A wide range of experiences best characterizes Joe Valerio's rise in the architectural profession. After receiving his B.Arch from the University of Michigan and M.Arch from the University of California Berkeley, he not only was a founder of his own firm, engaging in several projects, but taught at the School of Architecture, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee from 1973-86. Winning the Colton Palms Senior Apartments Competition (Colton Springs, CA) in 1988 opened doors to larger projects, the first of which was for the U2 Manufacturing Facility (U.S. Robotics Corporation) in Skokie, Illinois. This was followed by other commissions from U.S. Robotics, including and Office and Research Center in Mt. Prospect, Illinois and, after being acquired by 3Com, its Midwest Corporate Campus in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. Non-corporate projects included Coosa Pines Health Center, Coosa, Alabama, NBC broadcast facilities for Democratic Conventions, and the Lincoln Park Zoo and Cafe, Oak Park, Illinois. Some of the more important projects outside the Chicago area ihave been the eBay Corporate Headquarters, San Jose, California, the Kresge Foundation Headquarters, Troy, Michigan, and headquarters of various computer and software companies in the San Francisco Bay area. A member of various juries, Joe Valerio also chaired the Committee for Design of the American Institute of Architects.