Congratulations to JNKA’s own Tom Jaeger on being recognized at the 2014 AIA Illinois Awards banquet, pictured here giving his acceptance speech!

“The highest honor for service to the architecture profession, the Gold Medal Award, went to R.Thomas Jaeger, AIA Emeritus, the consulting principal emeritus of Jaeger Nickola Kuhlman & Associates Ltd of Park Ridge, whose fifty years of active practice established his firm as one of the leading purveyors of religious architecture. After 40 years teaching at the University of Illinois Chicago, he was one of the founding fathers of the Architecture program at Judson University where he currently serves as a Senior University Lecturer and adjunct Professor of Architecture. Jaeger uses his abilities for the benefit of his community as well, such as in the decade of the 1990s, when he was a member of the appearance commission that guided the architectural direction and continuity for the city of Park Ridge”