Wednesday / February 20, 2019 / 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Out of the Ordinary: Spatial Urbanism

The Cliff Dwellers, 200 South Michigan Avenue, 22nd floor, Chicago

John Ronan, FAIA (John Ronan Architects) will discuss his firm’s investigations of the relationship between the building and the city, and the exploration of urban spatial conditions that exist between inside and outside, public and private, building and street that expand and enrich the public realm, adding complexity to the urban spatial experience.  These “urban room” projects such as the Poetry Foundation, 151 North Franklin office tower, Obama Presidential Center competition, and new IIT Innovation Center in Chicago pose the question, “Where does the building end and the city begin?”

John founded John Ronan Architects in Chicago in 1999. He serves as Lead Designer on all projects and is known for his abstract yet sensuous work which explores materiality and atmosphere. In 1999, he was a winner in the Townhouse Revisited Competition staged by the Graham Foundation and his firm rose to national prominence as winner of the Perth Amboy High School Design Competition in 2004. His firm has been the recipient of numerous design awards including two AIA National Honor Awards. In 2016, his firm was selected as one of seven international finalists for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago and in 2017 his Poetry Foundation building was listed as one of the 125 best buildings of the last 125 years by Architectural Record. John is currently the John and Jeanne Rowe Endowed Chair Professor of Architecture at the IIT College of Architecture.

  • Cocktails:                  Cash bar opens at 4:30 pm
  • Free Program:           Begins at 6:15 pm
  • Dinner:                      Available after the program, a la carte. Guests pay for themselves; club members charge to their house account.

Reservations for dinner are requested: or call 312-922-8080. Discount parking is available after 4:00 at the garage located at 17 East Adams Street (enter on Adams between Wabash and State). Ask for a discount coupon at the club's check-in desk.


Sponsored By

The Cliff Dwellers, Society of Architectural Historians, Friends of Downtown, and AIA Chicago

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