Passings: Sidney Epstein
Feb05

Passings: Sidney Epstein

2016 is barely a month old, and it’s been a very rough year already for high-profile deaths.  Now Chicago’s architecture industry has been touched by the passing of Sidney Epstein at the age of 92. Reflecting its later-day bias, sadly Wikipedia does not contain an entry for Mr. Epstein, who joined the family firm in 1945.  But a selection of the buildings his firm worked on while he was there includes The Chicago Federal...

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Shoptalk: Jeanne Gang Gets a Residency in Rome
Feb04

Shoptalk: Jeanne Gang Gets a Residency in Rome

Chicago starchitect Jeanne Gang is among a select group of people honored by the American Academy in Rome with a residency in Rome.  She gets to stay in the Eternal City to study architecture, “in an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and artistic experimentation.” Read more in the AAR’s press release below.   AAR Introduces Spring 2016 Residents: William Kentridge, Kara Walker, Jeanne Gang, David Adjaye,...

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What Legat Has Learned About the Architecture of Accessibility and Future-Proofing
Feb01

What Legat Has Learned About the Architecture of Accessibility and Future-Proofing

We continue our discussion with Legat Architects.  Last week we introduced you to the suburban firm with the West Loop outpost that’s focused on the education, healthcare, and institutional sectors. Today, Chief Design Officer Ted Haug, Principal Jeff Sronkoski, and President/CEO Patrick Brosnan explain to us how being focused on those markets means accessibility is a high priority.  And an ever-changing one. Jeff Sronkoski: ...

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A Look at Legat — The Architecture Firm Making a Splash in Horizontal Space
Jan25

A Look at Legat — The Architecture Firm Making a Splash in Horizontal Space

Over the years we’ve been lucky enough to sit down with a number of architecture firms and development companies in Chicago and introduce them to our readers.  For some, it’s become an annual affair.  For others, this is their first time at this rodeo. Today we welcome Legat Architects to the table for the first time. Chief Design Officer Ted Haug, Principal Jeff Sronkoski, and President/CEO Patrick Brosnan took some time...

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Shoptalk: Perkins+Will Named Chicago Firm of the Year
Dec28

Shoptalk: Perkins+Will Named Chicago Firm of the Year

We don’t do a lot of awards news here.  Mostly because there are thousands of architecture awards handed out each year, sometimes for minutiae, by organizations big and miniscule.  But the Chicago chapter of the AIA is a big deal, and so is its Firm of the Year award, which this year went to Perkins+Will.  This is the firm’s 80th year for its flagship office here in the Windy City.  Read more about it in the press release...

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Inside Baseball: Dirk Lohan Makes a Wight Decision
Dec16

Inside Baseball: Dirk Lohan Makes a Wight Decision

Big name Chicago architect Dirk Lohan is making a New Year’s relocation: He’s moving to Wight & Company, along with a number of his staffers and partner. Lohan’s current firm, Lohan Anderson, will cease to exist, and both Mr. Lohan and his partner Floyd Anderson will hang out a new shingle as “Studio Lohan” under the Wight & Company umbrella.  They will also become principals in Wight &...

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FitzGerald Associates on Arkadia, Awards, and Negotiating with NIMBYs
Dec01

FitzGerald Associates on Arkadia, Awards, and Negotiating with NIMBYs

  Our series of articles profiling Chicago’s architecture firms continues today with a look at FitzGerald Associates.  We recently sat down with company chairman Pat FitzGerald, president Michael De Rouin, and Richard Whitney to learn more about the firm, its vision, and some advice for NIMBYs dealing with developers. Editor: We always start out these profiles with a little history.  Tell us where your firm started....

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Talking SCB: Bullish on South Loop, Bearish on Balconies and Wagering on Chicago’s Next Supertall Skyscraper
Nov11

Talking SCB: Bullish on South Loop, Bearish on Balconies and Wagering on Chicago’s Next Supertall Skyscraper

Every year we drop by the Magnificent Mile offices of Solomon Cordwell Buenz, one of Chicago’s most visible and prolific architecture firms, to catch up on what it’s been up to over the last year. Chairman and Design Principal John Lahey once again sat down with us to look both back, and forward, at the firm and the architecture industry. Editor: Things really seem to be cooking in Chicago. Some of the local architecture...

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Architecture Films Now Running in Chicago
Oct15

Architecture Films Now Running in Chicago

If you like architecture, you’ve come to the right web site.  If you like architecture and movies, then you should head over to the 51st annual Chicago International Film Festival, which starts today and runs for two weeks.  That’s because this year’s festival spotlight is “Architecture + Space + Design.” It looks like there are a number of very interesting locally-themed architecture films on offer....

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P+W Gets High Honor for High School in South Loop
Oct12

P+W Gets High Honor for High School in South Loop

By now you’ve had plenty of time to ogle the new Jones Prep High School in the South Loop.  The postmodern-with-a-touch-of-modern school runs for a block-and-a-half down State Street between West Harrison and West Polk Streets.  It replaces the brutalist cube that went into service in 1967 and still stands at 700 South State Street. For its work on the new school, Chicago’s own Perkins+Will has been awarded the 2015 Mies...

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