Walking On These
Light Play Collection by Bentley
Movemetal by Veneto Design/ Tile of Spain
See Pg. 31
Silence Collection by Bolon
Few architects honor the past and envision the future as clearly as John Vinci, FAIA,
who was honored with the AIA Chicago Lifetime
Achievement Award at Designight on October 24.
Vinci, 77, has been practicing architecture since
he graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology
(IIT) in 1960. A collaborator with famed architectural
photographer Richard Nickel, Vinci is known for
his staunch, outspoken defense of classic Chicago
architecture over the past 50 years.
From his initial preservation work as a student—
Among his numerous restoration projects,
organizing an IIT exhibition on the work of Adler
and Sullivan or salvaging ornamentation from the
then-soon-to-be-demolished Garrick Theater—he
has played an integral part in the preservation
and restoration of works from architects as varied
as Frank Lloyd Wright to modernists Ed Barnes,
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Eero Saarinen.
Vinci was instrumental in the salvation and
reconstruction of Louis Sullivan’s Chicago Stock
Exchange Trading Room.
Equally adept at developing a vision for new
spaces, Vinci is well known for his art exhibit
installations at the Art Institute of Chicago and
other museums and galleries. Vinci’s architectural
portfolio includes the National Italian American
Sports Hall of Fame, the Arts Club of Chicago, and
numerous award-winning residences.
“No one has moved so effortlessly from past to
present to future as John Vinci,” said AIA Chicago
Executive Vice President Zurich Esposito. “His
designs are rooted in history and informed by his
scholarship yet most certainly of our time.”
Preservationist, Architect John
Vinci Honored with AIA Chicago’s
Lifetime Achievement Award
Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announced the winners of the seventh annual Best of CET Designer
Awards, a competition honoring best uses of the space-planning
software. A record number of submissions were received this
year, including 32 in the Best Success Story category where
entrants showed how CET Designer resulted in major project
wins with customers.
Isela Cadena, a designer with Haworth by Papsa in Mexico,
won the Best Success Story category and received a trip for two to Configura’s headquarters in
Sweden. Cadena also won top honors in the Rendering category. Debbie McGowan, a designer with
Tangram Interiors, also won first place in the CET Designer MovieStudio Extension contest.
“We had a huge number of incredible submissions to review,” said Kendra Steinhaus, a support
and training specialist and interior designer with Configura. “From start to finish, the designers
showed how CET Designer made their work seamless for their customers.”
Configura Announces Winners in
Best of CET Designer Awards