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CNU Illinois is pleased to announce an esteemed jury composed of thought-leasders in New Urbanism.  Each jury member brings a wealth of experience and career accomplishments to evaulating the entries.  Below are your 2015 Charter Awards Jury Members:


Christopher Dillion

As President of Campbell Coyle Real Estate, Chris has combined  his  practical  experience  in development and urban revitalization with vast amounts of creative capital to yield catalytic projects that have contributed to the transformation of American cities. His  past  work  includes  the development of over two million square feet of retail, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout  the  United States.


As a Managing Partner of Harper Court Partners, LLC, Chris assembled and directed the winning response to Hyde Park’s Harper Court – one of the most competitive public bid competitions in City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development history. The 600,000 square foot project has transformed the Chicago neighborhood into a south side destination.


Chris is a leader in green building, having developed, lectured and advocated on the sustainability movement. He is credited with developing  one  of  the  most  sustainable  private  sector  projects  in the City of Chicago. Harper Court is the first project in the nation to achieve LEED-ND gold, LEED- CS  gold,  LEED-NC  gold  (pending)  and  LEED-CI  platinum  certifications.


He is a past appointee to the State of Illinois LEED Task Force, where he recommended policy solutions aimed at creating funding mechanisms to foster large-scale sustainability initiatives in public schools.


He currently serves on the USGBC-Illinois Board of Directors. He is also an Advisor to the Illinois- Indiana Sea Grant (IISG), empowering the communities located along 104 miles of heavily urbanized and industrialized Lake Michigan shoreline.


Chris holds a Bachelor  of  Science  in  Entrepreneurship  from  the  College  of  Business  at  the University of Illinois, where he was also an Environmental Fellow. He  is  a  past  delegate  to  The Prince of Wales’s Business & the Environment Programme at the University of Cambridge.

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Benet Haller

Associate AIA, AICP, LEED AP

Benet has worked as a planner, architect and in non-profit housing development and management.  In the early 1990’s, Benet worked for a number of residential architectural firms in the Chicago area.  While studying planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Benet worked for the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, a organization seeking to create balanced mixed-income and multi-ethnic communities in the Western Suburbs.  Following graduation, Benet worked for three and a half years for the planning and landscape architecture firm of Teska Associates in Evanston, Illinois.  He assisted in the planning of new subdivisions, rewrites of zoning ordinances, fiscal impact and demographic analyses, and tax increment finance studies.


In January of 1998, Benet began working for the City of Chicago in the Planning Department.  Initially he was the chief planning for the north part of the Central District encompassing the neighborhoods of River North, Streeterville, Cabrini-Green, Illinois Center and the Gold Coast.  From 2000 to 2003, he managed the process for the development of the Central Area Plan, which will provide a framework for the development of Chicago’s downtown for the next 20 years.


Starting in August of 2004, Benet became involved in city wide planning and urban design initiatives.  He reviews larger development projects within the city, leads city-wide planning efforts, conducts design review and works with metropolitan planning agencies to ensure that metro-wide planning policies promote reinvestment in the central city.  Benet was the city lead for several major planned development negotiations including the proposed Shelbourne Spire (designed by Santiago Calatrava) as well as the revisions to the Lake Shore East Planned Development (which includes the Aqua Tower and the proposed Wanda Tower designed by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang).


Benet holds a Master of Architecture from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh and a Master of Urban Planning and Policy from University of Illinois (UIC). He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in History (with honors) from the University of Chicago.

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Karin Miller

Living Future Accredited, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, ND

Karin is a Sustainability Manager at YR&G with experience in urban sustainability, planning, design, and energy efficiency. Working across YR&G teams, she supports a full spectrum of projects types including LEED certification coordination, sustainability strategy, research, and educational curriculum development. 

Prior to joining YR&G, Karin managed projects and provided support for the Portland, Oregon based, Energy Trust of Oregon Commercial New Buildings energy efficiency incentive program where she helped to expand Energy Star program uptake and use of Portfolio Manager through informal trainings as well as set up of the program and tools for incentive applicants.

Over the past three years, Karin has been actively involved in the Metropolitan Placemaking Committee, served on the board of Architecture for Humanity Chicago, been an active collaborator with Positive Space and has co-facilitated the Living Building Challenge Collaborative in Chicago.

Karin holds a Masters of Urban Planning from the Politecnico di Milano and a Bachelors Degree in Program in the Environment from the University of Michigan. She is Living Future Accredited and a LEED AP ND, O+M, and BD+C.

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