Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As our time as Co-Presidents of the Chicago Architectural Club comes to an end, we would like to extend our gratitude for all of your support. Thanks to you, we have had an incredible journey over the past two years.


During our tenure, we reimagined the club as a public platform for Chicago’s next generation of architects and designers. We held three competitions, co-developed three exhibitions and launched a new lecture series.

Our first competition, the "2012 Chicago Prize: Future Prentice”, was launched with a simultaneous exhibition and public event held at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The exhibition featured all entries to the competition, as well as, those of ten up-and-coming designers that we invited to imagine possible future uses of the landmark structure.

Our second competition, the "2013 Burnham Prize: Next Stop - Designing Chicago BRT Stations”, was launched in close collaboration with AIA Chicago, Chicago Architecture Foundation, CDOT, CTA and the BRT Steering Committee. The BRT stations designed by the winning entrants of this competition are being built in downtown Chicago in the coming year. This is an unprecedented impact by CAC supporters on the built environment.

Our third competition, the "2014 Emerging Visions”, was held to recognize the significant architectural endeavors by promising young architects and designers based in Chicago. For this iteration we partnered with the Graham Foundation and AIA Chicago. The competition was held earlier this year, and for the first time all previous "Emerging Visions” winners were assembled to serve on the jury. The two winners lectured at a public event at the Graham Foundation and had their work exhibited at the AIA National Convention.

We also had the great opportunity to launch the “Informal Lecture Series”, where we invited renown architects such as Will Bruder, Dan Wheeler, and Brinda Somaya to discuss their work in more intimate settings. The lecture series also hosted emerging designers, such as Timo Schmidt from Germany, Pauline Marchetti from France, and most recently, a group of award-winning young, Australian architects.


Most critically, a lot of hard work was put in behind the scenes creating new partnerships and renewing old ones. These efforts led to successful collaborations with recognized organizations and institutions including AIA Chicago, the Graham Foundation, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Landmarks Illinois, Docomomo, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Department of Transportation, and the Chicago Bus Rapid Transit Steering Committee. Since 2012, we were generously supported by Herman Miller, Valerio DeWalt Train and Gensler.


We are especially pleased to let you know that CAC Board Members, Carl Ray Miller and Martin Klaeschen, have been elected as the new Co-Presidents of the Chicago Architectural Club. We congratulate them as they head into a very exciting time for the architecture and design communities in Chicago. Please keep an eye out, as they will be announcing the 2014 Burnham Prize in the very near future.

Co-Presidents, Chicago Architectural Club, 2012-2014
Karla Sierralta and Brian Strawn