Nurture Awarded Honorable Mention at PhiusCon 2023 in Houston, Texas

11 November 2023
Nurture was awarded Honorable Mention at the Phius Passive Projects Design Competition for the Yannell PHIUS+ Residence, presented at PhiusCon 2023 in Houston, Texas. The prestigious award highlights Nurture's commitment to innovative, energy-efficient design and its leadership in sustainable retrofitting. The Yannell PHIUS Residence is a pioneering project, being the very first certified single-family Passive House Institute US (PHIUS 2018+) Retrofit in the Midwest. This milestone achievement sets a new standard for sustainable renovation in the region and serves as a model for future projects seeking to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption.

Nurture's Yannell PHIUS+ Residence Wins Decarbonization Honor Award at AIA Chicago's Designight 2023

15 September 2023
Nurture is proud to announce that the Yannell Residence has been awarded the Decarbonization Honor Award at the 2023 DESIGNIGHT event hosted by AIA Chicago. This prestigious award recognizes projects that exceed base-level energy reduction goals and exemplify the profession’s commitment to sustainability. The Yannell PHIUS+ Residence, a collaboration with the Yannell Foundation for Sustainable Development in Chicago, is the very first certified single-family Passive House Institute US (PHIUS 2018+) Retrofit in the Midwest.. "We are honored to receive this award, which recognizes our dedication to sustainable design and our efforts to push the boundaries of energy-efficient architecture," said April Hughes, President at Nurture. "The Yannell Residence is a testament to our commitment to creating a greener, more sustainable future for our communities."

South Shore Beach House Awarded Masonry Advisory Council Best of Award

09 September 2023
The Masonry Advisory Council held its bi-annual Excellence in Masonry Architectural Awards program in 2022, which recognizes architectural design excellence and the talent behind the execution of making those design concepts a reality. Architectural firms, mason contractors, and product suppliers are recognized for their contribution to architectural design, construction expertise, and the use of brick, block, and stone materials in commercial and residential projects. This year’s amazing event was held at the Museum of Science and Industry, a long-time client of Nurture. The Museum of Science and Industry Chicago is one of the largest science museums in the world. It’s home to more than 400,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity. Nurture was awarded the Best in Structural Masonry Design for our work on the South Shore Beach House, a project that featured exposed burnished architectural block not only as the exposed finish but as the primary structural element.

Nurture Receives 2023 Commercial Design Citation of Merit for Restoration of Jackson Lake Lodge

09 September 2023
Nurture is honored to receive a 2023 Commercial Design Citation of Merit from DOCOMOMO US for our meticulous restoration of Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park. Originally designed in 1955 by architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood, the lodge is a landmark of Post-war Modern architecture. The restoration focused on preserving its distinctive concrete finish, known as "Shadowood," using a specialized process developed with research from the University of Pennsylvania. Despite challenges like its remote location and the need to remain open during restoration, our team's commitment to detail and preservation has ensured the lodge can be appreciated by its millions of annual visitors. “The attention to detail of the concrete repair and finish were astonishing and labor-intensive," observed Jury member Celia Bertoia. Jury member Ann Komara called it a "wonderful investigation into exterior concrete and a thoughtful, carefully crafted restoration."

Kelly Moynihan, AIA Honored with AIA Illinois John Wellborn Root for Emerging Professionals Award

02 September 2023
Kelly Moynihan, AIA, NCARB, WELL AP, LFA, CPHC®, Principal at Nurture, has been awarded the 2023 AIA Illinois John Wellborn Root for Emerging Professionals Award. She is an advocate for climate policy and equity in the built environment, serving on various committees and boards to advance sustainability practices. Kelly's projects have received prestigious accreditations and awards, including LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge Petal Certifications. Her commitment to advocacy, education, and innovation continues to inspire and drive positive change in the built environment.

AIA Chicago 2022 Presidential Citation Awarded to Kelly Moynihan, AIA

03 December 2022
Kelly Moynihan, AIA, NCARB, WELL AP, LFA, CPHC® has received the AIA Chicago 2022 Presidential Citation for her exceptional contributions to architecture. Kelly's leadership in sustainable design, exemplified by her diverse portfolio of projects, has garnered her prestigious awards and certifications. She is deeply engaged in the architecture community, serving on various boards and committees, and is dedicated to advancing education and community engagement. Nurture is privileged to have Kelly Moynihan as a Principal, inspiring our team and the wider architecture community with her leadership and commitment to excellence.

Nurture Receives AIA Illinois Honor Award for Excellence in High-Performance Buildings

12 November 2022
The Yannell PHIUS+ Residence has been honored with the AIA Illinois Honor Award for Excellence in High-Performance Buildings. The award was accepted on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at The Cliff Dwellers in Chicago, where Nurture gathered with AIA Illinois and fellow members to celebrate this achievement. The Yannell PHIUS+ Residence, a project in collaboration with the Yannell Foundation for Sustainable Development, exemplifies excellence in high-performance buildings. This innovative residence, located in Chicago, Illinois, contributes to creating a walkable, human-scaled community by valuing the past and acknowledging the typical typological residential form, characteristic of the urban neighborhood.