Champaign Public Library
© Craig Dugan
Ross Barney Architects is dedicated to designing public places and spaces. From community and campus buildings for premier academic and research institutions to groundbreaking transit stations that connect vibrant neighborhoods, the studio has produced distinctive structures that have become cultural icons. The work of Ross Barney Architects has an international reputation in design of institutional and public buildings and has been published in national and international journals, books, newspapers and web media. Ross Barney Architects’ buildings have received significant regional, national and international design awards, honors and recognitions, including four Institute Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects, two World Architecture Festival High Commendations and over 35 design awards from AIA Chicago. Ross Barney Architects has been named to the Architect 50 for 3 years in a row based on a ranking of sustainable design achievements, design honors and awards, and business practices. The firm has been awarded the prestigious Presidential Design Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and our work has received four Richard H. Driehaus Awards for Excellence in Community Design for projects located in low income areas of Chicago. Founder, Carol Ross Barney received the AIA’s Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. The firm has received two AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects, EcoStructure’s Evergreen Design Award, and three AIA Chicago Sustinable Design Awards. The firm was named as Architect magazines #3 firm for Sustainable Design. The firm has joined the AIA’s commitment to only design climate neutral buildings by 2030 with the goal of decreasing the negative impacts of construction on the natural environment. Ross Barney Architects are devoted to public architecture and the practice is a model and inspiration for peers, users, clients, and the public at large.