April 8, 2013 - April Hughes, AIA, Is a Finalist for Illinois Architecture Awards
AIA Illinois Honor Awards Recognize State’s Best of the Best
Springfield, IL – Illinois architects will gather at the conclusion of national Architecture Week, April 8-12, to recognize this year’s recipients of the Honor Awards, presented annually by the state chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
April Marie Hughes, AIA, is a finalist for one of ten design and service awards that will be presented at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield at an evening event on Friday, April 12. Winners represent the best in architecture, design, planning and service.
“I’m delighted and humbled to be considered a finalist for an award by AIA Illinois,” notes Hughes. A leader in Chicago firsts, April collaborated on the design of Chicago’s first greywater system for a single-family residence. Her work has resulted in the first net-zero single-family residence, the Yannell Residence, and the soon-to-be first net-zero commercial building, Harmony House for Cats.
April is a Senior Associate and Project Manager at Farr Associates. Identified by the New York Times as “the most prominent of the city’s growing cadre of ecologically sensitive architects”, Farr Associates is widely regarded as one of the most sustainable planning and architecture firms in the country and was recently awarded AIA Chicago’s Firm of the Year 2012.
Winners are selected by a national jury of peers, who combed through nearly 90 nominations this year. Design awards are named after some of the greatest architects in Illinois’ history, such as Louis Sullivan, Daniel Burnham, Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe and are given at three levels of acknowledgment: Special Recognition, Citation of Merit and the Honor Award. AIA Illinois also recognizes organizations and individuals who have gone above and beyond in service to the profession.
December 7, 2012 - Farr Associates Named AIA Chicago's Firm of the Year
The AIA Chicago Chapter has awarded Farr Associates its highest honor. The Firm of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding collective achievements by a firm and overall excellence in its body of work. It honors outstanding contributions made in the areas of design, research, planning, technology, and architectural practice. The award also acknowledges the distinctive characteristics or personality of the firm and its operations, this year, citing Farr Associates' culture of connecting architecture with urban planning.
Farr Associates was selected based on the "firm's commitment to sustainability far surpassing industry norms and an impressive optimism of the future of our cities. Seven LEED Platinum projects, two net-zero projects, and numerous publications on the subject of Sustainable Urbanism clearly show that Farr Associates is advancing the profession."
Doug Farr, founding principal, responded, "We are honored by this recognition of our firm’s integration of planning and architecture, our leadership in advancing sustainable design at all scales, and our dedication to promoting Sustainable Urbanism around the world. We sincerely thank our client and collaborator partners who help us realize our dream of making future-minded places and buildings increasingly routine."