Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture to Receive 2018 Firm of the Year


AIA Chicago announces the recipients of the 2018 Firm of the Year and Dubin Family Young Architect Awards

In an annual tradition of recognizing excellence in the architecture profession, AIA Chicago will award the 2018 Firm of the Year Award to Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture (HPA).

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.

For the last 31 years, HPA has been distinguished by the range and variety of projects accomplished that share a common sensibility toward placemaking. Their award-winning projects range from complex building rehabilitation of desolate landmarked structures to compelling new developments that are setting the bar for sustainability and marketplace success.

The award jury appreciated the broad range of project types completed by the firm. “Their work reaches people globally, but locally they reach people on all sides of the city—north, south, and west included,” commented one juror. “Their projects are current and relevant—building new spaces and keeping legacy buildings alive,” commented another.

HPA’s vast portfolio includes lauded projects like the Chicago Athletic Association hotel, impactful neighborhood restorations such as the Hairpin Lofts and Art Center in Logan Square, and the Google headquarters at 1K Fulton.

The jury was also impressed with the firm’s civic engagement activities, including job shadowing for high school and college students, as well as pro-bono services for nonprofit organizations.

James Plunkard, AIA, co-founder of HPA, sees the award as a part of a process. “Years spent working on historic and adaptive reuse projects have embedded a unique sense of problem-solving and a collaborative spirit into our DNA,” states Plunkard. “These projects have armed us well as we have moved into both larger, more complicated projects and new construction. Bringing a familial attitude and an aspiration to create something authentic, grounded in a site’s history and place, is fundamental. Receiving the Firm of the Year award is humbling and, we hope, a recognition of this ongoing process.”





Dubin Family Young Architect Award

AIA Chicago also announces that Matthew McGrane, AIA, will receive the 2018 Dubin Family Young Architect Award. Established in 1983 and administered by the AIA Chicago Foundation, the award recognizes 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. Thanks to the generosity of the late M. David Dubin, FAIA, his family and friends, this award has been endowed with a cash prize.

McGrane is the Studio Director at Farr Associates.  As an architect, he has designed and successfully implemented highly-sustainable projects at multiple scales including master planning, build-to-suit architecture, and interiors. His work also includes myriad volunteer service projects, including involvement in Architects in Schools, JET, Archeworks, Open Hand Studio and the ACE Mentorship Program.

“We were very impressed with Matthew’s acts of volunteerism that demonstrate his commitment to equitable design,” commented one juror. “He has made a lasting impact on his firm and profession.”

“I am thrilled to be this year’s recipient of the Dubin Family Young Architect Award,” states McGrane. “I feel this award is an important acknowledgment of the power of sustainable equitable design. Ultimately, this award is less about me as an individual and more about recognizing the ways that architecture can make a broader impact in our communities.”

Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and Matthew McGrane will be recognized at AIA Chicago’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Holiday Party on December 5, 2018 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Buy your tickets today!