Acanthus Awards

The Acanthus Awards recognize and promote excellence in classical and vernacular design within the Chicago-Midwest region, celebrating achievement in architecture, interior design, preservation & restoration, landscape design, the allied arts & craftsmanship, unbuilt work, and student work. These awards are open to all design professionals, students, and artisans anywhere in the world who are practicing within the boundaries of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Chicago-Midwest Chapter (ICAA Chicago-Midwest). 

Award categories
Residential Architecture
Under 5,000 sf
Residential Architecture
Over 5,000 sf
Institutional or Commercial Architecture
Interior Design
Preservation & Restoration
Landscape Design
Allied Arts & Craftsmanship
Unbuilt Work
Student Work
Recently Graduated
Student Work
Currently Enrolled
Winners from
MGLM Architects; Fabricated by Holdman Studios - "Paris LDS Temple Art Glass & Exterior Doors"
Allied Arts & Craftsmanship
Kim A. Thomas of Thomas Ironworks - "Craftsmanship in the Field of Ornamental Ironwork"
Allied Arts & Craftsmanship
MGLM Architects - "Paris LDS Temple Interior Design"
Interior Design
D.H. Ellison Company with Virginia Burt Designs Landscape Architects - "Walled Garden & Pavilion"
Landscape Design
Sullivan, Goulette & Wilson - "Lenzke-Fazio Residence"
Residential Architecture Under 5,000 GSF
Liederbach & Graham, Architects LLP - "A Residence on Lake Michigan"
Residential Architecture Over 5,000 GSF
Thomas Norman Rajkovich Architect, Ltd with Bureau – AD - "Mundelein Hall – University of Saint Mary of the Lake"
Institutional or Commercial Architecture
Duncan G. Stroik Architect LLC - "Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church"
Unbuilt Work
William Heyer Architect - "Restoration of Saint Turibius Chapel, The Pontifical College Josephinum"
Preservation & Restoration
Pierre-Yves Rochon, Inc. - "Four Seasons Hotel Firenze"
Preservation & Restoration
Liederbach & Graham, Architects LLP - "Provencal Villa for Robin & Richard Buxbaum; Adaptive Reuse of a Villa Turicum Shed"
Preservation & Restoration - Adaptive Reuse
Alexander Preudhomme & Ellen Chen, University of Notre Dame - "Classicism & Community: A Permanent Supportive Housing Proposal for South Bend, Indiana"
Student Design Project
Kathleen Chambers, University of Notre Dame - "Damascus Center of Peace & Religion Studies"
Student Design Project
Brian M. Mork
Luminarts Architecture Fellowship Award
Liederbach & Graham, Architects LLP - "A Residence on Lake Michigan"
The Acanthus Award of Arete
Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, Gibbons Fortman & Associates with Brian J. McCarthy and Bruce Fox Designs - "Lake Shore Drive Residence"
The Acanthus Award of Arete
Duncan G. Stroik - “Saint Paul the Apostle Church”
Architecture
Liederbach & Graham Architects - “La Maison Juane”
Architecture
Liederbach & Graham Architects - “ Wisconsin Lakeside Residence”
Architecture
Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, Gibbons, Fortman & Associates with Brian J. McCarthy, Inc. and Bruce Fox Designs - “Lake Shore Drive Residence”
Interior Design
Pierre Yves-Rochon - “Le George”
Interior Design
Suzanne Lovell with Vinci Hamp Architects - “Lakeview Residence”
Interior Design
Craig Bergmann Landscape Design - “Mediterranean Villa Gardens”
Landscape Design
Mariani Landscape Architecture - “Grand Elegance”
Landscape Design
Buccellato Design - “LaSalle State Bank Building”
Preservation & Restoration
O’Brien Metal, Inc. - “Richard H. Driehaus Museum: Case Aluminum Urn & Pedestal Replication”
Allied Arts & Craftsmanship
Suzanne Lovell with VCA Inc. & Maureen Fullam - “Skyline Penthouse Custom Credenza”
Allied Arts & Craftsmanship
Christopher C. Miller, PhD - “Market Bridge for Bath: Fitting Type to Local Character”
Student Projects
Brian M. Mork - “Christ Church, Savannah”
Student Projects
Gina C. Cannistra - “Tower at Alexanderplatz”
Student Projects
Estudio Urbano with Leon Krier
Acanthus Award of Arete
Buccellato Design LLC - "The Morrison Family Education Outreach Pavilion at the Notre Dame linked experiment ecosystem facility"
Architecture
Darcy Bonner & Associates - "Kraff Residence"
Architecture
Estudio Urbano with Leon Krier - "New Town & Streetscape in Guatemala"
Architecture
Darcy Bonner & Associates - "Keefe Residence"
Interior Design
Duncan G Stroik - "Saint Mary Church Interior Renovation"
Interior Design
Jessica LaGrange Interiors - "State Parkway"
Interior Design
Mariani Landscape Architecture - "Italian Renaissance"
Landscape Design
Evergreene Architectural Arts & Treanor Architects - "Kansas State Capitol"
Preservation & Restoration
Hirsch Brick & Stone Company - "Private Stone Residence"
Allied Arts & Craftsmanship
Mackessy Metalworks LLC & Liederbach & Graham Architects - "Private Residence Metalwork"
Allied Arts & Craftsmanship
Nixon Design - "The Chicago Seven & the Michigan Avenue Bridge Sculptures"
Allied Arts & Craftsmanship
HBRA - "New Courthouse, Mobile, Alabama"
Unbuilt Work
Eduardo Oronia - "Church of Twelve Apostles, Washington DC"
Student Projects
Emily Wen - "Madison Museum of Fine Art and Architecture"
Student Projects
HBRA Architects - "United States Federal Building & Courthouse"
Acanthus Award of Arete
Sullivan, Goulette & Wilson Architects - "Grant Place Rowhomes"
Architecture
Liederbach & Graham Architects - "An Enduring Home in the City"
Architecture
Liederbach & Graham Architects - "Georgian Townhouse in Lincoln Park"
Architecture
Craig Bergmann Landscape Design - "House of the Four Winds"
Landscape Design
HBRA Architects - "Science Hill Classrooms, Yale University"
Preservation & Restoration
Pretorius Studio - "Grisaille Landscape Murals"
Allied Arts & Craftsmanship
HBRA Architects - "Graduate Student Housing, Yale University"
Unbuilt Work
Guiseppe Mazzone - "Sainte-Anne-La-Royale"
Student Projects
Jacques Levet Jr. - "Terminal La Habana Vieja"
Student Projects

MGLM Architects; Fabricated by Holdman Studios - "Paris LDS Temple Art Glass & Exterior Doors" Allied Arts & Craftsmanship (Image Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.)

Kim A. Thomas of Thomas Ironworks - "Craftsmanship in the Field of Ornamental Ironwork" Allied Arts & Craftsmanship

MGLM Architects - "Paris LDS Temple Interior Design" Interior Design (Image Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.)

D.H. Ellison Company with Virginia Burt Designs Landscape Architects - "Walled Garden & Pavilion" Landscape Design (Image Credit: Richard Mandelkorn)

Sullivan, Goulette & Wilson - "Lenzke-Fazio Residence" Residential Architecture Under 5,000 GSF

Liederbach & Graham, Architects LLP - "A Residence on Lake Michigan" Residential Architecture Over 5,000 GSF

Thomas Norman Rajkovich Architect, Ltd with Bureau – AD - "Mundelein Hall – University of Saint Mary of the Lake" Institutional or Commercial Architecture (Image Credit: Tony Soluri)

Duncan G. Stroik Architect LLC - "Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church" Unbuilt Work (Renderer: Gilbert Gorski)

William Heyer Architect - "Restoration of Saint Turibius Chapel, The Pontifical College Josephinum" Preservation & Restoration (Image Credit: George Paxton)

Pierre-Yves Rochon, Inc. - "Four Seasons Hotel Firenze" Preservation & Restoration (Image Credit: Barbara Kraft / Richard Waite)

Liederbach & Graham, Architects LLP - "Provencal Villa for Robin & Richard Buxbaum; Adaptive Reuse of a Villa Turicum Shed" Preservation & Restoration - Adaptive Reuse (Image Credit: Tony Soluri / Jeffrey Millies)

Alexander Preudhomme & Ellen Chen, University of Notre Dame - "Classicism & Community: A Permanent Supportive Housing Proposal for South Bend, Indiana" Student Design Project

Kathleen Chambers, University of Notre Dame - "Damascus Center of Peace & Religion Studies" Student Design Project

Brian M. Mork Luminarts Architecture Fellowship Award

Liederbach & Graham, Architects LLP - "A Residence on Lake Michigan" The Acanthus Award of Arete

Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, Gibbons Fortman & Associates with Brian J. McCarthy and Bruce Fox Designs - "Lake Shore Drive Residence" The Acanthus Award of Arete

Duncan G. Stroik - “Saint Paul the Apostle Church” Architecture

Liederbach & Graham Architects - “La Maison Juane” Architecture

Liederbach & Graham Architects - “ Wisconsin Lakeside Residence” Architecture

Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, Gibbons, Fortman & Associates with Brian J. McCarthy, Inc. and Bruce Fox Designs - “Lake Shore Drive Residence” Interior Design

Pierre Yves-Rochon - “Le George” Interior Design

Suzanne Lovell with Vinci Hamp Architects - “Lakeview Residence” Interior Design

Craig Bergmann Landscape Design - “Mediterranean Villa Gardens” Landscape Design

Mariani Landscape Architecture - “Grand Elegance” Landscape Design

Buccellato Design - “LaSalle State Bank Building” Preservation & Restoration

O’Brien Metal, Inc. - “Richard H. Driehaus Museum: Case Aluminum Urn & Pedestal Replication” Allied Arts & Craftsmanship

Suzanne Lovell with VCA Inc. & Maureen Fullam - “Skyline Penthouse Custom Credenza” Allied Arts & Craftsmanship

Christopher C. Miller, PhD - “Market Bridge for Bath: Fitting Type to Local Character” Student Projects

Brian M. Mork - “Christ Church, Savannah” Student Projects

Gina C. Cannistra - “Tower at Alexanderplatz” Student Projects

Estudio Urbano with Leon Krier Acanthus Award of Arete

Estudio Urbano with Leon Krier Acanthus Award of Arete

Buccellato Design LLC - "The Morrison Family Education Outreach Pavilion at the Notre Dame linked experiment ecosystem facility" Architecture

Buccellato Design LLC - "The Morrison Family Education Outreach Pavilion at the Notre Dame linked experiment ecosystem facility" Architecture

Darcy Bonner & Associates - "Kraff Residence" Architecture

Darcy Bonner & Associates - "Kraff Residence" Architecture

Darcy Bonner & Associates - "Keefe Residence" Interior Design

Darcy Bonner & Associates - "Keefe Residence" Interior Design

Duncan G Stroik - "Saint Mary Church Interior Renovation" Interior Design

Duncan G Stroik - "Saint Mary Church Interior Renovation" Interior Design

Jessica LaGrange Interiors - "State Parkway" Interior Design

Jessica LaGrange Interiors - "State Parkway" Interior Design

Mariani Landscape Architecture - "Italian Renaissance" Landscape Design

Mariani Landscape Architecture - "Italian Renaissance" Landscape Design

Evergreene Architectural Arts & Treanor Architects - "Kansas State Capitol" Preservation & Restoration

Evergreene Architectural Arts & Treanor Architects - "Kansas State Capitol" Preservation & Restoration

Hirsch Brick & Stone Company - "Private Stone Residence" Allied Arts & Craftsmanship

Hirsch Brick & Stone Company - "Private Stone Residence" Allied Arts & Craftsmanship

Mackessy Metalworks LLC & Liederbach & Graham Architects - "Private Residence Metalwork" Allied Arts & Craftsmanship

Mackessy Metalworks LLC & Liederbach & Graham Architects - "Private Residence Metalwork" Allied Arts & Craftsmanship

Nixon Design - "The Chicago Seven & the Michigan Avenue Bridge Sculptures" Allied Arts & Craftsmanship

Nixon Design - "The Chicago Seven & the Michigan Avenue Bridge Sculptures" Allied Arts & Craftsmanship

HBRA - "New Courthouse, Mobile, Alabama" Unbuilt Work

HBRA - "New Courthouse, Mobile, Alabama" Unbuilt Work

Eduardo Oronia - "Church of Twelve Apostles, Washington DC" Student Projects

Eduardo Oronia - "Church of Twelve Apostles, Washington DC" Student Projects

Emily Wen - "Madison Museum of Fine Art and Architecture" Student Projects

Emily Wen - "Madison Museum of Fine Art and Architecture" Student Projects

HBRA Architects - "United States Federal Building & Courthouse" Acanthus Award of Arete

HBRA Architects - "United States Federal Building & Courthouse" Acanthus Award of Arete

Sullivan, Goulette & Wilson Architects - "Grant Place Rowhomes" Architecture

Sullivan, Goulette & Wilson Architects - "Grant Place Rowhomes" Architecture

Liederbach & Graham Architects - "An Enduring Home in the City" Architecture

Liederbach & Graham Architects - "An Enduring Home in the City" Architecture

Liederbach & Graham Architects - "Georgian Townhouse in Lincoln Park" Architecture

Liederbach & Graham Architects - "Georgian Townhouse in Lincoln Park" Architecture

Craig Bergmann Landscape Design - "House of the Four Winds" Landscape Design

Craig Bergmann Landscape Design - "House of the Four Winds" Landscape Design

HBRA Architects - "Science Hill Classrooms, Yale University" Preservation & Restoration

HBRA Architects - "Science Hill Classrooms, Yale University" Preservation & Restoration

Pretorius Studio - "Grisaille Landscape Murals" Allied Arts & Craftsmanship

Pretorius Studio - "Grisaille Landscape Murals" Allied Arts & Craftsmanship

HBRA Architects - "Graduate Student Housing, Yale University" Unbuilt Work

HBRA Architects - "Graduate Student Housing, Yale University" Unbuilt Work

Guiseppe Mazzone - "Sainte-Anne-La-Royale" Student Projects

Guiseppe Mazzone - "Sainte-Anne-La-Royale" Student Projects

Jacques Levet Jr. - "Terminal La Habana Vieja" Student Projects

Jacques Levet Jr. - "Terminal La Habana Vieja" Student Projects