Although known in Chicago primarily for his schools, John Ronan's Poetry Foundation building on West Superior Street has received more recognition on a national scale. But in the architectural community, schools such as the Gary Comer College Prep School on Chicago's South Side, or Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School have gained him praise from his peers. Along the way, he won a national, open competition for Perth Amboy High School in New Jersey, as well as first place in the Yale Steam Laundry Condominiums competition in Washington, DC, which was subsequently realized.
Photo: Hedrich Blessing
When it was announced that John Ronan would be the lone architect to represent Chicago in the invited Obama Library competition, it was only natural that many would assume that he would be a 'wild card', as he was matched up against a collection of star architects from around the world.
John Ronan received his B.Arch from the University of Michigan and M.Arch from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. After stints with the Chicago firms Krueck & Sexton Architects and Lohan Associates, he established his own firm in 1997.
Since opening an office in Warsaw, Poland in 1991, Andrzaj Bulanda of Bulanda Mucha Architects has won a number of competitions, many of which have been realized. Some of the more impressive are the BRE BANK Headquarters in Bydgoszcz, the adaptation and modernization of Rother Mill and the Hotel PRUDENTIAL in Warsaw. Bulanda received his M.Engineering at the Warsaw Polytechnic, worked with Rolf Gutbrot and Frei Otto in Berlin before receiving a B.Arch from the University of Detroit. He was later a visiting scholar at Harvard's GSD, then taught for one year at Pennsylvania State University.
Andrzaj Bulanda and Wlodzimierz Mucha
Andrzej Bulanda and Vlodzimierz Mucha
Richard Francis-Jones is a Partner of award-winning Australian architecture practice Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt) and has been the Design Director for many highly acclaimed and awarded projects, which have been widely published both nationally and internationally. Projects led by Richard have received many awards including the AR/MIPIM Future Project Award and the World Architecture Festival shortlist. Top state and national awards for public architecture have included the Sir Zelman Cowen Award, the Sir John Sulman Medallion, the Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage, the Lloyd Rees Civic Design Award and the National Interior Architecture Award.
Jones received his B.Arch from the University of Sydney and M.Arch from Columbia University