Joan Pomaranc, Hon. AIA Chicago
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Distinguished Service Award
Since 1955, the Board of Directors of AIA Chicago has recognized individuals and organizations who have given outstanding service to the Chicago architectural community as a whole, including service to the profession, public service, and education.
This award is not necessarily presented every year. Individuals, associations, AIA Chicago members, and members of the Chicago community at large are eligible for this award. Past honorees have included architects, craftspersons, educators, authors, journalists, and organizations of various types.
Any of the following may be eligible for the Distinguished Service Award:
1. Individuals, firms, or organizations, in or outside the architecture profession, who have made significant contributions to the improvement of the Chicago’s built environment. Contributions may include, but are not limited to, advancement or development of laws, regulations, policies, or initiatives that promote excellence in architecture; the commissioning of notable projects to the built environment; or activities that raise the public's consciousness of the importance of excellent design in the shaping of our world and culture.
2. Architects who serve as elected or appointed officials, public administrators, or institutional leaders and establish and contribute to the development of laws, regulations, policies, or initiatives that promote excellence in architecture.
3. Architects, Educators or Allied Professionals who, by their skill, professionalism, dedication, ability, and commitment, and/or volunteer contributions have consistently advanced the Mission, Vision, and Strategic Goals of AIA Chicago.
Previous recipients of the Distinguished Service Award are eligible for nomination after ten years has passed since initially receiving the award.
Submissions open: October 16, 2023
Submissions close: November 2, 2023; 5:00pm Central
Selection Process: Any AIA Chicago member in good standing may submit a nomination for the Distinguished Service Award.
The AIA Chicago Board of Directors will review all nominations and select this year’s recipient(s). The winners will be notified in early November and recognized at the AIA Chicago Annual Meeting in December.
2021 Joan Pomaranc, Hon. AIA Chicago
2020 Paola Aguirre, Eleanor Gorski, AIA, Marc Teer, FAIA, & Black Spectacles
2019 Lee Bey
2018 Chicago Dept. of Buildings and AIA Chicago Dept. of Buildings Working Group
2017 Steven Weiss, FAIA, service on AIA Contract Documents Committee, Krisann Rehbein, ACE Mentor Program Chicago
2016 Jennifer Masengarb, Assoc. AIA, Chicago Architecture Foundation, I-NOMA, Illinois Chapter, National Organization of Minority Architects, Arquitectos Chicago
2015 Julie Bachrach, Chicago Park District, Mary Woolever, Ryerson-Burnham Library, The Art Institute of Chicago
2014 Geoffrey Baer, WTTW
2013 Mike Jackson, FAIA, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Kevin Pierce, AIA
2012 Paul Knight, AIA, Lynn Becker, Vincent Paglione
2011 Ken Dunn, Chicago Recycling Center, Joyce Fernandes, architreasures, Asif Rahman, Chicago Dept. of Buildings
2010 John Vinci, FAIA and Ward Miller, Jonathan Fine, AIA
2009 David Sharpe, IIT
2008 Roberta Feldman, PhD
2007 Paul Lurie, Esq., Lori Healey, Donna Robertson, FAIA, IIT
2006 Frank Heitzman, AIA, Erik Olsen, PE
2005 no award
2004 Neal David, AIA, Robert Piper, FAIA, AICP, Gerald Horn, FAIA
2003 Richard Solomon, FAIA, Arthur Salzman, AIA
2002 John "Jack" Bowman, AIA, Andrew Mendelson, FAIA
2001 John "Jack" Lesniak, AIA, James J. Lucas
2000 Colin C. Munro, A. A. "Sak" Sakhnovsky
1999 Edward Uhlir, FAIA, Leonard Peterson, FAIA
1998 Harold Olin, FAIA
1996-97 no awards
1995 Lois Weisberg, Commissioner, Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairso, Eva L. Maddox, Assoc. AIA, IIDA, Prof. Edward L. Deam, AIA
1994 Emil Pollack, Timothy Samuelson
1993 Seymour Persky, Esq.
1992 Turner Construction Company
1991 Wim de Wit, Chicago History Museum, Rev. Donald F. Rowe, S.J., John A. Holabird, Jr., FAIA
1990 Cynthia Weese, FAIA, Raymond A. Pigozzi, FAIA
1989. John F. "Jack" Hartray, Jr., FAIA, Leon M. Despres
1988 Paul D. McCurry, FAIA, Edward H. Matthei, FAIA, Chicago Women in Architecture
1987 C. William Brubaker, FAIA, Kenneth Johnson, William S. Donnell
1986 Dept. of Architecture, The Art Institute of Chicago
1985 Marian A. Despres, M. W. Newman, William A. Rooney
1984 Marilyn Whittlesey Hasbrouck, Benjamin H. Weese, FAIA
1983 Women's Architectural League, George E. Danforth, FAIA, Stanley Tigerman, FAIA, Philip F. Purcell
1982 Carter H. Manny, Jr., FAIA, Fazlur Khan
1981 Ira J. Bach, Harry Weese, FAIA, Hedrich Blessing photographers
1980 Alfred Caldwell, Matthew Rockwell, Paul Theobold & Co., Carl W. Condit, Franz Lipp
1978-79 no awards
1977 George Sample
1972-76 no awards
1971 Rob Cuscaden
1961-70 no awards
1960 W. S. Tyler Co., Illinois Bronze Works Inc., Borg-Warner Corp.
1959 Richard Lippold
1957-58 no awards
1956 Sylvia Shaw Judson, Caesar Fiochi Co., Ravenswood Tile Co.
1955 American Terra Cotta Co., Rippel Architectural Metals, Hagerstrom Metalcraft Studio, Hartman-Sanders Co., Woodwork Corp. of America