Award Programs

DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARDS

To embrace and recognize all projects, teams, and budgets of all scales, we have restructured the awards format. This year, there will be one awards program, called the Design Excellence Awards, and it will encompass the previous Small Project Awards and Design Excellence Awards. This event will be hosted at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on Monday, September 12, 2022.

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AIA CHICAGO LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Started in 2006, the AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award honors those who have made a lasting impact on the practice, the profession and the built environment.

Previous Lifetime Achievement Award winners.


AIA CHICAGO FIRM OF THE YEAR AWARD

The AIA Chicago Firm of the Year 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, and the ongoing contributions of the firm to the advancement of the architectural profession.

Firm principal(s) must be a member of AIA Chicago. Successor firms may be considered, as long as the collective body of work presented is that of a majority of the remaining principals.

Submissions closed.

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Previous Firm of the Year Award winners.

AIA CHICAGO DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

Since 1955, the Board of Directors of AIA Chicago has recognized individuals and organizations who have
given outstanding service to the Chicago architectural community as a whole, including service to the
profession, public service, and education.

This award is not necessarily presented 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, craftspersons, educators, authors, journalists, and organizations of various types.

Check back for submission guidelines and deadlines.

Previous Distinguished Service Award winners.

YOUNG ARCHITECT AWARD - AIA Chicago Foundation

AIA Chicago’s Young Architect Award was established in 1983 to recognize excellence in ability and exceptional contributions by Chicago area architects between the ages of twenty-five and thirty-nine OR licensed 10 years or fewer. In 2003, the Young Architect Award was renamed the Dubin Family Young Architect Award. Thanks to the generosity of the late M. David Dubin, FAIA, his family and friends, this award has been endowed with a cash prize. This award is administered by the AIA Chicago Foundation.

Submissions open until September 15

View Demystifying the Dubin Family Young Architect Award PowerPoint.   

Review examples of successful submissions:  Chris-Annmarie Spencer, AIA - 2015; Vladimir Radutny, AIA - 2016;  Anthony Viola, AIA - 2017; Matthew McGrane, AIA - 2018; Heidi Wang, AIA - 2020

Previous Young Architect Award winners.


CHICAGO AWARD IN ARCHITECTURE - STUDENT AWARD

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, Second Place is awarded $300, and Third Place is awarded $200.

2020 winners

2018 winners

2017 winners


MARTIN ROCHE TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP – AIA Chicago Foundation

Established in 1926 by architect Martin Roche, and administered by the AIA Chicago Foundation, the Martin Roche Travel Scholarship gives a student the opportunity to independently study architecture abroad.

A grant of $6000 is available to students enrolled in an NCARB accredited architecture program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Technology or the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Submissions open through April 19, 2022

Previous Martin Roche Travel Scholarship recipients.