Gillson Park Beach House

Gillson Park Beach House | Woodhouse Tinucci Architects | Honor Award, Architecture XS
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Design Excellence Awards

AIA Chicago’s Design Excellence Awards honor the outstanding work of AIA Chicago members and their firms, reinforce the value of great architecture, and highlight members’ contributions in designing equitable and sustainable places and spaces. These awards are given based on project square footage: Architecture: XL, L, M, S, and XS, and Interior Architecture: L, M, and S categories.

The highest possible honor, the Honor Award, recognizes projects that exemplify excellence in architectural design on all levels and embrace the highest standards to which AIA members aspire. One Honor Award is given for each of the project categories and must be selected by a unanimous vote from the jury.

Granted to projects which display a high standard of architectural quality and design, the Citation of Merit is a project deemed unanimously or by consensus of jury members. The number of Citation of Merit awards is given at the discretion of the jury.

Award Information

Submissions open: Monday, April 26, 9:00 AM Central
Submissions close:
Friday, June 2, 6:00 PM Central

2023 Rules and Regulations
Sample Entry Form
Submissions Now Closed
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2023 Jury A

Jury A reviews Architecture XS and S; Interior Architecture S and M


Julie Eizenberg, FAIA
Santa Monica, CA


Natasha Espada, AIA
Studio Enee
Needham, MA


Rod Kruse, FAIA
Des Moines, IA


Tom Kundig, FAIA
Olson Kundig
Seattle, WA


Jean Rehkamp Larson, AIA
Rehkamp Larson Architects
Minneapolis, MN

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Molly Blakley, AIA*
DLR Group
Denver, CO

2023 Jury B

Jury B reviews Architecture M, L, and XL; Interior Architecture L


Nicole Becker, AIA
Portland, OR


Kai-Uwe Bergmann, FAIA
New York, NY


Audrey O'Hagan, AIA
Audrey O'Hagan
Cambridge, MA


Thomas Phifer, FAIA
Thomas Phifer and Partners
New York, NY


Rob Whitehead, FAIA
College of Design at Iowa State University
Ames, IA

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Ashley Craig, AIA*
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Los Angeles, CA

2023 Jury Chair (non-voting role)

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Eleanor Esser Gorski, AIA
CEO & President, Chicago Architecture Center

* Indicates Jury Alternate. These individuals serve as non-voting members of the jury, except in cases of a tie or to fill the role of an absent or recused juror.

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