The Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Chicago) announced their 60th iteration of their annual Design Excellence Awards. Thirty-six projects were honored for their design ingenuity in four different categories, which include Distinguished Building, Interior Architecture, Divine Detail, and the 10-year award—a newly added category recognizing a decade-old building for its lasting performance. Four separate juries comprised of architects from across the country judged a total of 283 entries. Twenty of the winning projects can be found in Chicago.

During the awards presentation, which took place on Friday, Oct. 23, at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom in Chicago, the local chapter presented ten Honor Awards—the highest distinction within the program. They also awarded 23 Citation of Merit awards in each category, and one Special Recognition for Design Excellence. The 10-Year Award was given to The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, located in Millennium Park.

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Distinguished Building Honor Awards

Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, in Kalamazoo, Mich., by Studio Gang Architects

Northeastern Illinois University El Centro, in Chicago, by JGMA

Richard Barnes

The Genevieve and Wayne Gratz Center, in Chicago, by Gensler

DePaul University, Theatre School, Location: Chicago IL, Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli
© Jeff Goldberg/Esto DePaul University, Theatre School, Location: Chicago IL, Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli

The Theatre School at DePaul University, in Chicago, by CannonDesign and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

James and Connor Steinkamp

United States Coast Guard Headquarters, in Washington, D.C., by Perkins+Will and WDG Architecture

Interior Honor Awards

James Steinkamp Photography

Case Western Reserve University Tinkham Veale University Center, in Cleveland, Ohio, by Perkins+Will and CBLH Architects

Lambert Field St. Louis
James Steinkamp Photography Lambert Field St. Louis

Lambert - St. Louis International Airport Terminal 1 Renovation, in St. Louis, by exp US Services and KAI

Devine Detail Honor Awards

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Ignite Glass Studios, in Chicago, by Epstein

Shanghai Natural History Museum
James and Connor Steinkamp Shanghai Natural History Museum

Shanghai Natural History Museum, in Shanghai, China, by Perkins+Will

10-Year Award

The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, in Chicago, by HBRA Architects