Awards recognize excellence in community development and architectural achievements in Chicago’s neighborhoods
LISC Chicago has announced the opening of applications for the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA). Now entering its 23nd year, the CNDA recognize innovation and best practices in neighborhood development. The awards program is the most venerated celebration of the creativity and accomplishments that transform neighborhoods across the City.
“With attendance growing every year, the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards is one of the largest programs dedicated to recognizing extraordinary initiatives in Chicago’s neighborhoods,” said Deborah E. Bennett, CNDA jury chair and senior program officer at the Polk Bros. Foundation. “The awards are a time to celebrate positive change, offering inspiration to the many individuals and organizations dedicated to community revitalization.”
Established in 1995, CNDA was created to celebrate and honor the outstanding achievements in neighborhood real estate development and community building, as well as the essential role that both non-profit and for-profit developers play in building healthier neighborhoods throughout Chicago.
“For more than two decades, The Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards have honored and celebrated incredible community development work taking place in our great city,” said LISC Chicago Executive Director Meghan Harte. “I know there is outstanding neighborhood real estate development and community building taking place across Chicago and I look forward to seeing this year’s applicants.”
In total, nine awards will be given out – six community development awards will be presented along with three Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Architectural Excellence in Community Design. This year is the 20th anniversary of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Architectural Excellence in Community Design.
“As we anticipate the 20th year of The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, it is important to reflect on the impact the award has had throughout the city,” said Kim Coventry, executive director of The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. “Now more than ever neighborhood leaders, developers, and city officials recognize the importance of good design to improve the lives of individuals and as an essential condition of livable and healthy neighborhoods. Over the last 20 years, the Driehaus Foundation Award has been presented to architects whose project put the inhabitants and community at the center of the design choices.”
All award submissions go through an extensive review and nominees include for-profit and non-profit developers and organizations as well as architectural firms, and may be self-nominated or nominated by others. Applications are open for the following awards.
Six community development award categories are open to Chicago-area organizations and developers for application:
Three Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Architectural Excellence in Community Design are open to Chicago-area organizations for application:
Applications are due by 5 p.m. CST on September 9, 2016. Applications are only accepted and must be submitted online. Monetary awards will be presented to winners, who will be announced and honored on February 28, 2017 at McCormick Place.
To apply and for more information on project eligibility and rules please visit http://app.lisc-cnda.org/