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Chicago Award in Architecture: AIA Chicago Student Award Competition Winners Announced

The Chicago Award in Architecture is a juried competition of student projects. Recognition is given, at the jury's discretion, for First, Second, and Third Place and for Honorable Mentions. The project awarded First Place is honored with the the Benn-Johnck Award, in the amount of $500.

This year, the University of Illinois at Chicago's Kevin Pazik was awarded the Johnck award for "Nine Little Worlds," a fantastical plan that transforms the wasted spaces around O'hare International Airport into a public amenity. "The project very clearly presents a critical piece of infrastructure we all know in the city, and brings a sense of place back [to it]," said a juror. "It's something you can see getting built," added another.

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Second place was awarded to Washington University's Lauren Harrison for her Center for Aerial Arts. Ho Yeung Chau, also a Washington University student, won third place for Velocity Harmonizing Pulses of the Suburban Symphony.

Honorable mentions were awarded to:

Clint Arlis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Meadowbrook Children's Art Museum

Loren Johnson, Judson University
Fox River Valley Biodiversity Research & Discovery Center

Ryan Hernandez, University of Illinois at Chicago
Ash Park Cemetery