Chicago Architecture News


2018 Design Excellence Award Winners Announced

33 projects from firms with local and national reach honored at annual celebration The Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Chicago) honored exceptional architectural projects at Designight 2018, the organization’s 63rd annual Design Excellence Awards ceremony and celebration. More than 1,000 architecture, engineering and construction industry leaders and professionals attended this year’s event at Navy Pier, which was hosted by Chicago television personality, producer and WTTW host, Geoffrey Baer. 



Disruptive Design Competition: New solutions for affordable housing

Disruptive Design A new architecture competition asks architects to disrupt conventional housing design, creating next-generation starter homes OCTOBER 1, 2018—Where have all the starter homes gone? Rising costs associated with building new homes for Chicagoans – from skyrocketing land values to unpredictable construction costs – have led to fewer starter homes on the market and a sense that new homes are only available to those with considerable financial means. To help rebuild this vital housing stock, a committee of allied organizations has launched Disruptive Design: a design competition that challenges architects to envision forward-thinking, viable solutions of building affordable housing.



Call for Nominations: 2019 Board of Directors

To assist the Nominating Committee in preparing a slate of nominees with complimentary aptitudes for the Board of Directors and Foundation Board or identify potential candidates for participation in our Knowledge Communities and Board Committees, please submit a letter of interest to address any of the relevant points below. Please emphasize those areas in which you feel you have particular strengths or unique offerings. There is no expectation that everyone will have something to offer in each area. Feel free to describe any other characteristics not listed here that you feel might be of benefit to either of the boards noted above or Committee appointments.



Affiliate Member Spotlight

Affiliate members are invaluable to the architecture community. Contractors, insurance agents, product representatives, manufacturers, real estate professionals, and more make up this group of individuals and firms that support AIA Chicago's tours, programs and parties. 



Reimagining Beaubien Woods

With nature in mind, architects, urban planners, city officials, community members collaborate to envision a vibrant and connected future for the far-South Side. How can improving access to forest preserve natural areas improve quality of life and play a role in unifying the South Side of Chicago? Beaubien Woods Forest Preserve sits adjacent to five communities on the southernmost edge of the city and next to the Little Calumet River. Complete with a boat launch, youth programming—and, in proximity to regional biking trails—the woods are rife with possibility. Yet the area remains secluded and underserved, risking isolation from the new civic and cultural developments soon coming to the South Side.


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