Congratulations to AS+GG Partner Robert Forest, FAIA, AIA Chicago’s 2019 President

Bob brings to the position a wealth of knowledge in both project management and technical architecture. His combined experience in local and international policies, funding sources, and varied economic models have helped him develop a system of best practices for the management of high-performance projects. He has lectured and published his work on an international scale.

Bob is dedicated to the advancement of the management discipline within an architectural context. After over a decade spent practicing abroad, Bob has developed a unique understanding of architectural practices across the globe and has utilized this knowledge in the management of numerous large-scale, complex projects. He works diligently alongside design teams from all disciplines throughout each project, ensuring that designs are executed with a careful understanding of each client’s goals and vision.

In 2014, Bob was elected to The College of Fellows at the American Institute of Architects. Prior to co-founding Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture LLP in 2006, he was an Associate Partner in the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, and had previously worked at design firms in Toronto, Hong Kong, and Osaka, Japan. Prior to beginning his architectural career, Bob played professional football for Canadian teams the Ottawa Rough Riders and Montreal Machine. He utilizes the leadership skills and understanding of team dynamics gained from this experience today in a professional capacity.

Bob now leads the AIA Chicago during a seminal year, its 150th year anniversary.