May 22nd 2018

IIT Architecture studio receives AIA Small Project Honor Award

IIT Architecture Students in the studio of Professor Frank Flury were recognized by the American Institute of Architects Chicago chapter with a 2018 AIA Small Project Honor Award. The project which earned the award, a small pavilion-like community center in the remote town of Antihuala, Chile, was designed and constructed by the group in the summer of 2016. 

The structure is built out of regional materials--the logging industry being of particular significance to the area--including a naturally durable charred pine siding. Building took place with input and assistance from members of the community, who advised on traditional regional methods of construction, including the use of oxen to raise and haul materials. 

In addition to receiving the Honor Award, the Antihuala Community Center is featured on the cover of the May/June 2018 issue of "Chicago Architect" magazine, the trade publication of the American Institute of Architects Chicago Chapter. 

Frank Flury, Director of the Bachelor of Architecture Program and Associate Professor for IIT Architecture, served as Architect of Record on the project. Flury was recently honored with the  2018 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and will have an exhibition of recent works on view in S. R. Crown Hall through the remainder of May.