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UIC alumnus Mark Dewalt to receive City of Hope's Spirit of Life Award

Chicago—Mark Dewalt, principal of Valerio Dewalt Train, will be awarded the Spirit of Life® award on November 21 by City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Presented by the Chicago Construction and Real Estate Council for City of Hope, a group of construction and real estate professionals who help fund City of Hope, the award is
given each year at the Spirit of Life Award Dinner to honor an industry leader for outstanding leadership and contributions to philanthropy. This year’s dinner will take place at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago.

“Both my wife and I are cancer survivors,” Dewalt says. “The fact that I’m here today is the result of a clinical trial I participated in 30 years ago. Clinical trials are just one of the important components of what City of Hope does, and I’m honored to be recognized by such an incredible institution.”

Dewalt, a founding principal of Valerio Dewalt Train, has headed architectural projects such as NBC’s broadcast studio at the Chicago Democratic National Convention; Cabot Microelectronics’ new research and development campus in Aurora, Illinois; the renovation of the former Chicago & Trust Building, and the development of Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. Other clients include Underwriters Laboratories, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and LiveNation.

A founding member and past president of the Chicago Construction and Real Estate Council for City of Hope, Dewalt plays an active role in Chicago’s philanthropic community. In addition, Mark is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the School of Architecture Alumni Board at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). He has been a guest critic of UIC student work and was a member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Restoration Committee in Oak Park, Illinois.

About Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
Founded in 1994, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, Inc. (VDTA) is a 55-person national architectural and design practice with offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Palo Alto, California. The firm provides high-value design services to developers, corporations, foundations, and cultural institutions. In 1997, Architectural Record selected the firm as one of “America’s Best-Managed Firms.” The firm’s five AIA
Honor Awards place it among the top 10 firms nationally to earn such awards.

About City of Hope
City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope’s main hospital is located in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles, with clinics in Antelope Valley and South Pasadena. It is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S.News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics.



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