Architects Carol Ross Barney will discuss key civic projects that her office has been working on for the city of Chicago.

Founded in 1981 by Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, Ross Barney Architects has been dedicated to designing the buildings that form communities and the infrastructures tying them together to make our cities work. Chicago, queen of architectural cities, is our home and our laboratory.  

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We maintain that design excellence is a right, not a privilege. By operating on the principle that the design process must examine the broadest range of opinions to create excellence, the studio has deployed an extraordinarily collaborative and holistic design process, engaging the client, user, and architect. Design happens in the synergetic interactions and exchange of ideas.  

Research has always fueled our design process. We search for enhanced understanding of programmatic needs and trends. We are continually exploring new materials and system applications to improve the performance of our buildings. We allow the building to grow out of its place, its technology, and its functional needs.  

This combination of a collaborative process and material exploration has allowed Ross Barney Architects to provide lasting contributions to the built environment, positioning the studio to continue leaving the world a better place.

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This event is organized by Iker Gil as part of the exhibition “BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago” on display at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.