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People | Damon Wins John Welborn Root Award

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Congratulations to our own Damon Wilson who was awarded the AIA Illinois John Welborn Root award. This annual award is given to an outstanding member of the architectural community who has been licensed for less than 10 years.

AIA Illinois held an intimate celebration at The Cliff Dwellers to celebrate both Damon’s accomplishments as well as Bryan Hudson’s and Scott Nacheman’s, recipients of the R. Buckminster Fuller Award for Illinois architects involved in humanitarian, social impact, or community endeavors and the Charles W. Nothnagel Award for Illinois architects involved in public service respectively. Friends, family, and colleagues of recipients gathered and shared praise for these two influential architects.

Starting while he was still in school himself, Damon has focused his career on the impacts of educational environments on students and learning. Professionally, Damon has worked on over 40 projects for more than 15 K-12 and higher education clients. From designing classrooms, laboratories, active learning environments, and master plans for the individual building as well as the campus as a whole. Damon’s work has already received design recognition from awards programs such as American School and University, AIA Prairie Chapter, and most recently, his work on the UIC-Daley Library project has been recognized with a Merit Award by the Association of Licensed Architects. Congratulations, Damon!