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Chicago is a leader in eco-friendly building design, with civic buildings like libraries and academic facilities often setting the highest bar. Hear architects discuss their newest green projects and explore how the private sector can follow suit.

February 24, 2020
6:00 pm
$20 public (includes CAC admission)
$15 CAC members
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.


Some of the city’s most advanced sustainably-designed buildings are built by schools, non-profits and local government. In addition to sharing project details, our speakers will explore why this is the case. Learn about the far-reaching and innovative green characteristics of the University of Chicago’s Keller Center, recently renovated by Farr Associates; the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Kaplan Institute by John Ronan Architects; and a new multi-functional library and community space for the Altgeld Gardens public housing development, designed by KOO Architecture.

Program Speaker: John Ronan

John Ronan

John Ronan FAIA is founding principal of John Ronan Architects in Chicago and serves as Lead Designer on all projects. He holds a Master of Architecture degree with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. In 1999 he was a winner in the Townhouse Revisited Competition staged by the Graham Foundation and his firm was the winner of the prestigious Perth Amboy High School Design Competition in 2004, a two-stage international design competition to design a 472,000 square foot high school in New Jersey. His firm has been the recipient of two AIA Institute National Honor Awards, and in 2016 was one of seven international finalist firms for the Obama Presidential Center.

AIA/CES Credits: 2 LUs

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  • Discounted tickets are available with a valid student ID for $12 at the CAC Box Office.