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2023 AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to Cynthia Weese

The world of architecture is blessed by grand structures forged from the imagination of visionary architects, and it’s only fair that they are given the grand recognition they deserve.  Cynthia Weese, an architectural trailblazer whose indelible mark on the urban landscape continues to inspire and captivate is being honored with the 2023 AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award.

Cynthia Weese, FAIA and Principal of Weese Langley Weese Architects stood at the forefront of modern architecture. Her architectural journey is characterized by adaptive reuse, innovative structures, and affordable housing. Furthermore, she has been a reformer working to advance women in the field.

Mindy Viamontes, AIA, 2023 AIA Chicago President said,Cynthia has been a trailblazer for women in the field of architecture. Her influence will continue to inspire leaders for generations to come.”

Notable Works of Cynthia Weese

When the Weese Langley Weese studio was established in 1977, it marked the inception of a creative journey that would redefine architectural norms and shape innovative spaces for generations to come.

Harris Hall Restoration, Northwestern University

2023 AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to Cynthia Weese

The Art Institute of Chicago

2023 AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to Cynthia Weese

A New Leaf

Gallery House for Artist

A House in the Woods

Cynthia’s place in the overall canon of Chicago architecture is a significant one.” said AIA Chicago’s Executive Director Jen Masengarb. “She is the only woman in the ranks of architectural innovators known as the Chicago Seven and serves as a founding member of two institutions – Chicago Women in Architecture and the Chicago Architectural Club – which enrich both gender and thought diversity in our community. Her work in the profession, academia, and the non-profit sector continues to broaden horizons for women in the profession today.”

Throughout her architectural journey, she has been honored with numerous awards
including the 2018 Award for Excellence in Design, Leadership, and Service by the Society of Architectural Historians, the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from Chicago Women in Architecture, the 1990 AIA Chicago Distinguished Service Award, the 2004 AIA Illinois Excellence in Education Award, and the 2010 Award for Contributions to the Field of Architecture by the Society of Architectural Historians.

2023 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

Back in May, the AIA, along with ALA (American Library Association), recognized library designs that showcase architectural brilliance. The winning designs seamlessly integrated touches of sustainability and innovation, pushing the boundaries of traditional library concepts and offering glimpses into the future of dynamic, eco-conscious, and forward-thinking spaces.

Here are the winners-

  • Atherton Library, Atherton
  • Louisville Free Public Library Northeast Regional Library
  • Missoula Public Library New Main Library
  • Student Success District, University of Arizona
  • Woburn Public Library

You can head over to our blog on the topic to read more!

The world of architecture is evolving. It’s being driven by a vision that structures not only have an aesthetic allure but also stand as beacons of sustainability and technological innovation. Cutting-edge materials and design techniques are now being used to minimize ecological footprints. The integration of rainwater harvesting systems, locally sourced and low-carbon materials, as well as spaces infused with data-driven insights and behavioral analysis, ensures the creation of optimal environments that balance human and environmental needs.

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