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    Edward Keith Uhlir, FAIA

    Edward Keith Uhlir, FAIA

    Adjunct Professor
    Executive Director, Millennium Park Inc.


    Office Hours:
    Phone: 312.744.2053
    Fax: 312.744.2036
    Email: ed.uhlir@sbcglobal.net
    Web: Millennium Park Inc.


    • Contemporary Chicago Architecture


    • BA, Architectural Design, University of Illinois

    Curriculum Vitae

    Courses Taught

    Research & Major Accomplishments

    Building Millennium Park

    Current Projects

    • - Millennium Park Upgrades
    • - Aurora Riverfront Park


    • - American Institute of Architects Institute Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design for Millennium Park, 2006
    • - Urban Land Institute, Global Award for Millennium Park, 2005
    • - FIABCI, Prix d’Excellence, Recreation 2005, Millennium Park
    • - Paralyzed Veterans of America’s 2005 Barrier-Free America Award, Millennium Park
    • - Midwest Construction Magazine, Developer of the Year, 2004, Millennium Park
    • - UIC City Partner Award, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2002
    • - Mary Ward Wolkonsky Award, Friends of Downtown, 2000
    • - Distinguished Service Award for Professional Excellence, Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, 1999
    • - Coastal Project Award for the Chicago Lakeshore Project, American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA), 1998
    • - Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning to the Chicago Park District, Metropolitan Planning Council of Illinois for the City Space Plan, 1998



    • The Ark in the Park: The Story of Lincoln Park Zoo, co-author, University of Illinois Press, 2003

    Selected Publications

    “The Millennium Park Effect,” The Economic Development Journal, Spring 2005

    A Force of Nature: The Life and Work of Jens Jensen, contributing author, The Chicago Cultural Center and the Chicago Park District, 2002

    “Constructing Millennium Park” in Constructed Ground: The Millennium Garden Design Competition, Edited by Charles Waldheim, University of Illinois Press, 2001

    “Park It Here,” Urban Land, September 2000

    “20th Century Chicago: 100 Years, 100 Voices,” Edited by Adrienne Drell, Chicago Sun-Times, 1999

    “City Spaces/Turning Abandoned Land into Green Assets,” Economic Development Commentary, 1999

    “Cityspace Plan,” 1998

    “Lincoln Park Framework Plan, A Restoration and Management Framework,” Office of Research and Planning, 1993

    “Shoreline Reconstruction Plans for Chicago,” 1993

    “Grant Park Design Guidelines,” Office of Research and Planning, 1992

    “Urban Park Reform in the Chicago South Park Commission,” Thresholds, New York: Rizzoli, 1991

    “The Chicago Park District’s Plan for Preserving Chicago’s Publicly Owned Shoreline,” Proceedings of the International Conference of Aquapolises, 1990

    “Shoreline Protection and Recreational Enhancement,” Chicago Park District, 1989

    Professional Society Memberships

    Editorial Board Service

    Professional Society Service

    • - Registered to practice architecture in Illinois
    • - Member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
    • - Member of the American Institute of Architects – Served in various capacities on the Board of the Chicago Chapter, including President (1986-1987) and Foundation President (1987-1988). Elected to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 1990

    Grants and Fellowships

    Community Service

    • - Secretary of the NeighborSpace Board of Directors
    • - Member of the Mayor of Chicago’s Parks and Open Space Committee