Design With Company Named 2015 Ragdale Ring Winning Team With Shaw Town
Mar26

Design With Company Named 2015 Ragdale Ring Winning Team With Shaw Town

When Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer began developing a concept for their Ragdale Ring entry, they found their inspiration in the person of Howard Van Doren Shaw. The outdoor theater at Ragdale was originally designed by Shaw in 1912. The Ragdale Ring competition allows design teams to reinterpret Shaw’s vision. That vision will come to life this summer under the direction of Hicks and Newmeyer, partners in the West Loop firm...

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AIA Chicago’s Young Architect Of The Year Focuses Her Efforts On Building Communities
Dec22

AIA Chicago’s Young Architect Of The Year Focuses Her Efforts On Building Communities

Nootan Bharani quite possibly found her first spark of creativity growing up in Downer’s Grove. She made things out of a nontraditional building material: pompom balls. “I cut them all off of my mother’s and sister’s socks,” she said. She then used the pompoms to add flare to dollhouse furniture. Fast forward to 2014 and Bharani’s career as an architect has taken an equally nontraditional course. She spent the first dozen years of her...

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“Good Design Is For Everyone” Works For LBBA
Dec04

“Good Design Is For Everyone” Works For LBBA

Who doesn’t love a story where the underdog wins? I thought about that when I spoke with the three principals of Landon Bone Baker Architects. LBBA will be presented with the AIA Chicago architecture firm of the year honor on December 8 and it couldn’t happen to a nicer group of people. My first experience with Peter Landon was when I heard him speak at “Public Interest Architecture In Practice” last February. “LBBA isn’t...

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IIT College of Architecture Creates New Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize
Mar26

IIT College of Architecture Creates New Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize

Watch out Pritzker family because the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology is adding another architecture prize to the Chicago mix. The Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) and the MCHAP for Emerging Architecture will be awarded every two years with the intent of, “recognizing the most distinguished built constructs of the North and South American continents,” the College of Architecture Dean Wiel Arets...

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Wilmette Public Works Building Awarded for Sustainable Design
Dec10

Wilmette Public Works Building Awarded for Sustainable Design

A recent award helped put the Village of Wilmette on the map in the world of Chicago architecture. The northern suburb’s Public Works Building recently underwent an expansion and renovations that included the addition of a new, 5,000 square foot state-of-the-art administrative building, which is the highlight of the project. The new development is a slender (25 ft. wide x 130 ft. long), freestanding building comprised of white...

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Goettsch Partners Named AIA Chicago 2013 Firm of the Year
Dec05

Goettsch Partners Named AIA Chicago 2013 Firm of the Year

Good news for friends-of-the-blog, Goettsch Partners.  The company that is bringing us 150 North Riverside has been named AIA Chicago Firm of the Year.  You can read the press release following this gallery of its work. 111 South Wacker. Photograph © James Steinkamp/Steinkamp Photography. Courtesy of Goettsch Partners. 300 East Randolph. Photograph © James Steinkamp/Steinkamp Photography. Courtesy of Goettsch Partners. 150 North...

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Fifield Named Chicago Developer of the Year
Mar14

Fifield Named Chicago Developer of the Year

Fifield Realty has been named Developer of the Year in Chicago.  I won’t go too much into this because the entire press release is attached to this message.  But I like Fifield’s recent projects because they have taken an ugly corner of Chicago and helped transform it into a nice community. Why would I mention an award that’s so “inside baseball” here?  Because Fifield’s PR company bothered to let...

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Regional Architecture Competition

We received an e-mail recently about an upcoming architecture competition.  It’s sponsored by WoodWorks and open to architects, engineers, and designers in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.  Here’s the details from the WoodWorks web site: WoodWorks North-central is accepting nominations for nine wood design awards, which will be presented on September 8, 2010 at the Wood Solutions Fair in Chicago. ...

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More Accolades for More

The More cupcake shop (1 East Delaware Place) has been heaped with praise over the last year.  Now it has one more accolade. If you’ve ever been there, you’ve noticed how it’s an interesting balance between starkness and warmth — futuristic shelves and homey wood tones. That balance has earned its designers, David Woodhouse Architects, an Honor Award in the Interior Architecture category from the American...

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