The Chicago Athenaeum announces the 2009 American Architecture Awards deadline

The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design in association with the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd. is organizing the 2009 American Architecture Awards® as a way in which to honor new architecture, landscape architecture, interiors, and urban planning projects designed in the United States.

The program is organized and curated by the Finnish architect and architecture journalist, Christian K. Narkiewicz-Laine, Museum President of The Chicago Athenaeum.


In 2008, hundreds of submissions for this Awards Program were received by the Museum from

architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning firms across the United States. Sixty-six projects were selected by a distinguished jury composed of Greek architects and architectural journalists in Athens, Greece and were honored with the 2008 American Architecture Awards.

Over 60 of America’s most prominent architecture firms were recognized. The 2008 awarded projects and previous award winners can be seen at the Museum’s website at


The deadline for 2009 submissions is February 1, 2009.


The 2009 awards program considers new corporate headquarters, skyscrapers, institutions, sports and transportation facilities, interiors, urban planning projects, airports, and residences for awards, built in the US or abroad by an US architectural firm, both built and unbuilt projects alike, since January 1, 2007. International firms headquartered outside the United States are eligible to submit projects built or designed for only in the United States.


In 2009, the awarded projects will form an inaugural exhibition in Florence, Italy, which is co-organized by and co-presented with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies, the Municipality of Florence, the Province of Tuscany, and the School of Architecture, University of Florence. After the Florence showing, the exhibition will travel to the United States in 2010.


The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design founded the American Architecture Awards as a way in which to draw significant international attention to new buildings and planning projects being built and designed in the United States by the best of America’s architecture offices and firms.


In the last several years, The American Architecture Awards have become the most important

distinguished building and planning program in the United States that brings new concepts, new

philosophies, and new ideas to the public forefront. The program has a unique educational mission and public profile with the intent of promoting and celebrating American design and American architecture and design to a national and international audience.

Entry forms are available by calling the Museum at +815/777-4444 or online at