About James J.
“Attending the University of Illinois School of Architecture not only prepared me for my career in the building profession, it shaped the path of my career. I have always had a love of buildings, and knew that I wanted to have a career in architecture. The School of Architecture gave me an excellent education in architecture, and also exposed me to another side of the building profession – structural engineering. As a result, I graduated with a bachelors’ degree in architecture, and a masters degree in architecture from the school’s Structures Option. The program’s flexibility gave me the ability to explore my true passion within architecture, and to enter the building profession as a structural engineer. Today, as a senior structural engineer at SOM, I feel fortunate that I was able to attend such a school, as my education provided an excellent foundation for my role as a structural engineer within an A/E firm.”
REX Engineering Group is an integrated, multi-disciplinary engineering firm focused on Structural, MEP, and Connection & Construction Engineering, while also providing Construction services and Technology solutions.
REX has a history of more than three decades of delivering client-focused engineering solutions across a wide range of building types, in both the public and private sector. The firm provides Structural Engineering services out of its Chicago office, and MEP Engineering services out of its Los Angeles office, with expertise and experience servicing markets across the country. Additionally, REX provides Technology solutions through our Descon Plus software division, focused on steel connection design. Construction services were added to our portfolio in 2019, when Edwards Construction merged with REX. This wide range of complimentary services allows us to fully address the needs of our clients and projects.
There are several core beliefs that guide our practice – providing exceptional client service, building relationships and collaborating with the entire project team, and approaching each project as an opportunity for a unique, innovative solution which focuses on efficiency and constructability. These values, along with the experience and expertise of our people, enable us to be a true partner and resource for our projects.