John Ronan FAIA
John Ronan is founding principal of the firm and serves as Lead Designer on all projects the office undertakes. He is known for his abstract yet sensuous work which explores materiality and atmosphere. John holds a Master of Architecture degree with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. In 1999, he was a winner in the Townhouse Revisited Competition staged by the Graham Foundation and his firm was the winner of the prestigious Perth Amboy High School Design Competition in 2004, a two-stage international design competition to design a 472,000 square foot high school in New Jersey. In December 2000, he was named as a member of the Design Vanguard by Architectural Record magazine, and in January 2005 he was selected to The Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices program. John has lectured widely and his work has been exhibited internationally, including the Art Institute of Chicago and The Architectural League of New York’s Urban Center. His work has been included in numerous publications on design and covered extensively by the international design press. A monograph on his work, entitled Explorations, published by Princeton Architectural Press was released in 2010. His firm has been the recipient of two AIA Institute National Honor Awards (for the Poetry Foundation and The Gary Comer Youth Center, both in Chicago). He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award.
John is currently Professor of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, where he has taught since 1992. His interests include drawing, writing and fly fishing. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters.