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.
British architect Will Alsop first gained notice on the international stage when, still a student at age 23, his entry in the International Pompidou Centre competition in Paris won second prize. After leaving the AA in London, he first worked for Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew (both Modernists), then spent four years in the office of Cedric Price. In 1981 Alsop set up a practice with classmate John Lyall, which was later joined by Jan Störmer. The firm's first major commissions were a Sheringham swimming pool in Norfolk and a visitor center in Cardiff Bay. The firm then built several projects in Germany, including the Hamburg Ferry Terminal, before winning a competition for a regional government building in Marseille in 1994—beating out competitors such as Norman Foster. In 2000 Alsop and Störmer formed their own separate practices, the former becoming Alsop Architects. After several ownership changes, the Alsop firm is now aLL.
A number of projects in the U.K. followed, including the Peckham Library in London, for which Alsop received the Stirling Prize in 2000. His projects abroad included a Cruise Terminal in Shanghai, China (2009) and the much acclaimed addition to the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto (2004).
Alsop was a visiting lecturer and critic at various universities, including Vienna University of Technology, Universities of London and Hanover, and Ball State University's School of Architecture and Planning. In 2013 he became a Professor of Architecture at the University for the Creative Arts's Canterbury School of Architecture.
Born in Tucamán, Argentina, Cesar Pelli received his Dipl. of Architecture from the Universidad Nacional de Tucamán and M.S. Architecture from the University of Illinois. While employed at the offices of Eero Saarinen (1954/64), he traveled to Argentina as Professor of Design at Univ. de Tucumán. From 1964 to 1968 he was Director of Design at Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall, Los Angeles, then Design Partner at Gruen Associates, Los Angeles (1968/76). While at the latter firm, his entry in the U.N. City Competition, Vienna, received an award as a finalist. He subsequently was commissioned by the U.S. Government to design the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo (1972/75). In 1977 he was named Dean of the School of Architecture at Yale University, where his firm, Cesar Pelli Associates was established. Since then, he was participated in and won several high-profile competitions, most notably the World Financial Center at Battery Park, New York (1980/88), SeaHawk Hotel, Fukuoka, Japan (1991/95), Performing Arts Center, Miami (1995/2006) and Transbay Center Terminal, San Francisco (2007-2017). He received the Gold Medal from the Photo: Hank Morgan American Institute of Architects in 1995.