Friday marked Designight 2012—AIA Chicago’s annual awards gala—which brought nearly 1,000 members of the area’s design community together at Navy Pier to recognize 39 projects in four awards categories: Distinguished Building, Interior Architecture, Divine Detail, and Sustainability Leadership. John Ronan’s Poetry Foundation; Perkins+Will’s Universidade Agostinho Neto in Luanda, Angola; Sheehan Partners’ Facebook Data Center in Prineville, Ore.; and David Woodhouse Architects’ Richard J. Daley Library IDEA Commons in Chicago (featured in the October Midwest issue of AN Midwest) were among the repeat winners of the night. Helmut Jahn accepted a lifetime achievement award, calling on the designers present to imagine a better future and then “make that future happen.” On behalf of his firm, Jahn also formally adopted the changes reported earlier—a new name, JAHN, and the ascension of Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido to share design leadership with Jahn. Click on a thumbnail to launch the slideshow. The full list of winners and all 262 projects entered into the competition can be found on AIA Chicago's website.
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AIA Chicago will honor German-born architect Helmut Jahn later this month with a lifetime achievement award during its Designight event Oct. 26. Jahn is president and CEO of Murphy/Jahn, a firm with a formidable track record Chicago, including U of C's Mansueto Research Library, O’Hare’s United Airlines Terminal and the state of Illinois’ Thompson Center. His work in Germany is also extensive, including the well-known Sony Center in Berlin and the Messeturm in Frankfurt. Jahn will also receive a lifetime achievement award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Thursday. AIA’s Designight is open to the public. Tickets are available at aiachicago.org or by calling (312) 376-2725.
On October 28, over 800 architects, designers, contractors, and their clients gathered together at Navy Pier in Chicago to celebrate the architecture firms recognized with 2011 Design Excellence Awards. Firms were honored for achievements in the following four categories: Distinguished Building, Interior Architecture, Regional & Urban Design, and Unbuilt Design. Out of 357 entries, there were 42 awards total-- 10 Honor Awards (the highest distinction), 24 Citation of Merits, and 8 Special Recognitions. Half of these awards were for designs in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, while the remaining awards were for designs in other cities, states, and countries. Some noteworthy projects among the 39 winning projects included the world's tallest building in Dubai, "blending a hotel, luxury residences and office space," an international design center in Chicago for a Benton Harbor based corporation, the creation of a native wildlife refuge, boardwalk and education pavilion at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo in "a space that was once a polluted urban waterhole," a LEED Gold certified civil engineering building in Duluth, Minnesota, and a visionary master plan for the city of Gary, Indiana that connects the city to the surrounding area. Here are the firms that took home multiple awards: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP with 10 awards Perkins+Will with 6 awards DeStefano Partners/Lothan Studio with 3 awards Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture with 2 awards Goettsch Partners with 2 awards Murphy/Jahn with 2 awards Ross Barney Architects with 2 awards UrbanWorks Ltd. with 2 awards And here is the list of winners by category: DISTINGUISHED BUILDING HONOR AWARD: James / Swenson Civil Engineering Building, Duluth, MN --BY: Ross Barney Architects Nature Boardwalk, Education Pavilion and South Pond Transformation at Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago --BY: Studio Gang Architects with Shaw Sustainable Solutions of Illinois, LLC One Haworth Center, Holland, MI --BY: Perkins+Will CITATION OF MERIT: Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE --BY: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP College of DuPage Technology Education Center, Glenn Ellyn, IL --BY: DeStefano Partners/Lothan Studio Fullerton and Belmont Stations Reconstruction, Chicago --BY: Ross Barney Architects Gary Comer College Prep, Chicago --BY: John Ronan Architects Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, Chicago --BY: Murphy/Jahn Shanghai Huawei Technologies Corporate Campus, Shanghai, China --BY: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP UNO Veterans Memorial School Complex, Chicago --BY: UrbanWorks Ltd. West Combined Utility Plant, University of Chicago, Chicago --BY: Murphy/Jahn SPECIAL RECOGNITION: 300 East Randolph Vertical Completion, Chicago --BY: Goettsch Partners Peace Corner Youth Center, Chicago --BY: DeStefano Partners/Lothan Studio Rosa Parks Apartments, Chicago --BY: Landon Bone Baker Architects INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE HONOR AWARD: Confidential Law Firm Headquarters, Chicago --BY: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Jenner & Block, Chicago --BY: Goettsch Partners World of Whirlpool, Chicago --BY: Valerio Dewalt Train Associates CITATION OF MERIT: CompTIA The Computing Technology Industry Association Inc., Downers Grove, IL --BY: Perkins+Will Confidential Banking Firm Headquarters, Charlotte, NC --BY: Perkins+Will Mumford Hall Conversion, Chicago --BY: Harding Partners New Trading Firm, Chicago --BY: Cannon Design One Haworth Center, Holland, MI --BY: Perkins+Will Public Areas at the Residences of Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE --BY: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Serta International, Hoffman Estates, IL --BY: Epstein / Metter Studio Sprinkles Cupcakes, Chicago --BY: Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture University of Illinois, Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Halls Dining Remodel, Urbana-Champaign --BY: DeStefano Partners/Lothan Studio SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Burj Khalifa Level 153, Dubai, UAE --BY: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP REGIONAL & URBAN DESIGN HONOR AWARD: Farming the Chicago Stock Yards, Chicago --BY: UrbanLab Guangzhou University Town-- 4 Villages, Guangzhou, China --BY: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Panama Government City Master Plan, Panama, Republic of Panama --BY: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP CITATION OF MERIT: American College of Greece, Athens, Greece --BY: VOA Associates Incorporated Groundplanes for Gary, Gart, IN --By: UrbanWorks Ltd. Moraine Valley Community College Entrance Gateway + Quadrangle, Palos Hills, IL --BY: Teng + Associates SPECIAL RECOGNITION: A Vision for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Region Recognizing a Global Resource, Chicago --BY: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP UNBUILT DESIGN HONOR AWARD: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia --BY: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture CITATION OF MERIT: Dubai Bridge, Dubai, UAE --BY: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Shanghai Eastern Hepatobiliary Hospital, Shanghai, China --BY: Perkins+Will Shenzhen Archive Towers, Shenzhen, China --BY: Jaeger and Partner Architects, Ltd. with Saltans Architects_Intl.,Ltd Tianjin Museum, Tianjin, China --BY: Perkins+Will SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Prairie House: House for a Fashion Pattern Maker and Fiber Artist, Northfield, IL --BY: The Office for Robotic Architectural Media & Bureau for Responsive Architecture Takshing House Redevelopment, Hong Kong, China --BY: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP The S-Tower, Seoul, Korea --BY: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Calm like Rahm. Halloween might be over, but we couldn't resist sharing this Facebook photo of Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel riding public transit with zombies! The photo was posted with the following caption: "In case of a zombie apocalypse, remember to stay calm like Rahm." (h/t Transportation Nation) S, M, L, XL, XXL. The AIA-Chicago has released their latest round of awards and the Chicago Tribune's Blair Kamin takes a look at the winners, lauding the range of project scales undertaken by Chicago architects, from a small pavilion to the world's tallest building. Tracking LA. While Chicago has zombies, LA County has some cold hard cash. Everything Long Beach reports that eight key transportation projects were awarded $448 million including a 6.7 light rail line that is expected to become one of the busiest lines in the U.S. Sacred sale. Bankrupt mega-church Crystal Cathedral has found a buyer for their expansive, starchitect-studded Southern California campus (think Philip Johnson, Neutra, and Meier). The LA Times says Chapman University will pay $50 mil for the site, allowing the slimmed-down church to stay and eventually buy back their core building. Philly reads. In this economy, small book stores—especially architecture book stores—are struggling to keep their doors open. Philly is bucking this trend as the AIA Philadelphia opens up a new shop working with the Charter High School for Architecture and Design in Washington Square.
Two new competitions of note explore possible futures for Chicago's public realm. The 2011 Burnham Prize ideas competition sponsored by AIA Chicago and the Chicago Architectural Club calls for new visions for the McCormick Place East building, the 1971 modernist covention center on the lakefront designed by Gene Summers of C.F. Murphy Associates. The massive, Miesian building has a powerful presence on the lakefront, and a vast column-free interior, but parks advocates have long contended it should be removed. Meanwhile, the building's owner, the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, says it needs $150 million in repairs and is functionally obsolete. The competition aims to inspire new dialogue around the future of the building and site. The Street Furniture 2011 competition sponsored by Architecture for Humanity's Chicago chapter aims for something more universal, new street furniture that could be deployed to activate almost any vacant site. With a $1000 budget in mind, the competition calls for a piece or pieces of street furniture that could activate an open lot for a year in anticipation of future development as a garden. The furniture could then also be moved to a new site. The winning design will be built and installed at an unnamed location.
There's a new regime in town. AIA Chicago has announced its new board of directors and chapter officers. Walter D. Street III has been named chapter president. He brings a wealth of professional experience and has shown a commitment to expanding diversity and mentorship within the profession. According to a statement from AIA Chicago
Street will lead ongoing efforts for the chapter, which serves more than 3,200 members in Chicagoland. He is currently a senior architect at Johnson & Lee, Ltd. and has been a member of AIA Chicago for many years, previously serving as Treasurer in 2008. Street also regularly participates in the National AIA Grassroots legislative conferences in Washington, D.C., the Illinois Prairie Grassroots conferences in Springfield, and is an active member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Street has also served on the Chicago Architecture Foundation's committee to develop an architecture curriculum for K-12 students.Read the full list of directors after the jump. President Walter D. Street III, Johnson & Lee President-Elect Fred Brandstrader Vice Presidents Scott Rappe, Kuklinski & Rappe Architects Donna Robertson, Dean, Illinois Institute of Technology Brett Taylor, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Secretary Dawn Schuette, Threshold Acoustics Treasurer James Arends, Gilbane Building Past President Grant Uhlir, Gensler Directors Michael Damore, Epstein Rand Ekman, OWP/P | Cannon Design Jackie Koo, Koo and Associates Percy Roberts, VOA Associates Robert Theel, U.S. General Services Administration Aurelien Tsemo, Booth Hanson Associates Amy Yurko, BrainSpaces Associate Directors Yanet Herrera, Mercy Portfolio Services Lynette Stuhlmacher, Red Leaf Studio