Chicago Architecture Association (CAAA) won a coveted international design competition for the first time last month, taking home the Grand Prix Design for their “The Grand Tour” exhibition that showcases some of the world’s most iconic buildings.
CAAA, a global association of architects and architecture professionals, won the competition after winning three other design awards this year.
The Chicago design community celebrated its win, calling it an important step toward greater inclusion in the design industry.
“This is a significant victory for the international style architecture community,” said LAVA founder and CAAA executive director Brian O’Keefe.
“Our competition was built around the notion that architecture can be both art and technology, and our competition shows that this is not just a pipe dream.
We’re proud to be the first design group to win this award.
It’s a big day for the global architecture community.”
The winners are expected to be announced in early February, according to CAAA.
“CAAA has worked for many years to advance and promote the development of international style architectural architecture and architecture as an aesthetic medium,” CAAA President Scott Lohner said in a statement.
“We are delighted to be part of this exciting and creative movement.”
CAAA and the International Style Association (ITSA) have worked together for the past 10 years to bring architects from across the globe to Chicago to present a wide variety of works to showcase their work.
The ITSA was founded in 2011 and has a global membership of more than 100 architects and design professionals.
CAEA, which also has a membership of about 400, has represented the International Architecture Federation (IAF) and is the leading organization representing international architects in the U.S. and Canada.
The competition also showcased the works of a number of Chicago-based artists, including David Molnar, who won the Grand Prize for his work “The Tree House,” and the award-winning designer Chris Tompkins.
The winners also included the Grand Prizes for Architecture and Design for the design of the new Museum of Science and Industry, a $200,000 grand prize for a design for the Chicago Public Library, and $50,000 for a new library installation.