2013 Design Conference Keynote speaker John Ronan, AIA, is the lead designer and founding principal of Chicago-based John Ronan Architects. Ronan is a professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology and winner of two National AIA Design Awards in the past four years.
His firm, the office of John Ronan Architects is an internationally-recognized architecture and urban design firm committed to design excellence. Founded in 1997 the firm is comprised of dedicated design professionals committed to producing architecture of the highest quality, working on projects throughout the U.S., and in Europe.
The firm’s work is marked by conceptual innovation, exploration of materiality, a rigorous attention to detail, and the seamless integration of building systems. The firm has a studio culture and its working method is research-based, interdisciplinary and collaborative.
Led by John Ronan, the firm pursues an iterative design methodology to explore and test a wide range of design responses in order to find the appropriate response that feels intuitively correct for each individual situation, based on its client, site, program and context—cultural, historical, economic, social and political. With projects worldwide, the firm provides a variety of architectural and design services (urban design and planning, landscape design, interior design and graphic design), and promotes an interdisciplinary approach to design that includes the leading consultants in their field as collaborators.
To each project the office brings an exploratory attitude to the investigation of space and materiality, and a concern for issues of sustainability and the performance of the building over time, both functionally and environmentally.
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