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John Ronan

Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Visiting Professor of Architecture

John is founding principal of John Ronan Architects in Chicago, founded in 1999. He 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, John 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. In 2006 he was featured in the Young Chicago exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. 

John's work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the U.S., including the Graham Foundation, the Art Institute of Chicago, and The Architectural League of New York’s Urban Center, and his work has been featured in numerous international publications. 

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). A monograph on his work, entitled Explorations, published by Princeton Architectural Press was released in 2010. John is currently Professor of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, where he has taught since 1992.

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