The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) has announced the winners of its 2016 Awards for Architectural Excellence. The award for Architectural Stewardship is going to philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus. Sarah Herda, director of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, will receive the award for Public Engagement with the Built Environment. Architect Peter Landon, FAIA, founder and principal of Landon Bone Baker Architects, has won the Design, Planning and Sustainability award. Founded in 2010, the SAH Awards for Architectural Excellence were begun to honor individuals in architectural practice and academic study. This year’s awards will be presented at a benefit gala at the Racquet Club of Chicago on November 4th. Proceeds from the gala will go towards the restoration of the SAH headquarters in the 125-year-old Charnley-Persky House, one of the few residences designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. Richard H. Driehaus is the founder of Driehaus Capital Management LLC, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust. Over the last 30 years, through philanthropic gifts, Driehaus has contributed the historic preservation of multiple buildings and landscapes from the Ransom Cable House to the restoration of Old St. Patrick’s Church, to name just a few. Sarah Herda is the director of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. The Graham Foundation is the largest institution in the United States dedicated to awarding project-based grants to individuals and institutions working on architectural projects and research. Since becoming it director, Herda has transformed the foundation's headquarters into a world renowned venue for the exhibition of art and architecture. In 2015 Herda, along with Joseph Grima, was the co-artistic director of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. Peter Landon is the founder and principal of Landon Bone Baker Architects (LBBA). In the past several years LBBA has been recognized for its socially-conscious design, city planning, development, and architecture. Landon’s work ranges from the adaptive reuse of the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative to the Parkside mixed-income high-rise development on Chicago’s Near North Side. The Society of Architectural Historians is an internationally recognized organization which promotes the study of architecture, design, landscapes, and landscape urbanism. The SAH uses print and online publications, as well as local, national, and international programs to advocate for the engagement with the history of the built environment.
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The day started with a marathon session involving all participants in the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Hans-Ulrich Obrist, celebrated curator at the Serpentine gallery in London, together with Sarah Herda, director of the Graham Foundation, and architect Joseph Grima, both Chicago Biennial directors, asked 99 architects one simple question: What is urgent? Every participant had 15 seconds to speak, followed by impromptu questions by the curators. The responses were billed as "Telegrams to the World." As Obrist explained, this format turns a boring conference model into something of a non-conference. The ideas and information are not announced and then delivered. They simply happen informally and as the conversations goes. One of the first participants was architect Andrés Jacque with his call that architecture needs to be more political. Fake Industries Architectural Agonism replied with the message that there should be more open competitions for architects. There were other calls for urgencies, such as achieving gender equality in architecture and using uninhabited housing stock in Greece to house refugees instead of building camps, as well as calling for more order in architecture by Ben Aranda. Some who were not present in Chicago in person, or architects who were putting last touches on their installations in the Biennial's main exhibition space left notes that were read aloud. For example, a mischievous note by Italian architect Stefano Boeri was read in his absentia: "Nothing serious can be said about architecture in 15 seconds." There were some other notes of dissent to the topic of urgency such as "Nothing is urgent" and "Deadlines are urgent more than anything". In redux, those statements offered a cross-section of architects thinking practically about their daily practices and challenges. The event went for a while and was meant to be a place where one comes and goes as one wishes, somewhat similar to a radio program performed in situ.
Get Out Your Scotch Guard—Eavesdrop Is Coming! If the hors d’ouevres make a party, Luminaire threw quite the fête last month. The huge design showroom in Chicago's River North staged the top floor with more affordable items from their inventory, alongside of pop-ups from local artisans, including European bike-lifestyle guru J.C. Lind Bike Co. This was our first stop of several that evening, so the substantial hors d’oeuvres—a.k.a. Prosecco sponges—were fully appreciated. What didn’t appreciate them? That $5,000 sofa where our fried risotto ball crash-landed after slipping off of a toothpick and ricocheting off our champagne flute. Seriously, it was so embarrassing, with one witness to the party foul saying out loud, “Hope they Scotch Guarded everything before inviting this guy.” As we scurried to pick up the grease ball, we dropped half into our glass, tainting the last sips of the drink. And with that, folks, we moved on to… The Graham Foundation Still Throws the Coolest Openings in Town. With our party-pride tail between our legs, we stumbled—read: took a cab—to the opening of “Model Studies” at the Graham Foundation, featuring new work by Thomas Demand with works by Fernand Léger and others. If you have not been taking advantage of the programming at the Graham Foundation, you need to start now. Sarah Herda, director of the Graham, and staff are turning it out. And for the record, we kept a vise-like grip on our glass of red wine, so no spills.