AIA Chicago Announces 2023 Lerch Bates People’s Choice Award Finalists as Public Voting Opens

Winners selected by the public in open voting will be announced on September 28 at Designight 2023, AIA Chicago’s signature award program, at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago’s Millennium Park

AIA Chicago, the second largest local chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the collective voice of over 4,000 licensed architects, emerging professionals, architecture students, and allied professionals, on Sep. 5 announced the finalists for the 2023 Lerch Bate People’s Choice Awards presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC). The winners, as selected by the public in open voting open now, will be announced at Designight 2023, AIA Chicago’s signature award program, held at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago’s Millennium Park on Thursday, September 28, 2023.

“Chicago is the city of architecture, and the AIA Chicago Lerch Bates People’s Choice Awards are a celebration of some of the best work in our city and across the country.” said AIA Chicago’s Executive Director Jen Masengarb. “Voted upon by the residents of Chicago who deeply care about design, these awards are a testament to the creativity, innovation, and dedication of local architects.”

These finalists’ designs were chosen by Chicago Architecture Center’s Docents in a round one jury review from 127 projects submitted for the AIA Chicago’s Design Excellence Awards. Starting today, the public can vote for their favorite architectural designs in nine categories by registering at Voting ends at 5:00pm on September 18. For more, see the Designight 2023 FAQ.

The finalists for the Lerch Bates People’s Choice Awards in nine categories are:


Chicago O’Hare International Airport Terminal 5 Extension, Muller & Muller, Ltd (M2) and HOK; Chicago Department of Aviation, Commissioner Jamie Rhee (Client), Chicago, IL

CTA Quincy Elevated Station Renovation / Restoration, EXP; Chicago Transit Authority (Client), Chicago Department of Transportation (Owner), Chicago, IL

LaGuardia Airport Terminal B, HOK; LaGuardia Gateway Partners (Client), Queens, NY

Navy Pier Flyover, Muller & Muller, Ltd (M2); Chicago Department of Transportation (Client), Chicago, IL

University of Illinois Health, Specialty Care Building, Shive Hattery, Inc; University of Illinois Health (Client), Chicago, IL


Al Wasl Plaza, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Expo 2020 Dubai LLC (Client), Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, Studio Gang, Design Architect and Architect of Record; Polk Stanley Wilcox, Associate Architect; Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts (Client), Little Rock, AR

Ford Calumet Environmental Center, Valerio Dewalt Train; Chicago Park District (Client), Chicago, IL

Pepper Family Wildlife Center, Goettsch Partners; Lincoln Park Zoo (Client), Chicago, IL

Steppenwolf Theatre Campus Expansion, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Client), Chicago, IL


IIT Mies Towers Renovation, Dirk Denison Architects; Illinois Institute of Technology (Client), Chicago, IL

Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory Building 201, CannonDesign; Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory (Client), Laurel, MD

Northwestern University Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center, Perkins&Will; Northwestern University (Client), Evanston, IL

University of Chicago Student Wellness Center, Wight & Company; University of Chicago (Client), Chicago, IL

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Campus Instructional Facility, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Client), Urbana, IL


125 High St. – Roof Terrace & Lounge, Krueck Sexton Partners; Tishman Speyer (Client), Boston, MA

345 North Morgan, Eckenhoff Saunders with Sterling Bay Design Studio; Sterling Bay (Client), Chicago, IL

Moxy Hotel Portland, DLR Group; Graves Hospitality (Client), Portland, OR

Rockwell on the River, Rosen Architecture; Prairie Management & Development (Client), Chicago, IL

Viceroy Chicago, Goettsch Partners; Convexity Properties (Client), Chicago, IL


INTRO, Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture; Harbor Bay Ventures (Client), Cleveland, OH

Lucy Gonzalez Parsons Apartments, LBBA; Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation (Client), Chicago, IL

Peabody School Apartments, Pappageorge Haymes Partners; Svigos Asset Management (Client), Chicago, IL

Pullman Artspace Lofts, Stantec Architecture Inc.; Pullman Artspace LLC (Client), Chicago, IL

Tribune Tower Conversion, Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB); Tribune Tower West, LLC (Client), Chicago, IL


SOM Chicago Studio Renovation, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Client), Chicago, IL

Kornberg Center, SmithGroup; Promega Corporation (Client), Fitchburg, WI

North Lawndale Employment Network, Wheeler Kearns Architects; North Lawndale Employment Network (Client), Chicago, IL

Uber – Chicago, Gensler; UberUber – Chicago (Client), Chicago, IL

Walgreens Old Post Office, Stantec Architecture Inc.; Walgreens Co. (Client), Chicago, IL


Casa Rosita, Via Chicago; Anonymous Client, Las Catalinas, Costa Rica

Chicago Residence, Wheeler Kearns Architects; Anonymous Client, Chicago, IL

Solar House, Booth Hansen; Anonymous Client, Chicago, IL

Susan’s House, Mary English and Xavier Vendrell Architects; Susan English (Client), San Antonio, TX

The Brickyard, dSPACE Studio Architects; Anonymous Client, Chicago, IL


Color Forward, DEW Design Company LLC; Anonymous Client, La Grange Park, IL

Lakeside Midcentury, Robbins Architecture; Celeste Robbins (Client), Southwest Michigan

Unit 8408, Vladimir Radutny Architects; Anonymous Client, Chicago, IL

Wicker Park Courtyard House, 34-TEN; Anonymous Client, Chicago, IL

Yannell PHIUS+ Residence, HPZS; Yannell Foundation for Sustainable Development (Client), Chicago, IL


320 South Canal – Union Station, Goettsch Partners; Riverside Investment & Development, Convexity Properties (Clients), Chicago, IL

465 N. Park, Pappageorge Haymes Partners; Jupiter Realty Company / MetLife Investment Management (Clients), Chicago, IL

Cirrus and Cascade Chicago, bKL Architecture; Lendlease Development (Client), Chicago, IL

One Chicago, Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and Goettsch Partners; JDL Development (Client), Chicago, IL

The St. Regis Chicago, Studio Gang, Design Architect; bKL Architecture, Architect of Record; Gensler, Hotel Architect; HBA, Interior Architect; Magellan Development Group (Client), Chicago, IL

“The CAC is honored to work with AIA Chicago to celebrate recent accomplishments in Chicago’s architecture,” said Eleanor Gorski, CEO and President of the Chicago Architecture Center. “Our docents are a passionate group of architecture enthusiasts and experts, and they were the perfect group to help narrow the field for public voting. We look forward to seeing who Chicagoans select as the best of the best.”

Other awards to be given at Designight 2023 on September 28 include the AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award given to Cynthia Weese, FAIA, the Design Excellence Awards (recognizing projects of all scales, from Architecture XS to XL, and Interior Architecture S to L), the Decarbonization Award, and the Roberta Feldman Architecture for Social Justice Award which is administered by the AIA Chicago Foundation.

Designight 2023
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
Millennium Park
205 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

Thursday, September 28, 2022
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with After Party to follow

To purchase Award Ceremony tickets beginning August 14 call or visit: or

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Harris Theater Address: 205 East Randolph Drive

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About AIA Chicago

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AIA Chicago is the local Chicago chapter of The American Institute of Architects. Based in Washington, D.C., the AIA has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857. Learn more by visiting

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Lerch Bates, headquartered in Denver, Colo., is a global technical consulting services firm with locations around the globe. For 75 years Lerch Bates has advised architects, developers, building investors, owners and managers on the design, construction, management optimization, modernization and sustainability of a wide spectrum of building systems for any size or type of building. Their specialties include vertical transportation, enclosures & structures, building logistics, facade access and forensics. For more information, visit