University of Minnesota Duluth, Pickle Barrel Scuppers, Duluth, MN
Courtesy AIA Chicago University of Minnesota Duluth, Pickle Barrel Scuppers, Duluth, MN


AIA Chicago recognized 33 of the city’s architectural achievements Friday evening with the announcement of the Design Excellence Award winners. Designight 2014 gathered over 900 architects, designers, contractors, and clients in the Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom for a celebration honoring the city’s architecture and design community. In its 59th year, the awards merited honorees in four categories including distinguished building, interior architecture, divine detail, and unbuilt design. From a field of 253 entries, the 33 winning firms include Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (recipient of four awards), Perkins+Will, and Ross Barney Architects among others.

Also honored was esteemed architect John Vinci, FAIA, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award celebrating his many accomplishments, including his integral role in preserving classic Chicago architecture.

He joins a rank of notable past winners including Stanley Tigerman, FAIA, Helmut Jahn, Ben Weese, Walter Netsch, John Holabird Jr.,Gertude Kerbis, Natalie de Blois, and jointly, Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett.

"The influence of Chicago architects reaches down the street and across the globe," says AIA Chicago board president Scott Rappe in AIA Chicago’s press release, "and the 2014 Design Excellence Awards winners are proof of that." 

For more information on each of the Honor Award winners below, follow the link to its ARCHITECT Magazine's Project Gallery page.

Distinguished Building Awards

Beverly Shores Residence – Beverly Shores, Ind. – Booth Hansen
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Beverly Shores Residence, Beverly Shores, IN
Courtesy AIA Chicago Beverly Shores Residence, Beverly Shores, IN

Jinao Tower – Nanjing, China – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Jinao Tower, Nanjing, China
Courtesy AIA Chicago/ Tim Griffith Jinao Tower, Nanjing, China

Morgan Street Live + Work – Chicago – UrbanLab

Morgan Street Live+Work, Chicago
Courtesy Matthew Messner Morgan Street Live+Work, Chicago

Orchard Willow Residence – Chicago – Wheeler Kearns Architects

Orchard Willow Residence, Chicago
Courtesy Steve Hall Orchard Willow Residence, Chicago

William Jones College Preparatory High School – Chicago – Perkins+Will

William Jones College Preparatory High School, Chicago
Courtesy James Steinkamp Photography William Jones College Preparatory High School, Chicago


Interior Architecture Awards


American Society for Clinical Pathology Expansion – Chicago – Epstein

American Society for Clinical Pathology Expansion, Chicago
Courtesy Steve Hall American Society for Clinical Pathology Expansion, Chicago

Booth 455 – Chicago – Woodhouse Tinucci Architects

Booth 455, Chicago
Courtesy Mike Schwartz Booth 455, Chicago

Kids Science Labs – Chicago ­­­– Woodhouse Tinucci Architects

Kids Science Labs, Chicago
Courtesy Mike Schwartz Kids Science Labs, Chicago

Divine Detail Awards


Congregation Solel Reading Table – Highland Park, Ill. – Eckenhoff Saunders Architects

Congregation Solel Reading Table, Highland Park, IL
Courtesy AIA Chicago Congregation Solel Reading Table, Highland Park, IL

University of Minnesota Duluth, Pickle Barrel Scuppers – Duluth, Minn. – Ross Barney Architects

Unbuilt Design Awards

Liansheng Financial Center – Taiyuan, China – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Liansheng Financial Center, Taiyuan, China
Courtesy AIA Chicago Liansheng Financial Center, Taiyuan, China

United States Air Force Academy Center for Character & Leadership Development – Colorado Springs, Colo. – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

United States Air Force Academy Center for Character & Leadership Development, Colorado Springs
Courtesy AIA Chicago United States Air Force Academy Center for Character & Leadership Development, Colorado Springs