EL Award

The CSI Chicago EL (Emerging Leader) Award is presented on an annual basis to up to three individuals with 2-10 years of experience in the Chicago AEC Industry who have significantly impacted the Chicago AEC industry. The Chicago AEC industry includes their company, professional associations, and the Chicago construction community as a whole. The EL Award is selected by our Future AEC Committee.

CSI Chicago Members: Please nominate the emerging professionals in your network who deserve recognition by Monday, May 1, 2023. Complete the below online nomination form and view/download the PDF sample nomination form to help you prepare your online nomination.

2023 Online EL Award Nomination Form 

Sample PDF EL Award Nomination Form

EL Award Criteria

  • Nominees must be nominated by a current CSI Chicago member in good standing.
  • Nominees can be CSI Chicago members or non-members.
  • Nominees must be a Chicagoland AEC professional with 2-10 years of experience that works in the Chicagoland area.
  • Nominees must have made significant contributions to the Chicago AEC Industry.
  • Nominee must have one letter of recommendation from a CSI Chicago member or non-member in the nominees network other than the CSI Chicago nominator.


Number of EL Award Recipients

  • CSI Chicago reserves the right to recognize up to three Emerging Leaders.
  • If all nominees do not meet the minimum criteria CSI Chicago is not obligated to give out the award.


EL Award Recipients Receive The Following

    • Recognition as a CSI Chicago EL Award Winner
    • CSI Chicago will recognize all EL Award winners at our June 8, 2023 in-person Awards Celebration, on our website, in our Alert Emails, and on our social media channels.
      • $1,000 CSI Voucher valid between 6/1/2023 to 4/30/2025
      • CSI Chicago will reimburse EL Award winners up to $1,000 for approved CSI-affiliated activities and expenses incurred between June 1, 2023 and April 30, 2025. Examples of approved expenses include:
        • CSI national and chapter membership dues.
        • CSI certification study course and materials, testing, and recertification fees.
        • CSI-sponsored networking and educational event admission fees.