August’s Architect of the Month: Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith is another architect with ties to Chicago that I admire, and he is the mind behind some of the most recognizable and enormous buildings in the world. He’s also the amazing architect who designed the Burj…

August’s Architect of the Month: Adrian Smith

August’s Architect of the Month: Adrian Smith

Dezeen Photo. Adrian Smith is another architect with ties to Chicago that I admire, and he is the mind behind some of the most recognizable and enormous buildings in the world. He’s also the amazing architect who designed the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest...

July’s Architect of the Month: Carlos Martinez

July’s Architect of the Month: Carlos Martinez

Photograph by Eric Laignel, Interior Design.When I think of an architect who has made an impact on my life in a personal way, I’d say that Carols Martinez definitely holds that title. He’s a genuine and talented person who is deeply dedicated to his craft, and his...

June’s Featured Architect: Ralph Johnson

June’s Featured Architect: Ralph Johnson

Chicago Architecture CenterRalph Johnson is an award-winning architect who has a deep understanding and appreciation of his hometown of Chicago. His work is instantly recognizable by many who know the city well, and he has added to a long and proud tradition of the...

May’s Featured Architect: Frank Gehry

May’s Featured Architect: Frank Gehry

There are very few architects that are as widely celebrated and recognized today as Frank Gehry. Honestly, at this point, Frank stands alone at the top. A constant innovator, a disruptor of traditional practices, and a creative visionary, Frank has designed iconic...

April’s Featured Architect: Maya Lin

April’s Featured Architect: Maya Lin

Artist, architect, and memorialist Maya Lin was born in 1959, into a family of artists. Her mother was a poet and literature professor and her father a ceramicist and the dean of Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts. Both of her parents fled China in 1948 in order...

March’s Featured Architect: Lamar Johnson Collaborative

March’s Featured Architect: Lamar Johnson Collaborative

Clayco added the discipline of architecture and engineering to the enterprise back in 1999 with the founding of Forum Studio. The idea from the start was to be a creative force with extraordinary technical strength to cultivate a culture of design-build within the...

February’s Featured Architect: David Adjaye

February’s Featured Architect: David Adjaye

At its core, architecture is about building for communities. No one does community-focused architecture better than my friend, Sir David Adjaye, which is something I’ve always admired about his work. Adjaye is a British-Ghanaian architect, born in Tanzania, who was...

January’s Featured Architect: Mario Botta

January’s Featured Architect: Mario Botta

Two architects that altered the way I think about design and buildings are Eero Saarinen and Mario Botta. Both have a striking shift in the paradigm of what buildings can do to change the very way we think about our everyday surroundings. Botta was born in Switzerland...

December’s Featured Architect: Jeanne Gang

December’s Featured Architect: Jeanne Gang

Architect Jeanne Gang, who was named Time Magazine’s most influential architect in 2019, deserves recognition for both her incredible designs and her work in raising awareness about ecological issues in the industry. Gang hails from Belvedere, Illinois, and went on to...

The Bottom Line: Appreciation

The Bottom Line: Appreciation

When it comes to weathering challenging circumstances, the bottom line is appreciation. The most important thing a leader can do is demonstrate a genuine appreciation for the people that show up, day after day, to do their job despite the difficulties at hand.  The...

November’s Featured Architect: Bjarke Ingels

November’s Featured Architect: Bjarke Ingels

November’s featured architect is my friend, the young and charismatic Bjarke Ingels, who is a Danish architect and the founder of Bjarke Ingels Group—better known as BIG. He was born in Copenhagen in 1974 and demonstrated an interest in drawing from a very young age....

The Job Is The Boss 2020 Tour Final Week

The Job Is The Boss 2020 Tour Final Week

Well folks, that’s a wrap! This week we completed the final leg of The Job Is The Boss 2020 Tour, which turned out to be just as incredible as I anticipated. This week we made 10 stops, beginning and ending in Chicago.   On Monday we visited the Harbor Freight Tools...

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April’s Featured Architect: Maya Lin

April’s Featured Architect: Maya Lin

Artist, architect, and memorialist Maya Lin was born in 1959, into a family of artists. Her mother was a poet and literature professor and...