Three Chicago Architects Reflect on The Thompson Center
Jun02

Three Chicago Architects Reflect on The Thompson Center

When architects get together in their buttery leather chairs and tweed jackets, sitting in front of a roaring fireplace, stuffing pipes, drinking cognac, and doing other fictional things, one of the common topics of conversation is the James R. Thompson Center.  It’s become something of a parlor game to try to come up with ways — practical and impractical — of dealing with the former state office building that seems all but...

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One South Halsted: Greektown’s Unbuilt Column
Dec07

One South Halsted: Greektown’s Unbuilt Column

Recently we sat down with the principals at FitzGerald Associates to talk about a lot of things.  Naturally, one of the items that came up was the firm’s much-anticipated One South Halsted project.  The 46-story cylindrical tower was approved by the city a little over three years ago, and since then… nothing.  Until Michael De Rouin told us, “It may finally be starting to move forward here. We’ll see.” Editor:...

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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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What To Do With the Thompson Center? Part 2: FitzGerald Associates
Nov16

What To Do With the Thompson Center? Part 2: FitzGerald Associates

In October Governor Bruce Rauner announced plans for the State of Illinois to sell the Thompson Center (100 West Randolph Street), possibly for demolition and redevelopment.   We spent the last few weeks talking to a dozen Chicago architects and developers about what they think of the building and its predicament. Today we hear from the West Loop architecture firm FitzGerald Associates Architects, which has sympathy for the aging,...

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