Architecture Party at the Water Tower!  No, Really.
Aug26

Architecture Party at the Water Tower! No, Really.

If you’ve looked at the “Hang in there, kitty!” calendar tacked to your cubicle partition you may have noticed that posted in proximity to the perilously pendulous puss is a fat red circle around Saturday, September 14th. As a good student of Chicago architecture, we don’t have to tell you what that day means.  But in case you spent the majority of freshman history class doodling cranes and girders protruding...

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AIA Chicago Awards Recognize Top Architects At 60th Annual Designight
Oct26

AIA Chicago Awards Recognize Top Architects At 60th Annual Designight

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...

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Driehaus To Receive AIA Chicago 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award
Aug10

Driehaus To Receive AIA Chicago 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award

Richard H. Driehaus, founder of Chicago-based Driehaus Capital Management, will receive AIA Chicago’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. Driehaus will be honored by AIA Chicago during the annual Designight Design Excellence Awards on Oct. 23 at the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom. Driehaus has been associated with preservation and classical principles in planning and architecture. According to AIA Chicago, his sponsorship and philanthropy have...

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AIA Chicago Names 2015 Chicago Award In Architecture Honorees
Aug05

AIA Chicago Names 2015 Chicago Award In Architecture Honorees

An urban design project focusing on a 500-year-old order of Capuchin Friars in Milwaukee earned top honors in AIA Chicago’s 2015 Chicago Award in Architecture. The competition is open to students. The first place winner of the Benn-Johnck Award was the duo of Daniel Casier and Matt Moulis. Their project, titled “Restraining Order: An Urban Capuchin Monastary,” designed a city block-sized complex for the friars, with church, cloister,...

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AIA Chicago’s Newest Fellow Succeeds By Thinking Green
Mar02

AIA Chicago’s Newest Fellow Succeeds By Thinking Green

When Nathan Kipnis was six years old, like most of his friends, he rushed home from school to watch Bozo’s Circus on WGN-TV. It probably wasn’t in the cards for young Nate to join Bozo on the air and participate in the grand prize game. But if the opportunity presented itself, Kipnis had a ready answer when asked what he wanted to do when he grew up. His response, naturally, would be “an architect.” Perhaps had he been cognizant of...

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The World According To John Vinci
Aug11

The World According To John Vinci

If you want to get the inside story on the Chicago architecture scene over the past half-century, a fascinating read is available online in Betty Blum’s oral history of John Vinci. Another option: spend an hour talking to Vinci, as I had the pleasure of doing last week. At 77, Vinci shows no sign of slowing down. He is the principal of Vinci | Hamp Architects where he’s run the show with Phil Hamp since 1985. Vinci graduated from IIT...

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AIA Chicago Celebrates Small Projects At Fourth Annual Gathering
May15

AIA Chicago Celebrates Small Projects At Fourth Annual Gathering

For the fourth year, AIA Chicago recognized and celebrated the work of local architects whose work might otherwise be overlooked because of their size. Or perhaps, lack of size. The AIA Chicago Small Practitioners Group created the Small Projects award program to raise awareness of small practitioners and their work. The awards presentation and recognition event was held May 9th at Architectural Artifacts, 4325 North Ravenswood in the...

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A Look Inside the Mind of an Architect
Aug20

A Look Inside the Mind of an Architect

  What does music have in common with an architect’s creative process? For Craig Cernek, the answer is easy. Cernek, plays rock guitar when he’s not wearing his architect’s cap. The President of The Archi/Build Group says music, like architecture, has a symmetry and repetition of themes. The repetition and balance he finds in music part of his inspiration for the table he designed which won a 2013 AIA Chicago Small Project Award....

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Small Projects Honored At Third Annual AIA Large Party
May06

Small Projects Honored At Third Annual AIA Large Party

The Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architect’s third annual Small Projects Competition generated a record high 107 submissions this year and the winners ran the gamut from a treehouse chapel designed by Architecture Is Fun, to an art studio in the woods designed by David Genc. For sheer weirdness, though, Craig Cernek’s “Equilibrium” was the clear frontrunner. Cernek’s cocktail table might well have given Isaac...

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