Chicago Architects Project

The Chicago Architects Project (CAP) is an ongoing and evolving research project illustrating the relationships among architects, their mentors and their proteges within the Chicago area.

With support provided by the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), AIA Chicago, and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the goal is to create an online genealogy of Chicago architects from the 19th through the 21st centuries that can be utilized by architects, historians and students.


The current research is built upon updating the Chicago architects’ genealogy published in the Art Institute of Chicago’s 1993 exhibition catalog, Chicago Architecture and Design, 1923-1993: Reconfiguration of an American Metropolis.

Click here or the image below to view the Chicago Architects Map in detail. Zoom in to view in detail. Search/Find (Ctrl F) to find a specific name.

How to Participate

You can help the CAP effort. Send photographs of architects on the list or their projects or provide further information by filling out this PDF form.  Email all submissions and inquires to

Please note only Chicago-area architects and designers who meet any of the following criteria are considered eligible for inclusion in the genealogy:

(1) Received honors or awards

(2) Have been published

(3) Are distinguished teachers

(4) Fellows, AIA

The CAP committee includes architects, architectural historians, preservationists, and archivists.

Project Directors

Stanley Tigerman, FAIA, Tigerman McCurry Architects
Pauline Saliga, Executive Director, Society of Architectural Historians
Zurich Esposito, Hon. AIA, Executive Vice President, AIA Chicago 

Advisory Committee 

Christen Sundquist, Historic Preservation Consultant / CAP Research Intern
Joclyn Oats, Professor, Columbia College
Patricia SaldaSaldaña Natke, FAIA, President, Urban Works Chicago
Joan Pomaranc, Program Director, AIA Chicago
Robert Bruegmann, Emeritus Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Kevin Harrington, Emeritus Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology
Mary Woolever, architecture librarian (retired, Art Institute of Chicago)
Anne Sullivan, FAIA, Director, Historic Preservation Program, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
David Van Zanten, Professor, Northwestern University
Kara Elliott-Ortega, Media and Communications, Society of Architectural Historians
Alexandra Markiewicz, SAHARA Editorial Assistant