Offshore at Navy Pier

Offshore at Navy Pier, KOO; Photo: Anthony Tahlier

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.

Award Information

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.

Rules and Eligibility
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KOO, 2023 Recipient

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Offshore at Navy Pier
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    2023 Jury

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    Paul De Santis, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

    Partner, Goettsch Partners

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    Peter Exley, FAIA, RIBA

    Director, Architecture Is Fun, Inc.

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    Doug Farr, FAIA

    Founding Principal, Farr Associates

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    Debbie Saad, AIA, LEED AP

    Associate Director, bKL Architecture

    Chris-Annmarie Spencer

    Chris-Annmarie Spencer, AIA, NOMA

    Principal, Wheeler Kearns Architects

    Past 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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