"The University of Illinois education, when I was in school, was very rational, modernist, and with a syllabus-based type of design process that valued innovation probably more than any other one thing. This was a good start and I have always thought my education at the University of Illinois was really excellent. But I don't think it's enough to operate in the world and to do good architecture; good design at a realistic level comes with the practice of Architecture and I can't think of a better preparation than the U of I Architecture School." 

Carol Ross Barney, FAIA

Design Principal
Ross Barney Architects
Chicago, IL

Ross Barney Architects

Ross Barney Architects have been dedicated to design excellence for over 32 years and strives to improve the built environment, believing that design captures a contemporary vision of today’s society. 

The working style of the firm is extremely collaborative with communications structured to allow the maximum creative contribution from team members, including our clients.  Ross Barney Architects work has an international reputation in design of institutional and public buildings and has been published in national and international journals, books and newspapers and web media. 

Our buildings have received numerous honors including, 4 Institute Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects and over 30 AIA Chicago Design Awards.  The firm has received significant sustainable building awards including, 2 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project awards, and the Evergreen Award from EcoStructure magazine. The firm has been named to the Architect 50 by Architect magazine since its inception and the firms’ drawings have been widely exhibited and collected by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Historical Society, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the National Building Museum.

Our commitment is to provide innovative design to benefit clients program and budget.  Awards are the result of this commitment. 

The firm regularly offers pro bono services to community organizations, including the Iron Street Farm, Children’s Home and Aid Society of Illinois, and the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago.  Employees are encouraged to make individual contributions and commitments to civic and professional organizations. 

The make up of our 25 person staff is a reflection of our belief that diversity is a desirable element in the design studio.  Women compose 50% of our employees, ethnic minorities are approximately 30% (the remainder are very sensitive modern males.)



Oklahoma City Federal Building
Oklahoma City, OK

Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation Synagogue
LEED Platinum

University of Minnesota Duluth, James Swenson Civil Engineering Building 
LEED Gold 

Chicago Riverwalk 
2009 - ongoing 

CTA Morgan Street Station 
Chicago, IL