SAH Awards Gala










SAH 7th Annual Awards Gala
Friday, November 4, 2016, 6:00–9:00 pm
The Racquet Club of Chicago, 1365 N Dearborn Street
Tickets $175 per person

The Society of Architectural Historians will present its 2016 Awards for Architectural Excellence at the 7th annual SAH Awards Gala on Friday, November 4, 2016. The awards represent a unique coming together of architectural practice and academic study, honoring the contributions of individual projects to our built environment. Proceeds from the gala benefit the Society's educational mission and the ongoing restoration of SAH's headquarters, the Landmark Charnley-Persky House. For more information, call 312.573.1365.


​Excellence in Architectural Stewardship


Born and raised in Chicago, Richard H. Driehaus founded Driehaus Capital Management LLC in 1982 and has focused attention and energy on a wide variety of philanthropy and community service. Driehaus has a personal interest and commitment to design excellence and historic preservation as indicated by his involvement in a wide variety of projects, through his personal gifts, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust. His commitment to this area stems from a focus on the “built environment” and his belief in the need to bring progressive design principles to people and projects that otherwise could not afford them. 

Driehaus’ historic preservation efforts in Chicago have included the restoration of the Ransom Cable House and the historic Nickerson Mansion, and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation has made major contributions for the restoration of Old St. Patrick’s Church and St. Ignatius College Preparatory School.  He has been involved in the preservation and restoration of historic homes in the Bronzeville and Prairie Avenue districts of Chicago, and with a variety of religious-oriented restoration projects. In addition, the Foundation has funded several landscape and greening-oriented efforts, including a design competition for the garden at Chicago’s Millennium Park, the restoration of the Caldwell Lily Pool in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, and the restoration and programs of the Garfield Park Conservatory. Driehaus is also a supporter of programs in the U.S. Virgin Islands that preserve history, cultural heritage and historic structures as well as economic and educational initiatives.  

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation seeks to improve the built environment, to enhance the city through the arts, to use investigative reporting to strengthen our democracy, and to ameliorate the effects of low wages. Read more about their ambitious projects.

Excellence in Public Engagement with the Built Environment


Since 2006, Sarah Herda has been director of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation is the largest foundation in the United States committed to awarding project-based grants to individuals and institutions working at the forefront of architecture; it also produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. Herda is credited with transforming the foundation’s headquarters, the historic Madlener House, into a world-class public venue for architecture exhibitions and building one of Chicago’s most celebrated venues for public programs.

Alongside co-artistic director Joseph Grima, Herda organized the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2015, the largest international exhibition of contemporary architecture ever to have taken place in North America. The global event—a platform for groundbreaking architectural projects that demonstrated how creativity and innovation can radically transform our lived experience—featured 120 participating architecture and design offices contributing 93 projects from more than 30 countries. 

From 1998 until 2006, Herda was director and curator at Storefront for Art and Architecture, an experimental exhibition space founded in New York City in 1982. Before being named director of Storefront, Herda was director of the Center for Critical Architecture/Art and Architecture Exhibition Space in San Francisco, and she also worked in architectural publishing at the Monacelli Press.

Herda teaches at the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Architecture Organizations, as well as on advisory boards for The Architect’s Newspaper, LAXART, the Mills College Art Museum, and Storefront for Art and Architecture. Herda is an Emerging Leader, class of 2015, at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. In 2009, she was named one of Icon magazine’s 20/20—a list of 20 architects and 20 designers who are changing the way we work and think.

Excellence in Design, Planning and Sustainability


Founder and principal of Landon Bone Baker Architects, Peter Landon is known for his community-based inner city planning, development, and design work. He is a champion of “social consciousness” and diversity in design, and supports neighborhood revitalization efforts across Chicago. He and the firm encourage participation in community and urban policy initiatives and believe that with diligent and responsible effort, good and environmentally-responsible planning and design is possible. 

LBBA considers its work “one big job” that helps to redevelop Chicago’s neighborhoods through infill and rehabilitation on the west and south sides. LBBA recognizes that revitalizing existing buildings is a critical element in the stabilization of neighborhoods, and has developed an expertise in masonry restoration, energy modernization, accessibility, and interior revitalization that leads to sustainable buildings and healthy living environments. The office believes that preserving the existing urban fabric is essential in upholding the character of Chicago neighborhoods. 

Notable works include affordable housing project Rosa Parks Apartments in East Garfield Park, the historical preservation and sustainable rehab of Harvest Commons Apartments, the adaptive re-use of Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative into a cultural hub for the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood, and Parkside of Old Town, a phased development that replaces Cabrini Green’s high-rise development with mixed-income, lower-density housing.

Landon is a founding board member and past president of archi-treasures, and is currently board president of Chicago Public Art Group whose mission is to extend and transform the tradition of collaborative, community-involved, public artwork. He is past president of the Chicago Architectural Club, was chairman of the Chicago AIA Design Committee, and was an associate director at the UIC City Design Center. He was a member of the Housing Bronzeville Blue Ribbon Committee, the City Planning Taskforce, the Historic Greystone Initiative, the Advisory Group of The Affordable Housing Catalogue, and the Chicago Design Initiative. Landon is involved with citywide inclusionary zoning initiatives and One Northside’s Coalition for Affordability in Lincoln Park which advocates for local affordable and workforce housing.


Reservations will be held at the door. Cocktail attire. Valet parking will be available at The Racquet Club for $25 (cash only). Nearby parking garages/lots include 1250 N Dearborn St, 1400 Lake Shore Dr, 1350 N Lake Shore Dr and 1445 N State St.


John M. Syvertsen, FAIA, American Architectural Foundation
Cynthia Winter, AIA, Cynthia Winter Architects LLC
Nicholas Weingarten, FAIA



Supported by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation




Berglund Construction

Holabird & Root






SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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