Past winners

The Richard M. Daley Friend of the Neighborhoods Award

This year’s honoree is the perfect embodiment of the award – Sunny Fischer.

While CNDA attendees may best know Sunny as the executive director of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, she has shared her prodigious skills with many other organizations and causes. Raised in New York City’s public housing, after finishing graduate school at the University of Chicago, Sunny began her career as a social worker and then as a teacher in the public schools.

Among many lasting accomplishments, Sunny is a founding mother of the Sophia Fund and the Chicago Foundation for Women, and co-founder of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance. She is also is a founder of the National Public Housing Museum and currently chairs the board of the Illinois State Historic Preservation Agency.

As executive director of the Driehaus Foundation, Sunny has contributed to changing the way that neighborhood architecture is perceived and practiced. Convinced that good architecture makes a lasting difference to individuals and neighborhoods, she helped design the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Architectural Excellence in Community Design to recognize and inspire great architecture.

For her profound commitment to people and place, expressed in both her personal and professional lives, Sunny Fischer is this year’s winner of the Richard M. Daley Friend of the Neighborhoods Award.