Pelli Distinguished Lecturers
The Pelli Lecture Series has been made possible through the generous estate gift of world-renowned architect and celebrated Illinois Architecture alumnus César Pelli. Pelli received his Master of Science in Architecture in 1954 from the University of Illinois and went on to design some of the world’s most iconic buildings, most notably the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.
Germane Barnes’ award winning research and design practice investigates the connection between architecture and identity, examining architecture’s social and political agency through historical research and design speculation. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture and founder of Studio Barnes.
Andrés Mignucci, FAIA
Andrés Mignucci, FAIA, is a Puerto Rican educator, architect, and urbanist. His work has received recognition for its integration of the disciplines of architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture in the creation of buildings and spaces with a sense of place, human scale, and environmental responsibility.
Carol Ross Barney
Carol Ross Barney (BSAS ’71) is the design principal and founder of Chicago-based Ross Barney Architects, an architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture studio. In her career that spans nearly 50 years, Ross Barney’s work includes the reconstructed Oklahoma City Federal Building, two of Chicago’s most heavily used transit stations at Fullerton and Belmont Avenues, and the Chicago River Walk project. While varied in type and scale, her projects have been almost exclusively in the public realm, earning her an international reputation in design of institutional and public buildings.
Sumayya Vally, co-founder of the Johannesburg-based studio Counterspace, was named on the 2021 Time100 Next list of people “poised to make history” as the most influential architect “who is shaping and defining the next generation of leadership.” Vally led the design of the 20th Serpentine Pavilion in London. She is the youngest architect ever commissioned for this prestigious and internationally renowned project.
Toshiko Mori, founder of the New York-based firm Toshiko Mori Architect, is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Design. She is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and is well known for her research-based approach to design.