Cynthia Weese, FAIA; Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient 2023
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Lifetime Achievement Award

Founded in 2006, the AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award for the Profession of Architecture honors architects who have made enduring contributions to the built environment and have significantly influenced Chicago architecture, its community, and the profession.

Each calendar year, only one individual is chosen to receive this prestigious award. Any licensed architect who has practiced for 30 years or more and has been an AIA Chicago Member for 10 years or more may be nominated by any AIA Chicago Member for consideration for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Cynthia Weese, FAIA; 2023 Recipient

For nearly fifty years, Cynthia Weese has served the architectural profession as a reformer working to advance women in the field, as a design innovator in affordable housing, adaptive reuse and educational facilities, and as an academic visionary.

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Award Information

Phase 1: Nominations
Nomination Submission Window:

Week of April 15 to Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 5:00pm Central

Nominations may be submitted by any AIA Chicago Member, including self-nominations.

Phase 2: Finalists
Finalist Submission Window:
Wednesday, May 28 to June 21, 2024 at 5:00pm Central

Nominees who have been selected to move on to the finalist phase will be asked to provide additional information to be presented to the AIA Chicago Board of Directors.

Submission fee: Free to nominate and submit

2024 Rules and Regulations

Past Recipients

2023: Cynthia Weese, FAIA

2022: Ralph Johnson, FAIA

2021: Stuart Cohen, FAIA

2020: Philip C. Johnson, FAIA

2019: John Syvertsen, FAIA

2018: Peter Landon, FAIA

2017: Carol Ross Barney, FAIA
2016: Ron Krueck, FAIA
2015: Richard H. Driehaus
2014: John Vinci, FAIA
2013: Stanley Tigerman, FAIA
2012: Helmut Jahn, FAIA

2011: Ben Weese, FAIA

2010: Natalie de Blois, FAIA

2009: Daniel H. Burnham, FAIA, & Edward H. Bennet, FAIA
(Jointly and posthumously on the 100th anniversary of their plan of Chicago.)

2008: Gertrude Lempp Kerbis, FAIA

2007: John A. Holabird Jr., FAIA

2006: Walter Netsch, FAIA

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