For many architects, Chicago has been a destination for architecture. We have made our careers in a city centered on high-quality design. Working in Chicago, directly out of college, was a graduate program in and of itself, where one was exposed to building styles, systems and processes that expanded our horizons and our minds.
That culture continues today. The quality of design, coupled with technical expertise, makes Chicago a laboratory for the profession's best practices. With the 2002 Design Excellence Awards, we celebrate the work of our peers who maintain and advance these traditions.
The design awards are granted in three categories: distinguished building, interior architecture and unbuilt design. There were 266 entries this year, representing local, national and international projects designed by Chicago firms. The juries selected seven Honor Awards, 20 Citations of Merit, and six Special Recognition Awards.
I extend my congratulations to each firm that entered this year's competition, and especially to the winners.
Jonathan L. Fischel, AIA