2015 Chicago Student Awards in Architecture Winners Announced


Each year, AIA Chicago convenes a jury to award The Chicago Award in Architecture, a competition of student projects. The project awarded first place is honored with the the Benn-Johnck Award, in the amount of $500.

This year, the Benn-Johnck Award was given to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee tandem Daniel Causier and Matt Moulis for their project, "Restraining Order: An Urban Capuchin Monastery."

"Restraining Order: An Urban Capuchin Monastery" is focused on the design of a monastery for Capuchin Franciscan friars in Milwaukee’s central city. The complex was designed  to occupy an entire city block and contain living units for 25 friars plus guest accommodations, as well as a church and cloister, a small library, a soup kitchen, a homeless shelter, a health clinic and a cemetery space for deceased friars. The program also called for 50,000 square feet of orchard and gardens intended for growing fruit and vegetables to supplement the friary and community kitchens.

"It’s simple and elegant. Very well-thought-out design concept," a juror said. "It evokes a peaceful urban setting."

Download the full "Restraining Order" plan here.

Second place was given to the "Detroit Market Hall" plan from IIT students Sepideh Asadi Jouzani and Melina de Oliveira. The plan, called a "topical design problem and concept" by a juror, re-imagines the fallow and infamous Packard Automotive Plant into a thriving community hub of "agriculture, digital manufacturing and culinary skills." 

Download the "Detroit Market Hall" plan here.

Third place was awarded to "Riyadh General Hospital," a proposal from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign students Joshua Chen and Jienan Zhang. "A sophisticated solution that grapples with religion and gender issues," was how a juror characterized the plan to bring a new hospital typology to Saudi Arabia's capital city.

Download the "Riyadh General Hospital" plan here.

An honorable mention was given to Washington University's Joe DiBella for his "Industrial Park" design, a plan to revision the industrial and ecological processes associated with rain- and wastewater catchment along riparian corridors in and around St. Louis. 

Download the "Industrial Park" plan here.