Chicago Architects Project

Toward a Dynamic Genealogy of Chicago Architects

Chicago Architects Project (CAP) is an ongoing and evolving research project illustrating the relationships among architects, their mentors and their proteges within the Chicago area. The goal is to create a dynamic online diagram showing these relationships that can be utilized by architects, historians and students.

The CAP committee includes architects, architectural historians, preservationists, and archivists who are creating an online genealogy of Chicago architects from the 19th through the 21st centuries.

The current research is building upon and updating the Chicago architects’ genealogy published in 1993 in the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibition catalog Chicago Architecture and Design, 1923-1993: Reconfiguration of an American Metropolis.

Start-up support provided by the Society of Architectural Historians, AIA Chicago, and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

View the Chicago Architects Map 

Zoom in to view in detail. Search/Find (Ctrl F) to find a specific name.

How to Participate


If you would like to help our efforts by sending us photographs of someone on the list or of the projects they have done, or any other information that could help us make a dynamic online diagram, please send them to info@sah.org.

If you wish to submit data form to be included in this online diagram, please fill out this PDF form and email it to info@sah.org. However, please remember that we are only including Chicago-area architects and designers who meet any of the following criteria: (1) received honors or awards, (2) have been published, (3) are distinguished teachers, (4) Fellows, AIA.


Project Directors

Stanley Tigerman, Tigerman McCurry Architects
Pauline Saliga, Executive Director, Society of Architectural Historians
Zurich Esposito, Executive Vice President AIA Chicago 

Advisory Committee 

Christen Sundquist, Historic Preservation Consultant / CAP Research Intern
Joclyn Oats, Professor, Columbia College
Patricia Natke, President, Urban Works Chicago
Joan Pomaranc, Program Director, AIA Chicago
Robert Bruegmann, Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Kevin Harrington, Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology
Mary Woolever, Architectural Archivist, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, Art Institute of Chicago
Anne Sullivan, Director, Historic Preservation Program, School of the Art Institute
David Van Zanten, Professor, Northwestern University