TradeMark is the IIDA Illinois Chapter’s first inaugural logo design competition! Our event logos need a cohesive brand and we want YOU, the most talented design community, to help us recreate them. The logos will be featured in all of our printed and digital graphic materials for 2018 calendar year. The winner will receive an official IIDA announcement, bragging rights and did we forget to mention a $1000 reward?! Click here for entry guidelines and submissions!


Stitch is an annual competition bringing design and manufacturing firms together to create garments made from the manufacturers’ materials. Models strut the runway in the garments to be judged by three local professionals that are acknowledged in the design community with hopes of receiving one of the coveted awards at the end of the evening.

2017 Winners:

Best of Show | Crown Award: Perkins Eastman & Creative Materials Corp.
Best Use of Materials | Glitz Award: Maya Romanoff & Rightsize
Best Concept to Creation | Mystic Award: Eckenhoff Saunders Architects & DL Couch

RED | Recognizing Exemplary Design


The IIDA Illinois Chapter would like to thank those firms that entered one or more submissions for the fifth annual Recognizing Exemplary Design Awards. Entrants submitted projects that were completed in the past two years in categories ranging from commercial to residential and more. 91 submissions were entered, and 13 winners were awarded at the RED Awards ceremony on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the Chicago Cultural Center.



The Leaders Breakfast series began as a single event, launched in New York, and in 2001 expanded into what is now an international program. Leaders Breakfast series celebrate regional successes and one individual who most embodies a design industry Leader.

Past Honorees include:

2001 Gary Wheeler, FIIDA, Gensler
2002 Eva Maddox, FIIDA, Perkins+Will
2003 Cary Johnson, FIIDA, Gensler
2004 Neil Frankel, FIIDA, FAIA
2005 Gary Lee, Assoc. IIDA, Gary Lee Partners
2006 Mark Stenftenagel, Assoc. IIDA, Whitney
2007 Donald Powell & Robert Kleinschmidt, Powell + Kleinschmidt
2008 Nicholas J. Luzietti, FIIDA, AIA, VOA
2009 Chris Kennedy, President, Merchandise Mart Properties
2010 Carlos Martinez, IIDA, Gensler
2011 Gina Berndt, IIDA, Perkins+Will
2012 Jaime Velez, FIIDA, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
2013 Nila R. Leiserowitz, FASID, IIDA, Gensler
2014 Holly Hunt, HOLLY HUNT
2015 The Graham Foundation
2016 Eileen Jones, IIDA, LEED AP, AIGA, SEGD
2017 Tom Marquardt, IIDA, SBID, AMA-EC


Cary Johnson, FIIDA
Nicholas Luzietti, FIIDA
Eva Maddox, FIIDA
Carlos Martinez, FIIDA
Margaret McCurry, FIIDA
Jaime Velez, FIIDA
Gary Wheeler, FIIDA, FASID


2013 Michelle Rust
2011 Carrie Fitzpatrick
2011 Claudia Peebles

Illinois Chapter Education Fund

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