Hickman accepted the award Thursday, February 2 at an Awards Gala held in the North Lobby of the Merchandise Mart hosted by Luxe Interiors + Design magazine. The first annual Chicago Interior Design Hall of Fame guests included over 500 trade professionals, industry leaders and design aficionados.
Second runner up, Darcy Bonner of Darcy Bonner and Associates LLC, and first runner up, Shea Soucie and Martin Horner of Soucie Horner Ltd., were also recognized.
“The event was a huge milestone for the Chicago Design community as it’s the first award of its kind,” said Julia Chappell, Managing Director of Marketing for the Design Center. “Our goal with the Chicago Interior Design Hall of Fame was to bring recognition to the vast array of design talent in the Chicago-area and honor the many designers who have contributed to interior design, civic endeavors and overall community well-being.”
The 10 nominees were selected by a jury of Design Center and Luxe Interiors + Design representatives. The nominees also included Susan Fredman of Susan Fredman Design Group, Alex Jordan and Dan Smieszny of Gregga Jordan Smieszny Inc, Gary Lee of Gary Lee Partners, Suzanne Lovell of Suzanne Lovell Inc, Margaret McCurry of Tigerman McCurry Architects, Frank Ponterio of Frank Ponterio Interior Design and Tom Stringer of Tom Stringer Design Associates.
In addition, Judy Niedermaier was honored with a special video tribute at the Awards Gala and received Posthumous Recognition for her many contributions to the design community.
“Winning and making a difference does not happen alone. It takes great clients, talent, passion as well as votes from industry colleagues,” said Jennifer Matthews, VP and Group Publisher for Luxe Interiors + Design. “The Merchandise Mart and Luxe Interiors + Design have the special honor of making the connections and showcasing this dynamic process and the individual talents that make it all happen. We are particularly excited because there is no lack of talent in Chicago. We are looking forward to honoring and celebrating interior designers for many years to come, both in the pages of Luxe Interiors + Design and in celebrations like this."
Hickman earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University’s selective 50-student interior design program in 1988. During that time, she studied architecture and interior design in Milan, Paris and London, experiences that made her particularly sensitive to the architectural dictates of space and the possibilities they create. After obtaining her NCIDQ certification and spending four years with Chicago-based Vert and Associates, Tracy began Hickman Design Associates in 1992. Specializing in residential design, she works with her colleagues Elizabeth Krueger and Chad Munger to provide attentive, complete service throughout every aspect of the design process.
“I love interior design and feel lucky to have been able to make it a career,” said Hickman. “Being recognized as part of such a talented group of designers was a pinch yourself moment. Being selected as the first Chicago Interior Design Hall of Fame inductee, surrounded by family, friends, and colleagues is just plain humbling.”
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