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    John Ronan, AIA

    John Ronan, AIA

    Associate Dean of Curriculum
    Director of Design, Coordinator of Curriculum Studies
    Lead Designer and Founding Principal, John Ronan Architects


    Office Hours:
    Phone: 312.567.3230
    Fax: 312.567.5820
    Email: ronan@jrarch.com
    Web: John Ronan Architects



    • M.Arch., Harvard University Graduate School of Design
    • B.S., University of Michigan

    Curriculum Vitae

    Courses Taught

    Research & Major Accomplishments

    Registered Architect in Illinois, New Jersey, and Michigan; NCARB Certificate.


    Daniel Burnham Memorial Design Competition
    Field Museum
    Chicago, Fall 2009

    The Art Institute of Chicago
    Young Chicago Exhibition
    Chicago, November 2006

    Cornell University School of Architecture
    Perth Amboy High School Design Competition Exhibition
    Ithaca, New York, 2006

    Center for Architecture
    52nd Annual P/A Awards Exhibition
    New York, January 2005

    Graham Foundation
    Visionary Chicago Architecture Exhibition
    Chicago, November 2004

    The Architectural League of New York
    Perth Amboy High School Design Competition Exhibition
    New York, April 2004

    The Chicago Architecture Foundation
    Big & Green Chicago Exhibit
    Chicago, June 2004

    Gallery 400
    Speculative Chicago Exhibition
    Chicago, March 2003

    I-Space Gallery
    Chicago Architecture Club Members Show
    Chicago, January 2001

    I-Space Gallery
    Chicago Architecture Club Members Show
    Chicago, January 2000

    University of Illinois College of Architecture
    Townhouse Revisited Exhibition
    Champaign, Illinois, April 1999

    Graham Foundation
    Townhouse Revisited Exhibition
    Chicago, March 1999

    Current Projects

    • Poetry Foundation, Chicago.
    • Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School, Chicago.
    • South Shore High School, Chicago.
    • Kelly Curie High School, Chicago.
    • Residential Development, South Caicos Island.
    • 3020 Lake Shore Drive residence, Chicago
    • Walls Residence, Chicago.
    • Rosen Residence, Glencoe.


    • AIA Institute National Honor Award for Poetry Foundation, 2012.
    • AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Citation of Merit for Gary Comer College Prep, 2011.
    • Green Good Design Award, Chicago Antheneum Museum of Architecture and Design, The Gary Comer Youth Center, October 2010.
    • AIA Interior Architecture Award, Yale Steam Laundry, Washington D.C., October 2009.
    • AIA Honor Award, Chicago 2016 Olympics Plan, October 2009.
    • AIA Institute National Honor Award, The Gary Comer Youth Center, April 2009.
    • Green Roof Honor Award, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, The Gary Comer Youth Center, April 2009.
    • Best of Year Award, Yale Steam Laundry, Interior Design Magazine, December 2008.
    • AIA Unbuilt Architecture Award, The Old Post Office, October 2008.
    • AIA Sustainability Award, The Gary Comer Youth Center, October 2007.
    • AIA Distinguished Building Award, The Gary Comer Youth Center, October 2007.
    • AIA Divine Detail Award, The Gary Comer Youth Center, October 2007.
    • AIA Distinguished Building Award, Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School, October 2007.
    • American Architecture Award, The Chicago Atheneum Museum of Architecture & Design, The Gary Comer Youth Center, 2007.
    • The Chicago Building Congress Merit Awards, (First Place), The Gary Comer Youth Center, 2007.
    • The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence (First Place), The Gary Comer Youth Center, 2006.
    • Greenworks Award (Green Buildings), City of Chicago, The Gary Comer Youth Center, 2006.
    • AIA Distinguished Building Award, House on the Edge of a Forest, October 2005.
    • AIA Interior Architecture Award, Coach House, October 2005.
    • Emerging Voices, The Architectural League of New York, January 2005.
    • P/A Award Citation, Perth Amboy High School, 52nd Annual P/A Award Program for Architecture Magazine, January 2005.
    • Perth Amboy High School Design Competition, Winner, February 2004. International Design Competition for a new high school for 3000 students.
    • I. D. Design Award, Honorable Mention for “Redsquared,” August 2001.
    • Townhouse Revisited Competition, Winner. Townhouse competition sponsored by the Graham Foundation for the Arts, April 1999.
    • President, Chicago Architecture Club, May 2001 to May 2002.
    • Board of Directors, Chicago Architecture Club, 1999-present.
    • Julia Amory Appleton Traveling Fellowship Recipient, Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Graduation portfolio prize, May 1991.



    • Explorations: The Architecture of John Ronan, Princeton Architectural Press, 2010.

    Selected Publications

    “The Diagram,” Architectural Review, January 2006.

    “Contingency,” Influence Across Fields, The Chicago Architectural Journal 10, December 2002.

    “Impermanence,” Positions in Architecture, The Chicago Architectural Journal 9, December 2000.

    Articles on the work of John Ronan

    "Comer Prep Shines as a Beacon of Hope," Chicago Tribune, 26 September 2010.

    Yale Steam Laundry Condominiums, Architectural Record, July 2010.

    "Buildings for Bards," The Architect's Newspaper, May 2010.

    "New Austin School Breaks the Mold," Chicago Tribune, 11 April 2010.

    “Hamburg's Five-sided Square," Chicago Architect, May/June 2009.

    “Subtraction = Addition,” Chicago Architect, February 2009.

    “Interview with John Ronan,” Competitions Magazine, Winter 2008/2009.

    Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture, Phaidon Press,Ltd., 2008.

    “Superb Reduction,” Interior Design, October 2008.

    Detail in Process, As Built, Princeton Architectural Press, 2008.

    “City taps top architects for prototype revision,” Chicago Tribune, 31 August 2008.

    “John Ronan ponders designing a home for verse,” Chicago Architect, March/April 2008.

    “John Ronan's bright and bold Gary Comer Youth Center supports an ambitious agenda on Chicago’s South Side,” Architectural Record, February 2008.

    “Chicagoans of the Year: Architect’s youthful dreams unfold in his mature work,” Chicago Tribune, 30 December 2007.

    “City’s new modern marvels win top design awards,” Chicago Tribune, 26 October 2007.

     “The Gary Comer Youth Center,” Arkhitekturny Vestnik Magazine (Russia), Volume 3, 2007.

    “Ten Modern Masterpieces,” Chicago Magazine, September 2007.

    “Chicago, Reinventing a Legacy,” Blueprint, May 2007.

    “Chicago Hope,” Architect Magazine, March 2007.

    Educational Facility, Archiworld Press, 2006.

    “Miracle on 72nd Street,” Metropolis, December 2006.

    “Don’t Say Modern; Say Light, Air and Space,” The New York Times, 27 July 2006.

    Focus on Hafencity Hamburg, Hafencity Hamburg Gmbh, 2006

    “New Youth Center in Grand Crossing a Beacon of Optimism,” Chicago Tribune, June 2006.

    “House on the Lake,” Architectural Record, April 2006.

    “The Diagram,” Architectural Review, January 2006.

    The Contemporary Guesthouse, Edizioni Press, 2005

    “If It Looks Like a Mausoleum . . . ,” Chicago Reader, 10 June 2005.

    “Vision Quest: Top local architects imagine a cool new future for Chicago,” Chicago Sun-Times, 17 June 2005.

    Casas en la Ciudad, Instituto Monsa de Ediciones, 2005.

    “Emerging Voices," The Architect’s Newspaper, 9 March 2005.

    “Perth Amboy High School,” Architecture, January 2005.

    “John Ronan saves a Coach House from certain death with a clever use of light, space and materials,” Architectural Record, January 2005.

    “Building on Tradition—John Ronan ennobles the warehouse with simple materials and Hebrew tradition for a Chicago school,” Architecture, December 2004.

    Visionary Chicago Architecture, Chicago Central Area Committee Press, 2004.

    “On the Boards: Gary Comer’s Youth Center,” Architecture, October 2004.

    “Ronan’s design will alter a town, not just a school,” Architectural Record, October 2004.

    “Ronan Raises the Bar," New Zealand Architecture, July/August 2004.

    “On the Boards: Perth Amboy High School,” Architecture, May 2004.

    “Raising the Bar(s) in the Garden State,” Competitions, Spring 2004.

    “Chicago’s Bold Rebirth,” Chicago Tribune, 18 April 2004.

    “Ones to Watch: These architects are sketching tomorrow’s Chicago,” Chicago Tribune, 28 March 2004

    “Quality Control,” Chicago Tribune Magazine, 21 March 2004.

    “Upset Victory in New Jersey,” The Architect’s Newspaper 04, 9 March 2004.

    “One to Watch:  A splashy new high school puts John Ronan on the map,” Chicago Reader, 5 March 2004.

    “City architect scores upset over 3 national rivals for $84 million dollar project,” Chicago Tribune, 26 February 2004.

    “Design Hits a High Note,” Interior Design Magazine, November 2003.

    “Chicago’s Architectural Revival is New Stars’ Chance to Shine,” Chicago Sun-Times, September 2003.

    “Singular Sensation,” Chicago Tribune Magazine, July 2003.

    “An Upgrade from Coach,” Dwell Magazine, May 2003.

    “Vanguards of Design,” Shelter Magazine, October 2002.

    “Chicago’s New Standout Architects,” CS Magazine, September 2002.

    “Redsquared,” 2001 Design Review, I. D. Magazine, August 2001.

    “John Ronan seeks the essence of space in structure and material,” Architectural Record, December 2000.

    “Young Turks have designs on the townhouse of tomorrow,” Chicago Tribune, April 1999.

    Professional Society Memberships

    Editorial Board Service

    Professional Society Service

    • Alumni Council, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 2006 to present.
    • Breakthroughs in Sustainable Design, Panel Discussion member, Chicago Humanities Festival, October 2007.
    • Navy Pier Redevelopment Advisory Board, Metropolitan Pier and Exhibition Authority, Chicago, 2006-2007.
    • Big & Green, Panel Discussion on sustainable design, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, September 2004.
    • Great Places, Great Spaces, City of Chicago, tour guide, 2006 & 2007.
    • Mayor’s Institute on City Design Conference, Presenter for urban design ideas for Orland Park, Illinois, December 2005.
    • Archeworks Strategic Planning Session, April 2005.
    • Architectural Record Advertising Awards Jury, National convention in Chicago, 2004.
    • Chicago Architecture Foundation, Here & Green Symposium, Presenter, September 2004.
    • Burnham Prize Jury, Chicago Architecture Club, June 2004.
    • AIA Awards Jury, New Orleans Chapter, 2007.
    • AIA Awards Jury, Houston Chapter, 2007.
    • AIA Awards Jury, Nebraska Chapter, 2006.
    • Archeworks Auction, artwork donation for fundraising, 2006.
    • President, Chicago Architectural Club, Chicago, 2001-2002.
    • Board Member, Chicago Architectural Club, Chicago, 1999-2000.

    Grants and Fellowships

    Community Service

    • Gary Comer Youth Center