12 Minutes With Adrian Smith
Mar24

12 Minutes With Adrian Smith

  There are “starchitects” who are big names with few real world projects, and there are architects who are stars who actually build amazing, fantastic, envelope-pushing buildings.  Adrian Smith is one of those later stars — someone who actually gets things done. The Chicago-born industry leader is known globally for having his name on such projects as Canary Wharf, and the General Motors Renaissance Center while...

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Windy City Chalks Four of the Year’s Top 50 Architecture Firms
Sep14

Windy City Chalks Four of the Year’s Top 50 Architecture Firms

Another ranking of architecture firms is out, and in this one Chicago is pretty well represented. Two locals, AS+GG and Perkins+Will, made it into this year’s top ten American architecture firms as ranked by Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects.  AS+GG gets a blue ribbon for coming in first place.  Perkins+Will gets green or yellow or whatever color corresponds with fifth. The firms are ranked on 13...

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Chicago Lands Just One Firm in This Year’s Architecture Top 25
Jul14

Chicago Lands Just One Firm in This Year’s Architecture Top 25

Chicago, once a world powerhouse of manufacturing, literature, film, music, and video games can now add architecture firms to its list of industries in which it was once a leader. The city of Burnham, Sullivan, Mies, and occasionally Wright is barely a blip in the Architectural Record annual ranking of the world’s Top 300 Architecture Firms. Chicago-based Perkins+Will is saddled with the task of waving the flag for the Windy...

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Neighbor News: Chicago’s AS+GG to Design South Bend Renaissance District
May15

Neighbor News: Chicago’s AS+GG to Design South Bend Renaissance District

The city of South Bend has big plans for the derelict manufacturing district that used to crank out Studebakers.  Now it’s going to be a big time technology hub under the name of the Renaissance District.  And this small city is making no small plans, hiring big city starchitecture firm AS+GG to design the place.  Read the full press release below. South Bend Renaissance District Project Lands World-Renowned Architect: Project...

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Northwestern Selects Five Big Names to Replace One Goldberg
Nov07

Northwestern Selects Five Big Names to Replace One Goldberg

For the last few years, Chicago’s architecture and preservation communities have been waiting for the other shoe to drop. After losing a heated battle against Northwestern University to preserve the beloved former Prentice Womens’ Hospital Building by Bertrand Goldberg, the question has been what would Northwestern eventually replace the building with? Today three shiny, finely tailored loafers fell out of the sky in Streeterville. If...

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Smoking Hot Models: The Light-Up Lakeshore East [Video]
Dec26

Smoking Hot Models: The Light-Up Lakeshore East [Video]

Magellan Development, the people behind the downtown architectural Disneyland that is Lakeshore East, have this wonderful model of their project that gets updated as more and more buildings go up. Sure, lots of companies have little models of their buildings.  But this one’s different — it lights up! The completed buildings are illuminated from inside, and the effect is really nice. Here’s the best part — We...

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