PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT, WHEELER KEARNS ARCHITECTS
A principal and architect at Wheeler Kearns Architects since 1988, Larry Kearns’ work in Chicago includes a Charter School within an existing building, the Old Town School of Folk Music, a series of senior-focused Cafes in Chicago and the Prototypical Fabric Pool Enclosure for the Chicago Park District.
After graduating first in his class from the University Of Miami School Of Architecture, Larry worked in the offices of Jan Hochstim, AIA in South Miami from 1981 to 1985. During that time, he headed an award-winning renovation project for the University Of Miami School Of Architecture. In 1985, Larry joined Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago. As the senior designer for the infrastructure of Canary Wharf, he oversaw the design of an international financial center on a 71-acre site in London.
Larry has served as a design critic for several universities across the United States and a juror for the SOM Travelling Fellowship, the AIA Chicago Award, and the Schiff Award at UIC. He has lectured extensively and his work has been published in The Chicago Architectural Journal, Trends, The Chicago Tribune, and is included in the permanent collection of the White House. Larry is a registered architect in the State of Illinois, a certified LEED professional, a registered energy professional with the City of Chicago, a registered Self-Certification professional with the City of Chicago, a member of the International Code Council, and a licensed soccer coach.