ALA Announces Winners in 20th Annual Design Award Competition

412 N. Wells St., Chicago, Don Erickson Presidential Award and Gold Award Winner;
designed by Andrew Myren and David Genc, Hirsch MPG, Chicago

A building partially nestled under Chicago's “L” tracks, an iconic couture fashion house and a cancer pavilion with a holistic focus took top honors at the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA) 20th Annual Design Awards, which recognized projects for design and construction achievement.

A total of 25 Presidential, Gold, Silver and Merit Awards were presented in commercial, institutional, residential, religious, interior and unbuilt categories. Two entries received the President's Award of Recognition, chosen by ALA President Jeff Budgell for design excellence.

The highest honor, the Don Erickson Presidential Award, went to 412 N. Wells St. in Chicago, a joint project of Hubbard Street Group and Centrum Real Estate and Development. The nine-story building, designed by Andrew Myren and David Genc of Hirsch MPG, Chicago, features a curved reflective glass façade reflecting both the neighborhood and the trains rumbling by, while establishing a new landscaped and illuminated pedestrian path directly below. The project was lauded by the judges for the symbiotic relationship between the building and the “L” train tracks, noting the clever integration of Chicago's “L” train into the design, the smart elevation and the success of the design as an urban presence.  The project also received a Gold Award in the Commercial category.

“All three of this year's Gold Award winners excelled in incorporating their environments into the design in a synergistic and innovative way, ” said Joanne Sullivan, ALA Executive Director.

Gold Award winners also included: Asplundh Cancer Pavilion, Willow Grove, PA, EwingCole Architects, Philadelphia, PA and Christian Dior, Chicago, IL, Myefski Architects, Chicago, IL.

Architects, contractors, owners/developers and guests attended the recent award presentation; emcee was Anthony Costello, FAIA, Irving Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Ball State University.

ALA 2018 Design Awards entries were evaluated by a panel of judges, including Michael Flynn, ALA, AIA, NCARB, Byce & Associates, Kalamazoo, MI; Todd Halamka, AIA LEED AP, Todd Halamka + Partners, Chicago, IL; Kristin Jones, Ph.D., R.A., Studio Integra Ltd., Oak Park, IL; Elizabeth McNicholas, ALA, AIA, LEED AP, MGLM Architects, Chicago, IL and Jeffrey Roberts, ALA, NCARB, New World Design, Chicago, IL.

The Presidential Award is named for the founder and first president of ALA, Don Erickson (1929 – 2006), who formed the association in 1998, and was a student and protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright.

2018 ALA Design Award Winners

Presidential Award/Gold Award

Category: Commercial

412 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL

Hirsch MPG LLC, Chicago, IL

Andrew Myren and David Genc, Designers

Harken Interiors, Interior Designer

Linn Mathes Inc., Contractor

Hubbard Street Group and Centrum Real Estate and Development, Owner

Gold Awards

Asplundh Cancer Pavilion, Willow Grove, PA


Category: Institutional

Asplundh Cancer Pavilion, Willow Grove, PA

EwingCole, Philadelphia, PA

Saul Jabbawy, Designer

L.F. Driscoll, Contractor

Abington-Jefferson Health, Owner

Category: Commercial

Christian Dior, Chicago, IL

Myefski Architects, Inc., Chicago, IL

Christian Dior and Myefski Architects, Designers

Crane Construction Co., Contractor

Christian Dior, Owner

Silver Awards

Category: Interior Architecture

3Eleven Tower, Chicago, IL

JGMA, Chicago, IL

JGMA, Designer

Power Construction, Contractor

The John Buck Company, Owner

Category: Residential 2

A Safe Haven: Affordable Veterans Housing, Melrose Park, IL

UrbanWorks, Ltd., Chicago, IL

UrbanWorks: Patricia Saldana Natke, Robert Natke, Erick Roldan and Jose Esquinca, Designers

Skender Construction, Contractor

A Safe Haven, Owner


Category: Interior Architecture

Atlas Financial Corporate Headquarters, Schaumburg, IL

Shive-Hattery, Chicago, IL

Shive-Hattery, Designer

Power Construction, Contractor

Atlas Financial, Owner

Category: Commercial

M.C. Machinery, Elk Grove Village, IL

Heitman Architects, Inc., Itasca, IL

Karl Heitman, Designer

Opus, Contractor

M.C. Machinery (Mitsubishi), Owner

Category: Religious

Sanctuary Covenant Church, Minneapolis, MN

Station 19 Architects, Inc., Minneapolis, MN

Nicole Thompson, ALA, Designer

Mandy McCulley, Project Manager

Watson-Forsberg, Contractor

Sanctuary Covenant Church, Owner

Category: Residential I

Sunfish Lake Residence, Minneapolis, MN

Peterssen/Keller Architecture, Minneapolis, MN

Gabriel Keller, Lars Peterssen, Bob LeMoine, Cynthia Burns, Ted Martin, Designers

Elevation Homes, Contractor

Merit Awards

Category: Residential 2

3400 N. Lincoln (Centrum Lakeview), Chicago, IL

Hirsch MPG, LLC, Chicago, IL

Hirsch MPG LLC - David Genc and Andrew Myren, Designers

Arco-Murray Design-Build, Contractor

Hubbard Street Group and Centrum Real Estate and Development, Owners

Category: Commercial

7954 Harwood Avenue Building, Wauwatosa, WI

Groth Design Group, Milwaukee. WI

Mike Groth, AIA, Designer

Beeler Construction, Contractor

Luther Group, LLC, Owner

Category: Institutional

Animal Care Center of Downers Grove, Downers Grove, IL

Linden Group Architects, Inc., Orland Park, IL

Linden Group Architects, Designers

RWE Construction, Contractor

Anthony Kremer, DVM, Owner

Category: Residential 2

Artspace Hastings River Lofts, Hastings, MN

UrbanWorks Architecture LLC, Chicago, IL

David Miller, ALA, AIA, LEED AP, Designer

Loeffler Construction, Contractor

Artspace Projects, Inc., Owner

Category: Residential 1

Barone Addition, St. Charles, IL

Tandem Architecture and Construction, Chicago, IL

Christopher Walsh, Designer

Chris Barone, Owner

Category: Unbuilt

Blue Line Visioning, Chicago, IL

Muller & Muller, Ltd., Chicago, IL

David A. Steele, Designer
Chicago Transit Authority, Owner

Category: Institutional

Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, Waukegan, IL

JGMA, Chicago, IL

JGMA, Designer

McShane Construction, Contractor

Cristo Rey St, Martin, Owner

Category: Interior Architecture

Data Strategy, Grand Rapids, MI

Ghafari Associates, Grand Rapids, MI

Andrew Eckert and Lynn Hollander, Designers

Pinnacle Construction, Contractor

Data Strategy, Owner

Category: Residential I

Engine 86, Chicago, IL

SMNG A Ltd., Chicago, IL

Ken Schroeder and Ann Temple, Designers

Intergro Rehab, Contractor

Ken Schroeder and Ann Temple, Owner

Category: Commercial

Hotel EMC2, Chicago, IL

KOO LLC, Chicago, IL

KOO LLC, Designer

Pepper Construction, Contractor

SMASHotels, Owner


Category: Institutional

Illinois High Speed Carlinville Station, Carlinville, IL

Muller & Muller, Ltd., Chicago, IL

David A. Steele, Designer

Plocher Construction, Contractor

City of Carlinville, Owner


Category: Commercial

Ipsento 606, Chicago, IL

Elements Architectural Group, Oak Park, IL

William Scholtens - Elements Architectural Group, Designer

Wes Oaks, Contractor

Tim Taylor, Owner

Category: Institutional

New area office - DNR Fish and Wildlife Division, Glenwood, MN

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Peter K. Paulson, ALA with Jancis Curiskis, Designers

Kraus Anderson, Contractor

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Owner

Category: Interior Architecture

Olive Harvey Math Emporium, Chicago, IL

KOO LLC, Chicago, IL

KOO LLC, Designer

City Colleges of Chicago, Owner

Category: Residential 1

Private Residence, Winnetka, IL

Myefski Architects, Inc., Chicago, IL

John Myefski, Designer

Fischer Fine Home Building, Inc., Contractor

Category: Religious

St. Clement Parish Center, Chicago, IL

SMNG A Ltd., Chicago, IL

Todd Niemiec and Ken Schroeder, Designers

Norcon, Contractor

Archdiocese of Chicago, Owner

President's Award of Recognition

Category: Commercial

Educational Employees Credit Union, Sanger Branch, Sanger, CA

Dyson Janzen Architects, Inc., Fresno, CA

Arthur Dyson, Designer

Target Constructors, Inc., Contractor

Educational Employees Credit Union, Owners

Category: Residential I

Harmonic Winds House, Geneva, IL

West Studio, Ltd., Architects, Elmhurst, IL

Stephen Jaskowiak, Designer

West Studio Construction Services, Inc., Contractor

Dale & Teresa Muir, Owner