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    John F. DeSalvo, AIA

    John F. DeSalvo, AIA

    Studio Associate Professor
    Director of Graduate Admissions
    Curator of Graduate Year 2 (Fall)
    Owner and founder, JDD

    Office: Minerals & Metals Building
    Office Hours:
    Phone: 312.567.3230
    Fax: 312.567.5820
    Email: jdsdesign@sbcglobal.net
    Web: JDD - John DeSalvo Design


    • Architecture design and freehand rendering, energy saving design and detailing


    • M.Arch. in Urban Design, Cornell University
    • B.Arch., Cornell University
    • Cornell University study abroad program, Scandinavia, 1985
    • B.S. in Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1984

    Curriculum Vitae

    Courses Taught

    Research & Major Accomplishments

    John DeSalvo has been practicing architecture since 1988. He spent a decade living in Germany, where he worked for some of the leading architects of the 20th century, including Norman Foster on the Reichstag project and Helmut Jahn in Berlin and Chicago.

    John now resides in Chicago where he has his own architectural practice, John DeSalvo Design (JDD). His practice takes a comprehensive approach to integrating technology and sustainability in a way that results in great design. He has won several design awards and is a freehand illustrator for Norton Press Publications' architectural pocket guide series, which includes books on Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami.

    John has been an adjunct professor at Illinois Institute of Technology since 2004. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate design studios. For the 2010 European Summer program to Germany and Denmark, John organized tours of some of the best known energy efficient façade and innovative structures built in recent years. The program offered students the opportunity to meet with the architects and see the facilities of some of the most prolific firms and new buildings of the 21st century.

    Current Projects


    • AIA Chicago Small Projects Honor Award, 2011
    • Innovative kitchen design competition, Chicago Tribune, 2006
    • AIA design award for DIFA Office Building, Berlin with Murphy/Jahn (member of project design team), 2004



    • Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture, Norton Press, 1998, 2005
    • Pocket Guide to Los Angeles Architecture, 2009

    Selected Publications

    Professional Society Memberships

    Editorial Board Service

    Professional Society Service

    • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
    • Architektenkammer Berlin

    Grants and Fellowships

    Community Service