Our Organization

“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

-Margaret Mead

Our Organization

archi-treasures is a non-profit, arts-based community development organization that combats urban isolation by involving people in projects that transform public space and increase civic engagement.

Creative professionals and community members partner to improve neighborhoods throughout Chicago. archi-treasures’ results are tangible – community parks, murals, and outdoor movie screenings – and intangible – people who feel proud of what they’ve made and where they live.

We value our relationships with community leaders and organizations, volunteers, corporate partners, and residents, for it is through our work together that we truly make a difference. Learn more about how you can get involved.

Click here to learn more about our projects.

Awards and Recognition

2013 AIA Illinois President’s Award

In mid April 2013, archi-treasures received the American Institute of Architects Illinois President’s Award which recognizes organizations that have significantly advanced the principles of livable communities and promote the understanding of the profession of architecture.

Past Awards:

  • AIA Chicago 2011 Distinguished Service Award
  • Spencer Technology Academy 2010 Certificate of Excellence
  • ChiWest Capacity Building Initiative 2010 Certificate of Completion
  • 2005 Mayor Daley’s 2nd Place Landscape Award 
  • 2004 Mayor Daley’s 3rd Place Landscape Award 
  • 10th Ward Green Summit Award of Merit