John Syvertsen (Chair)
FAIA, Senior Principal, Cannon Design
Mr. Syvertsen has been chair of the AIA National Committee on Design, and president of both the AIA Chicago Chapter and the Chicago Architectural Club. Mr. Syvertsen has Board and Advisory positions at the Illinois Institute of Technology, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Mr. Syvertsen is a leader and original member of The Chicago Design Initiative.
Eva Maddox (Vice Chair)
Assoc AIA, FIIDA, LEED AP,
Principal, Perkins+Will | Eva Maddox Branded Environments,
Ms. Maddox is Co-Founder of Archeworks and a Fellow of the International Interior Design Association. An extended bio can be found on the Our History page.
Patricia Booth (Chair Emeritus)
Assistant Administrator of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), retired, Chicago.
Ms. Booth is former Chair of the RIC’s Women’s Board and a Board Member of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.
Howard Conant, Jr. (Treasurer)
President, Urban Innovations Inc., Chicago.
Urban Innovations is Chicago’s premier developer and operator of office lofts committed to preserving affordable senior housing through the purchase, revitalization, professional management and long-term ownership or existing low-income senior properties. Mr. Conant is the former President of the Board of Directors of the River North Association.
Editor, Architect Magazine, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Cramer is responsible for exhibitions and for overall creative direction. Recent projects include the exhibition series “Road Trip”, focusing on significant projects in the Midwest, as well as the exhibition “Invisible City” for which three teams of architects created visionary schemes interpreting major planning efforts in Chicago. For eight years, Mr. Cramer worked as an editor at Architecture Magazine, most recently as executive editor.
AIA, Co-founder and Principal, UrbanLab, Chicago.
Mr. Felsen is the co-founder and principal of UrbanLab, an award-winning Chicago-based design firm specializing in resourceful civic, commercial, residential, and infrastructure projects. Mr. Felsen is also an Associate Studio Professor in the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology where he teaches studios on smart urban growth, and environmental and ecological professional responsibility. In 2007, Mr. Felsen was the recipient of the AIA Chicago Dubin Family Young Architect Award. In 2009, UrbanLab and Archeworks were jointly awarded the AIA Latrobe Prize for their Growing Energy proposal. He currently serves on the Chicago Wilderness Science Advisory Council and the Mayor’s Committee for Nature and Wildlife.
James L. Nagle
FAIA, Principal, Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan McKay Penney Architects Ltd., Chicago.
Mr. Nagle is a Member of the Board of Overseers for the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a frequent lecturer and design juror nationally.
AIA, Design Director, Gensler
Ms. Rubio maintains her own design practice with the Chicago offices of Gensler. Under her direction, the firm has won commissions for the Center on Halsted, the Chicago Transit Authority and the Hyatt Regency. The latter project features in the Museum of Contemporary Art's Sustainable Architecture in Chicago: Works in Progress, a companion exhibit to the highly touted exhibit, Massive Change: The Future of Global Design. Her work has been featured in the Art Institute of Chicago's Ten Visions exhibit and with the Mayor's Institute on City Design Future Visions. Named by Chicago Tribune Architecture Critic Blair Kamin as "One to Watch," her work showcased in the Art Institute's Women in Chicago Architecture exhibition.