Goettsch Partners (GP) has been named the 2013 Firm of the Year, as conferred by the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Chicago). The award is the highest honor a firm can receive from the chapter.
Established in 1991, the Firm of the Year Award recognizes a single firm’s outstanding achievements, consistent excellence, and ongoing contributions made to the advancement of the architectural profession. A firm’s entire history is examined, but particular attention is given to the work and achievements of the past 10 years.
"The principles and mission of GP are clearly stated and executed with unwavering conviction and consistency across every design challenge,” the jury commented. “Bold ideas reinforced by an obsessed attention to detail have been a hallmark of the firm since its inception. GP has set the bar high for this significant recognition and is well deserving of this honor."
With GP offices in Chicago, Shanghai and Abu Dhabi, one juror specifically noted the firm’s international reach: “Without a doubt, Goettsch Partners has had a significant positive impact on our profession globally through the work of their talented principals and staff. As a result, they were a unanimous selection to be the 2013 AIA Chicago Firm of the Year.”
The award will be officially presented at the chapter’s annual meeting and holiday celebration, to be held on December 9.