SAH Awards Gala



SAH 75th Anniversary Awards Gala
Friday, November 6, 2015, 6–9 p.m.
Woman's Athletic Club, 626 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
Tickets: $175

Online ticket sales have ended. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 312.573.1365.

The Society of Architectural Historians will present its annual Awards for Architectural Excellence at the SAH Awards Gala on Friday, November 6, 2015. 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. Click here for information on sponsorship opportunities or contact Carolyn Garrett at or 312.573.1365.


5:30 PM Tour of the Woman's Athletic Club with Celia Hilliard (AIA CES 1 LU)
RSVP required; limited to 25 people. Call Anne Bird at 312.573.1365.
6:00 PM Auction, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres
7:00 PM Awards presentation
8:00 PM Dessert and coffee
8:30 PM Silent auction checkout

Parking: Discounted parking ($27) arranged at the James Hotel, 50 E Ohio St (enter garage on N Rush St. SAH will validate your parking ticket.)
Dress: Business or cocktail attire; coat and tie suggested



Don't miss Building Art: Paul Goldberger on Frank Gehry on November 7, presented in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival. Purchase tickets here.
Paul Goldberger is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City. From 1997 to 2011 he served as the architecture critic for The New Yorker and was formerly Dean of the Parsons School of Design. He began his career at The New York Times, where he received a Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. Goldberger is the author of several books, including Why Architecture Matters, Building Up and Tearing Down: Reflections on the Age of Architecture, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and the forthcoming Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry. He lectures widely around the country on architecture, design, historic preservation, and cities. His writing has received numerous awards including the President’s Medal of the Municipal Art Society of New York, the medal of the American Institute of Architects, and the Medal of Honor of the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation for what the Foundation called “the nation’s most balanced, penetrating and poetic analyses of architecture and design.” In May 1996, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani presented him with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission’s Preservation Achievement Award in recognition of the impact of his writing on historic preservation in New York. In 1993, he was named a Literary Lion, the New York Public Library’s tribute to distinguished writers. In 2007, he was presented with the Ed Bacon Foundation’s Award for Professional Excellence, named in honor of Philadelphia’s legendary planner, and in 2009 he received the Gene Burd Urban Journalism Award from the Urban Communication Foundation. He is a graduate of Yale University and is a Life Member of the Society of Architectural Historians.


T. Gunny Harboe, FAIA, is president of Harboe Architects, PC, a Chicago-based firm specializing in historic preservation and sustainable design. Prior to establishing his own office,  he worked at McClier (and Austin/AECOM) where he was responsible for all of the firm’s projects involving preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation of older structures of historic or architectural significance. With over 25 years of experience, Harboe has gained a national reputation for his award-winning restorations of the Rookery Building (Burnham and Root, 1888) and the Reliance Building (Burnham, 1895) and has been the preservation architect for many iconic modern masterpieces, including Mies van der Rohe’s S.R. Crown Hall and 860-880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments; Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, Unity Temple, and Taliesin West; and Louis Sullivan’s Carson Pirie Scott & Co. Store. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) named Harboe a “2001 Young Architect” and Chicago Magazine named him “Chicagoan of the Year” in 2010. He was a past regional director of AIA and president of AIA Chicago, and is a founding board member of Docomomo US and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). Harboe currently serves on the Board of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, is vice president of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage, and is an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He holds a MArch degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a MSc in historic preservation from Columbia University, and a BA in history from Brown University.

Richard Longstreth is professor of American Studies and director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at The George Washington University. He previously worked for the Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission and taught at Kansas State University. He has written extensively on the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century architecture in the U.S. In recent years, his research has focused on retail development in major metropolitan areas, relating economic, design, urbanistic, and cultural factors that have fundamentally reshaped the American landscape since 1920. His City Center to Regional Mall and The Drive-In, the Supermarket, and the Transformation of Commercial Space in Los Angeles 1914–1941 won four national awards in the fields of architectural history, urban history, and historic preservation. He has been involved in the preservation field at the national, state, and local levels and in the public and private sectors. Since 1984 he has taken an active role in initiatives in the Washington, DC, area. He has figured prominently in efforts to save numerous mid-twentieth-century sites, locally and nationally, and was a founding member of the Recent Past Preservation Network. He is currently writing a book about the preservation of mid-twentieth-century architecture and landscapes and editing one on additions to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Longstreth served as president of the Society of Architectural Historians from 1998 to 2000 and is a Life Member of SAH. He is president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and chairs the Maryland Governor's Consulting Committee on the National Register of Historic Places. He holds a PhD in architectural history from the University of California, Berkeley, and an AB in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. 


Thomas Beeby, FAIA, Chairman Emeritus, HBRA Architects 
Kirsten Beeby
Tom Rossiter, FAIA, Tom Rossiter Photography


HBRA Architects
 Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Berglund Construction 


Harboe Architects


Tom and Kirsten Beeby


Tom Rossiter

Notre Dame

 Tawani Foundation

SAH thanks Colonel (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Ret) and
the Tawani Foundation for their support of SAH’s 75th anniversary programs.


Founded in 1940, the Society of Architectural Historians is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes the study, interpretation and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes and urbanism worldwide. SAH serves a network of local, national and international institutions and individuals who, by vocation or avocation, focus on the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life. SAH promotes meaningful public engagement with the history of the built environment through advocacy efforts, print and online publications, and local, national and international programs. 
SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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