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Driehaus Awards Celebrate 25 Years of Architectural Excellence in Community Design

August, 2022
First place Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design winner, the Ford Calumet Environmental Center.Photo: Tom Harris Photography

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago hosted the annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards this June at the South Shore Cultural Center to recognize outstanding Chicago community development projects and the organizations behind them.  

This year’s awards also celebrated 25 years of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Architectural Excellence in Community Design.  These awards originated with the visionary understanding that inspiring architecture in Chicago’s neighborhoods conveys dignity and respect for residents and enriches their daily lives.  Over the years, 76 outstanding community development projects have been awarded for their superior architecture and ability to foster good design as part of the development process.  

Several years ago, Richard H. Driehaus reflected, "When we initiated the Driehaus Awards, our intentions were to assert that the built environments of neighborhoods are as important as that of the city center.  That urban design, which nurtures and enhances, is not necessarily a matter of money but of thought and respect." 

In recognition of his commitment to Chicago residents and ability to influence design in neighborhood development projects, LISC Chicago honored Mr. Driehaus and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation with the Richard M. Daley Friend of the Neighborhood Award.  Each year, this recognition is presented to an institution that has demonstrated a distinctive, unparalleled, and enduring commitment to the residents and neighborhoods of Chicago.

2022 Winners

First Place

Ford Calumet Environmental Center, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates 

Second Place

Altgeld Family Resource Center, Koo LLC 

Third Place (tied)

SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, JGMA

McCrory Senior Apartments, Landon Bone Baker Architects

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