Group
Client: Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Michelle Litvin Photography

University of Chicago – South Campus Chiller Plant / Murphy/Jahn

© Rainer Viertlboeck

The project for a new chiller plant at the University of Chicago provided the opportunity to design for function, performance, materials, construction while simultaneously considering how the technical equipment could be displayed as if it were a piece of art. The resulting expression of the South Campus Chiller Plant is a modern celebratory display of technical equipment. As the utility equipment is exposed, other elements of construction remain “uncovered” – concrete walls and floors, steel structure, ducts, light fixtures, and pipes.

The University of Chicago – South Campus Chiller Plant received the 2009 Chapter Award, the 2008 Chicago Architecture Foundation Patron of The Year Award, and the 2008 Midwest Construction’s Best Award.

Architects: Murphy Jahn
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Client: University of Chicago
Lead Designer:
Structural Engineer: Burns & McDonnel, Werner Sobek Engineering & Design
MEP: Burns & McDonnel , Primera
Project Area: 26,400 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Rainer Viertlboeck

Culver House Development / Dirk Denison Architects

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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.

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

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.