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The 2018 Chicago Architecture Foundation Gala, Celebrate Our City, took place on Thursday, February 8, at Revel Fulton Market in the West Loop.

$500 Individual Ticket
$5,000 and up for tables and sponsorships
Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market

Guests joined us at CAF's Annual Gala as we shared plans for the new Chicago Architecture Center, set to open in Summer 2018.

Located just steps away from the original site of our city's founding on the shore of the Chicago River, the Center celebrates Chicago's architectural magnificence, its design luminaries and their awe-inspiring creations.

As in years past, we were proud to recognize two outstanding contributors to Chicago's architectural legacy and corporate citizenship. Congratulations to them for their sterling accomplishments!

Legacy Award

Philip Enquist, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Philip Enquist

In his 35 years as an architect, city planner and urban designer, Phil Enquist’s focus, purpose and joy has been cities. Phil plays a key leadership role in SOM’s Global City Design Practice, one of the world’s most awarded urban planning groups that has changed how we think about cities. Once seen as centers of disinvestment, cities are now critical players in efforts to address complex planetary challenges. In 2009, the Chicago Tribune named him and his studio “Chicagoans of the Year in Architecture,” noting “SOM Chicago has distinguished itself in urban planning through the city-friendly designs of Phil Enquist.” In 2014, Phil was named a Governors Chair in the State of Tennessee and the recipient of a five-year grant focusing on Energy and Urbanism with the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Corporate Award

Related Midwest
Represented by Curt Bailey (President), Ann Thompson (Senior Vice President, Architecture and Design) and Don Biernacki (Senior Vice President, Construction)

Related Midwest

Related Midwest, the Chicago office of Related Companies, creates architecturally significant developments that, through meticulous planning and craftsmanship, anchor their respective neighborhoods. Among these projects is the recently completed luxury apartment tower Landmark West Loop, designed by Morris Adjmi. Ongoing developments include Streeterville’s One Bennett Park, Chicago’s first Robert A.M. Stern Architects-designed tower; and Lathrop, a mixed-income redevelopment on the Northwest Side—both with parks by Michael Van Valkenburgh. Other projects in the company’s pipeline include The 78, a 62-acre master-planned development bordering downtown designed by SOM’s Phil Enquist; and 400 N. Lake Shore Drive.

Dinner Chairs
  • Bert Brandt, General Manager, Construction, Lendlease
  • Karen B. Case, President, US Commercial Real Estate, CIBC
  • Rama Dandamudi, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Snaidero Chicago by Dandamudi's INC
  • Daniel T. McCaffery, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, McCaffery Interests, Inc.
  • Michael Newman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Golub & Company
  • John C. Pintozzi, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Allstate Investment, CAF Board Chair

For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact External Events Manager Brittany Barnes at or (312) 561.2117.

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