The Firm Award was established in 1991 to recognize a single practice for outstanding achievement in the profession. Often recognized with other honors and awards, the winning firm is selected for its ongoing excellence in design, building, technology, planning, and research and for its notable efforts to advance the architectural profession.
The Young Architect Award was established in 1981 to recognize individuals between 29 and 39 years of age who have demonstrated, through their practice and professional service, general excellence and exceptional promise. Winning candidates are selected because they have been recommended as superior by established members of the architectural community.
Since 1955, AIA Chicago has recognized individuals and organizations that have given outstanding service to the Chicago architectural community, including service to the profession, public service, and education. This award is not necessarily given every year.
Individuals, associations, AIA Chicago members, and members of the Chicago community at large are eligible for this award. Past honorees have included architects, craftsperson, educators, authors, journalists, and organizations of various types. AIA Chicago members are responsible for nominating candidates; award recipients are chosen by the Chapter's board of directors.