2023 Recipient, KOO; Photo by Stephanie Jensen

Firm Award

The AIA Chicago Firm Award was established in 1991 to recognize outstanding achievements and excellence in the body of work produced by a firm over a period of time, the distinctive characteristics of a firm and its operations, and the ongoing contributions of the firm to the advancement of the architectural profession. Firms of all sizes are encouraged to apply.

The purpose of the AIA Chicago Firm Award is to recognize outstanding achievements by a firm; excellence in the body of work produced by a firm over the last ten years; the contribution made by a firm to the advancement of the architectural profession in the areas of design, research, planning, technology, and architectural practice; and distinctive characteristics or personality of a firm and its operations.

Award Information

Submissions Open: Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Submissions Close: Friday, March 29, 2024, 11:59 PM central

Submission Fee: $50

Eligibility: AIA Chicago member. Successor firms may be considered if the collective body of work presented is that of most of the remaining principals. While the jury will examine the entire history of the firm, close attention will be given to the work of the past ten (10) years. Past award winning firms are eligible to re-apply after 10 years.

Selection Process: The Firm Award is selected by a jury of peers comprised of representatives from past Firm Award recipients, and other peers operating across the country.

Rules and Eligibility

2024 Firm Award Jury

Jackie Koo

Jackie Koo, AIA
Chicago, IL
Jury Chair

Trish Girdwood

Trish Girdwood, AIA
Chicago, IL

Headshot of Michael Hines

Michael Hines, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture
Chicago, IL

Headshot of Saundra Lee

Saundra Little, FAIA, LEED AP
Quinn Evans
Detroit, MI


Carmen Vidal-Hallett, Intl. Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
COAM, EcoVidalDesign, Inc.
Chicago, IL

Past AIA Chicago Firm Award Recipients

2023    KOO

2022   none (changed schedule to better align with Designight)

2021    Optima, Inc.

2020   bKL Architecture, LLC

2019   Brininstool + Lynch

2018   Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture

2017   architectureisfun

2016   Wheeler Kearns Architects

2015   Perkins&Will

2014   Landon Bone Baker Architects

2013   Goettsch Partners

2012   Farr Associates

2011   Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

2010   Tigerman McCurry Architects

2009   Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan McKay Penney

2008   DeStefano Partners

2007   David Woodhouse Architects

2006   none

2005   none

2004   Krueck & Sexton Architects

2003   Daniel P. Coffey & Associates

2002   Teng & Associates

2001   none

2000  none

1999   Valerio Dewalt Train and Associates

1998   OWP & P

1997   Booth Hansen

1996   Wheeler Kearns Architects

1995   Ross Barney + Jankowski, Inc.

1994   Hammond, Beeby and Babka, Inc.

1993   Lohan Associates

1992   Perkins&Will

1991   Decker and Kemp Architecture and Urban Design

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