Chicago architect John Vinci will receive this yearâ€™s lifetime achievement award from the AIAÂ Chicago,Â the local chapter announcedÂ in June.Â Vinciâ€™s work includes preservation activismâ€”he helped reconstruct Louis Sullivanâ€™s Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room inside the Art Institute of Chicagoâ€”and original designs like the Arts Club of Chicago and the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. He is a principal of the design firm Vinci Hamp Architects. Read More
Friday marked Designight 2012â€”AIA Chicagoâ€™s annual awards galaâ€”which brought nearly 1,000 members of the areaâ€™s design community together at Navy Pier to recognize 39 projects in four awards categories: Distinguished Building, Interior Architecture, Divine Detail, and Sustainability Leadership.
John Ronanâ€™s Poetry Foundation; Perkins+Willâ€™s Universidade Agostinho Neto in Luanda, Angola; Sheehan Partnersâ€™ Facebook Data Center in Prineville, Ore.; and David Woodhouse Architectsâ€™ Richard J. Daley Library IDEA Commons in Chicago (featured in the October Midwest issue of AN Midwest) were among the repeat winners of the night.
Helmut Jahn accepted a lifetime achievement award, calling on the designers present to imagine a better future and then â€œmake that future happen.â€ On behalf of his firm, Jahn also formally adopted the changes reported earlierâ€”a new name, JAHN, and the ascension of Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido to share design leadership with Jahn.
AIA Chicago will honor German-born architect Helmut Jahn later this month with a lifetime achievement award during its Designight event Oct. 26.
Jahn is president and CEO of Murphy/Jahn, a firm with a formidable track record Chicago, including U of C’s Mansueto Research Library, Oâ€™Hareâ€™s United Airlines Terminal and the state of Illinoisâ€™ Thompson Center. His work in Germany is also extensive, including the well-known Sony Center in Berlin and the Messeturm in Frankfurt.
Jahn will also receive a lifetime achievement award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Thursday. AIAâ€™s Designight is open to the public. Tickets are available atÂ aiachicago.orgÂ or by callingÂ (312) 376-2725.