Offshore at Navy Pier, KOO; Photo: Anthony Tahlier
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.
Submissions Open: Late January, 2024
Submissions Close: Late February, 2024
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: Submitted by firms and selected by a jury of previous recipients.
KOO, 2023 Recipient
Paul De Santis, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Partner, Goettsch Partners
Peter Exley, FAIA, RIBA
Director, Architecture Is Fun, Inc.
Doug Farr, FAIA
Founding Principal, Farr Associates
Debbie Saad, AIA, LEED AP
Associate Director, bKL Architecture
Chris-Annmarie Spencer, AIA, NOMA
Principal, Wheeler Kearns Architects
2022 none (changed schedule to better align with Designight)
2021 Optima, Inc.
2020 bKL Architecture, LLC
2019 Brininstool + Lynch
2018 Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture
2016 Wheeler Kearns Architects
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
2004 Krueck & Sexton Architects
2003 Daniel P. Coffey & Associates
2002 Teng & Associates
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
1991 Decker and Kemp Architecture and Urban Design