Friday / November 13, 2020 / 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Designight 2020

Join AIA Chicago for Designight 2020—Held Virtually!

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AIA Chicago celebrates the 65th annual Designight, honoring the recipients of the Design Excellence Awards. Watch the premier design awards event of the year from the comfort of your own home or office.

3:30 PM Virtual Pre-Party Cocktail Hour, sponsored by Petersen Aluminum | PAC-CLAD
4:15 PM Awards                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6:00 PM After-Party, sponsored by EXP and featuring music by Fred Brandstrader, AIA, and Ed Torrez, AIA!

2020 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: PhilLip C. Johnson, FAIA

Phillip Craig Johnson, Johnson & Lee, Ltd. has 44 years of experience in a variety of architectural areas prior to and since co-founding the firm in 1983. In May 2005, Mr. Johnson was elevated by the American Institute of Architects to the College of Fellows. Mr. Johnson served on the Board of The American Institute of Architects Chicago as an advisor to the Board of The Illinois Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (INOMA). 

As one of Johnson & Lee’s design principals, Mr. Johnson earned the Chicago AIA Chapter Design Excellence Award and also the Driehaus Neighborhood Design Awards. Johnson & Lee, Ltd. is one of a small number of Chicago owned African-American architectural firms to achieve such prestigious awards as lead designers. 

“I am truly humbled by this award. Architecture is a complex art form that relies on the collaboration of many,” commented Johnson. “This achievement would not have been possible without the support family, partners, team members and clients—all who are willing to give a firm of color the opportunity to lead design programs to build and improve urban communities.”

Mr. Johnson is a member of the Art Institute of Chicago Leadership Advisory Committee, BLC Business Leadership Council, Trinity United Church of Christ, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity (founder Psi Gamma Chapter). He formerly served on Boards or Member to: Chicago Architecture Club, Newhouse Architecture Committee, Near South Planning Board, Archeworks Board, City Club of Chicago, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Masters of Fine Art Program, Advisory Board for Columbia College Art & Design Department, AIA Chicago Board of Directors and the Chicago Historical Society Architectural Alliance, among myriad other contributions to the architectural profession.

Thank you to our 2020 Designight Sponsors:




dbHMS || Eriksson Engineering Associates || FGMK || JoChicago || LightHive || Magnusson Klemencic Associates || Norcon Inc. || Pepper Construction || Solomon Cordwell Buenz || The School of the Art Institute of Chicago AIADO ||

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