MGLM Designs Chicago-Midwest ICAA Acanthus Award


The Acanthus Award of Arete was created to uniquely honor a project that exhibits the quality of Arete, a Greek word translated as excellence in fulfillment of purpose or function. This award goes to the project that best exemplifies accomplishment of its purpose. The origin of the design lies in the philosophical juxtaposition and harmonious interweaving of the geometric and the organic, embodying Chicago’s motto of URBS IN HORTO – City in a Garden. The award is itself a synthesis of 3 significant moments in the history of American Midwest architecture. The square frame represents the geometric layering present in the Prairie Style. The intersection and interaction of the natural and the geometric allude to Louis Sullivan’s teachings. Finally, the Acanthus leaves and corbels represent the Classical.