Kerwin is a managing partner at the Chicago offices of Skidmore Owings & Merrill. He has played a key role on the team that recently helped Chicago edge out Los Angeles to become the U.S. candidate for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Kerwin is a past president of AIA Chicago. Lee is a principal with the Chicago-based firm of Johnson & Lee, Ltd. Throughout his career as an architect, Lee has focused on projects that elevate design standards in Chicago's African low-income and minority neighborhoods and give voice to members of those communities. His current projects include the new Kennedy King College in Chicago and Park Boulevard (the rebuilding of the Stateway Gardens housing complex). Lee has served on the board of AIA Chicago.
Kerwin and Lee are among 76 AIA members being honored at a May 4th ceremony at the Alamo in San Antonio, TX. Of more than 81,000 AIA members nationwide, only about three percent have been elevated to the College of Fellows. The elevation to fellowship is conferred on architects with at least 10 years of membership in the AIA who have made significant contributions to the architecture profession and to society on a national level. Nominations are made in specific categories; both Kerwin and Lee are being recognized for their roles in advancing the science and art of planning and building. "Both Kerwin and Lee are being recognized not just as truly gifted architects, but for the ways in which their work has had an impact on the community at large," said AIA Chicago's Executive Vice President, Zurich Esposito.
Founded in 1869, AIA Chicago represents nearly 3,000 licensed architects, architectural interns and allied professionals in Chicago and northeastern Illinois. AIA Chicago is leading local efforts to celebrate "AIA150" this year, which marks the national organization's 150 years of service to the profession and to the nation by working at the community level to create a better future by design.