AIA Chicago Awards Recognize Top Architects At 60th Annual Designight

Richard H. Driehaus.

Richard H. Driehaus.

AIA Chicago recognized outstanding architecture and architects on Friday, Oct. 23 at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom during the 60th annual Design Excellence Awards ceremony.

The celebration–known as Designight–was a celebration of the best of the best in architecture. It included 36 awards for projects in four categories: Distinguished Building, Interior Architecture, Divine Detail, and a new 10-Year Award recognizing a 10-year-old building for its performance and lasting impact.

Honorees were selected by four jurors, representing top architects from across the country. They selected winners from a field of 285 entrants.

Top honors went to: Gensler for The Genevieve and Wayne Gratz Center; Perkins+Will for the Shanghai Natural History Museum; exp for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Terminal 1 Renovation, and Studio Gang Architects for the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership.

Also recognized with Honor Awards were CannonDesign, JGMA, EpsteinĀ | Metter Studio and HBRA Architects, Inc.

The 10-Year Award was presented to the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park.

Another highlight of the evenings was the presentation of the 2015 AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award to philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus.

Author: Bill Motchan

Bill Motchan is a writer and photographer, and a former resident of the West Loop. He can be reached at

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