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.

IIDA Leaders Breakfast


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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