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Brian M. Jack

Brian M. Jack, Director, is a recognized expert in complex reconstruction and expansion projects, with special concentration on large-scale institutional and private complexes. His broad range of project experience includes mixed-use developments, health care, research facilities, hotel and convention centers, as well as sports and recreation facilities.

Brian provides project leadership throughout all phases of the work effort, from master planning and conceptual design through construction administration.

With over 25 years of experience in all aspects of project delivery, Brian has a proven record of successful project completion for a wide range of project types. Client satisfaction is evident in the form of numerous repeat engagements.

Before joining AS+GG in 2008, Brian's work experience included Cannon Design (2000-2008) and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (1976-1999).


University of Illinois, Masters in Business Administration, 1976
University of Illinois, Masters of Architecture, 1975
University of Illinois, Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 1973
Foreign Study Program, Versailles, France, 1973


American Institute of Architects (former director of the Chicago chapter)
American Institute of Architects—Illinois Council (former director)
LEED Accredited Professional
Construction Industry Affairs Committee (former chairman)
Union League Club of Chicago (former director)
Union League Club of Chicago Boys and Girls Clubs (trustee)
Urban Land Institute
Chicago Literary Club
Realty Club of Chicago

Presentations + Publications

“Kingdom Tower: The Long Winding Road,” Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings, Chicago, Illinois, February 13, 2014
“Firms on the Fronteir,” Architect 50 Leadership Lab, New York, New York, October 25, 2012
“Developer Led Research Park Initiatives – A Case Study of The Technology Business Center at IIT,”  presented at the annual meeting of AURP (Association of University Research Parks) Boston, MA 2007
“Cultural Classics Redefined,”  presentation of the Civic Opera House Renovation and the Symphony Center Project.  Restoration-Renovation Conference, Chicago, IL  1998
“Renovate or Build New - Performance Halls for 21st Century,” American Symphony and Orchestral Leagues Conference, Washington, DC 1997

Awards + Honors

The Chicago Athenaeum, International Architecture Award, FKI Tower, 2016
The Chicago Athenaeum, Green Good Design Award, Green Urban Planning, Astana Expo City, 2016
Re-thinking The Future 2015 Award, Urban Design Concept, Second Award, Astana Expo City, 2015
Cvic Trust Awards, Civic Trust Award, FKI Tower, 2015
The Chicago Athenaeum, Green Good Design Award, Green Architecture, FKI Tower, 2015
The Chicago Athenaeum, Green Good Design Award, Green Architecture, Kellogg School of Management Competition, 2015
Korean Architecture Award, Excellence Award, FKI Tower, 2014
Korea Presidential Commission on Architecture Policy, Korea Green Building Award, FKI Tower, 2014
Re-Thinking the Future, Sustainability Award, Honorable Mention, FKI Tower, 2014
Middle East AIA, Non-Built Category, Merit Award, Kingdom Tower, 2014
Chicago AIA, Distinguished Building Award, Citation of Merit, FKI Tower, 2014
CTBUH, Best Tall Building Asia and Australasia, Finalist, Federation of Korean Industries, 2014
Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, Excellence in Structural Engineering Award, Winner, Best Project $150 million and over, Federation of Korean Industries, 2014
Architizer A+ Award, Office Building High Rise, Finalist, Federation of Korean Industries, 2014
Illinois AIA, Daniel Burnham Honor Award, Chicago Central Area DeCarbonization Plan, 2013
AIA Design Excellence, SustainABILITY Award, Chicago Central Area Decarbonization Plan, 2012
National AIA Award, Regional and Urban Design, Chicago Central Area DeCarbonization Plan, 2011
WAN Awards, Urban Design, Chicago Central Area DeCarbonization Plan, 2010
R+D Award for Sustainability, Chicago DeCarbonization Plan, Architect Magazine, 2010
Architecture, Crunch Sports Club, 2004 (While Project Principal at Cannon Design
AIA Special Recognition Award, Symphony Center, 1998 (while Project Manager at SOM)
Chicago Building Council Award, Award of Recognition, Civic Opera House Renovation, 1997 (while Project Manager at SOM)
AIA Chicago, Interior Architecture Award for Excellence in
National Service to Youth Award, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Major projects at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture:

Confidential Mixed-Use Tower
Confidential, mixed-use tower will include a prominent retail tenant, hotel, residential and amenities. Hotel will include dramatic sky lobby; top floors of residences will feature stunning city and park views. New York, New York

Master Planning and Architecture for 174 hectare international exposition site features exhibition and cultural pavilions (118,620 sm); a residential development (686,000 sm); service areas including shopping, socio-cultural, educational and civic facilities; and site-wide parks (72,000 sm). Astana, Kazakhstan

Jeddah Tower
The next tallest building in the world, this multi-use Tower will feature a luxury hotel, office space, serviced apartments, luxury condominiums and the world’s highest observatory. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

FKI Tower
50 story, 240 meter tower in downtown Seoul will provide the headquarters for the Federation of Korean Industries. The Class A office building also includes dining facilities, theater and conference center and rooftop garden. Seoul, Korea

Feinberg School of Medicine Competition
111,483 sm design for competition entry set within the urban context of the Streeterville Northwestern Campus. The layered massing approach builds upon this tradition, where form does follow function, expressing offices, labs, collaborative program elements and a solar spine as a series of differentiated layers or vertical blades of glass that give scale, texture and meaning to this landmark 21st Century high rise laboratory building. Chicago, Illinois

Hilal Tower
138 m mixed-use tower includes four levels below grade for retail, parking and support areas. The tower features residential, office and retail at ground and higher levels. Sustainable elements include district cooling, solar hot water, energy-efficient lighting and equipment, a greywater system and highly efficient MEP Systems. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Mixed-use 74.5 m and 105 m residential and office towers consisting of 5,612 sm of area. The program includes four to five below-grade levels for partial storage, parking and support areas.  Sustainable elements include district cooling, solar hot water, energy-efficient lighting and equipment, a greywater system and highly efficient MEP Systems. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

La Perouse Development
Mixed-use 54,500 square-meter multifunctional complex with double-wall skin includes residential, administrative offices, sports complex, two restaurants, maintenance services and underground parking for 300 vehicles. Sakhalin Island, Russia

Kellogg School of Management
Competition design for new global center for Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Scheme features state of the art learning environments, grand gathering spaces with views of Lake Michigan and a number of faculty and administrative offices. Evanston, Illinois

Confidential Girls High School
Architectural design for private girl’s high school on the north side of Chicago. Design includes 10 classrooms, science lab, computer lab, lunchroom for 200 students with kitchen; multi-purpose spaces include a 200 seat auditorium with stage, full library and flexible student space.  Administrative space includes executive offices, teacher’s rooms and front office. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Central Area DeCarbonization Plan
Commission from the City of Chicago for a complete “Energy Master Plan” that assesses and looks at innovative solutions for the carbon performance of the downtown area Loop using a holistic urban design approach. Chicago, Illinois

1 Dubai
Three-tower, supertall mega-structure includes luxury hotels, condominiums, offices, retail and cultural facilities. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

1 Park Avenue
Supertall tower with podium complex includes luxury hotel, condominiums, offices and retail. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Park Gate
Ensemble of six mid-rise office buildings linked with canopies, enclosing a central garden space. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Meraas Tower
Supertall mixed-use tower with faceted facade. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Major projects at Cannon Design:

Albany Park Middle School
Middle School - Design services, including interior finishes, for new 104,000 sf middle school for the Public Building Commission of Chicago incorporating sustainable design elements. Owner is pursuing LEED Silver certification. Chicago, Illinois

Crunch Sports Club
Crunch Fitness - Planning and design services for a $4.7 million, 46,000 sf health club consisting of locker rooms and workout facilities including cardio, free weights, aerobics, spinning facilities, yoga area, and lap pool. Chicago, Illinois

Eastern Illinois University
Doudna Fine Arts Center - Planning, design, construction documentation, and interiors for $46.4 million rehabilitation and expansion of a 1950s-era building to create a new 230,000 sf art, music, and theatre arts facility featuring 225-seat recital hall, 725-seat concert hall, 250-seat proscenium theatre, 120-seat "black box" theatre, and art and sculpture studios. Charleston, Illinois

Evanston/Skokie School District 65
Joseph E. Hill Education Center - Planning and design services for a 72,000 sf facility housing an Early Childhood Center and administrative offices for Evanston/Skokie School District 65. Evanston, Illinois

University of Chicago Medical Center
New Hospital Pavilion - New 1,200,00sf surgical building including 240 intensive care and acuity-adaptable patient rooms, 30 surgical and interventional rooms, and comprehensive imaging, endoscopy, electrophysiology and support services. Chicago, Illinois

University of Illinois at Chicago
Division I Athletics Facility Feasibility Study - Architectural and engineering planning services for additions and/or renovations to a 245,000 sf, 30-year old Division I athletics facility. Chicago, Illinois

University of Illinois
Natural History Survey Building - New building to house the Illinois Natural History Survey, a division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, providing offices, laboratories, and specialized facilities for 400 users. Champaign/Urbana, Illinois

Illinois Institute of Technology
UTP Site Development - Master planning services for the University Technology Park, a 14-acre research and development district on the IIT campus. Chicago, Illinois

Illinois Institute of Technology
Technology Business Center - Shell and core renovation to the Technology Business Center for adaptive reuse as a state-of-the-art research facility. Owner is seeking LEED Silver certification. Chicago, Illinois

Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute
IITRI Center Renovation - Planning and design services for the renovation of an existing LSR (Life Science Research) facility, including a quality assurance archive, large animal facility, two inhalation laboratory suites, one necroscopy laboratory, analytical chemistry, and molecular biology labs, storage space, office space, and other additional lab support spaces. Chicago, Illinois

Illinois Institute of Technology
Incubator Laboratory - Renovation of the ERB (Engineering Research Building) into state-of-the-art incubator laboratories to nurture and promote new business formation designed to leverage research initiatives on the IIT Campus. Chicago, Illinois

Washington University in St. Louis
Psychology Building Expansion - New 15,000 sf addition to psychology laboratory building. St. Louis, Missouri

University of Illinois
U of I Research Park Master Plan - Comprehensive master plan for the long range development of the south campus research park establishing a framework for development of future research facilities, retail, hotel and housing components. Champaign/Urbana, Illinois

Lake Forest Academy
Athletic Facilities Master Plan - Long term master plan for the expansion of on campus athletic facilities including new gymnasiums, pool and ice rink program elements. Lake Forest, Illinois

Sterling Creek
Master land planning and implementation of design standards - Master land planning and implementation of design standards for a mixed use 100 acre site in northwest Indiana. Portage, Indiana

Integrated Genomics
Research Facility Design - Programming and design services for a new corporate office and research center for Integrated Genomics anchoring new development on the Illinois Medical District Research Campus. Chicago, Illinois

Major projects at SOM:

Hines Minneapolis
50 South 6th Street - Planning and design services for a new 600,000 sf office tower with integrated parking structure. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Texas Medical Center
Master planning and conceptual design analyses for the anticipated 10,000,000 sf combined expansion of the 40+ constituent institutions that comprise the TMC complex. Planned expansion addressed significant growth in inpatient and outpatient hospital facilities, teaching and research laboratories as well as residential, retail and office components. Houston, Texas

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Master planning for anticipated growth of the downtown campus. Design services for a proposed new 300,000sf academic teaching and laboratory facility. Chicago, Illinois

Elmhurst College
Cultural Center - Master planning and design services for a 120,000 sf performing arts facility. Elmhurst, Illinois

Washington University
Arts & Sciences - Planning, design and construction documentation for a new 140.000 sf facility for the Department of Chemistry, including teaching and research laboratories, classroom space and a 350 seat lecture hall. St. Louis, Missouri

Roosevelt Road Development
Master planning and conceptual design studies for a residential development of over 2,000 units including town homes, mid-rise and high-rise apartments. Chicago, Illinois

Orlando Naval Training Center
Master planning and architectural design guidelines for the redevelopment of 1,000 acres scheduled for redevelopment following base closure. Orlando, Florida

The Art Institute of Chicago
Master planning for the growth of the Grant Park museum campus resulting in a planned development application approved by the City of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois

Glenview Naval Air Station
Master planning for the redevelopment of 650 acres with the acquisition of the GNAS by the Village of Glenview. Glenview, Illinois

Symphony Center
Master planning, design and construction documentation for the reconstruction of historic Orchestra Hall with new facilities to provide an expanded program of 260,000 sf including new rehearsal and artistic support functions as well as improved patron amenities. Chicago, Illinois

Metropolitan Center II
Design services for a new 600,000 sf office tower to complete a full square block development and integrate with existing Phase I construction. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bombay Hotel and Convention Center
Design services for 1,300,000sf multi-use complex with world class convention center catering up to 5,000 delegates; 5-star, 700-room hotel; 175 luxury housing units; business center; restaurants; ballroom facilities; health club and retail development. Bombay, India

Chapin and Gore Building
Design and construction documentation for the complete restoration of this historic structure yielding 70,000 sf for use as Chicago Symphony administrative offices with grade level restaurant and second floor learning center. Chicago, Illinois

Ixtapa Condominiums
Planning and design services for a 400-unit luxury condominium complex on beach front property. Ixtapa, Mexico

Civic Opera House
Planning, design and construction documentation for the expansion and reconstruction of backstage facilities and the renovation and restoration of the audience chamber and front of house. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago 2008
Olympic bid feasibility study. Analysis of existing and required new sports venues, support facilities and housing accommodations. Chicago, Illinois

Washington University
Psychology Lab - New 105,000 sf facility for the Department of Psychology including teaching and research laboratories, classrooms, offices and a 10,000 sf animal facility.St. Louis, Missouri

Soldier Field Renovation and Expansion
Programming, master planning and conceptual design of for expanding Soldier Field to a 70,000-seat state of the art football stadium in support of lease negotiations with the Chicago Bears. Chicago, Illinois

Gator Bowl Renovation and Expansion
Feasibility study for the reconstruction of the 70,000-seat Gator Bowl for use as an NFL venue. Jacksonville, Florida

The National Trade Centre
Master planning and design services for a 600,000 sf expansion of the NTC facilities at Exhibition Place. Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Northwestern University
Tech Institute - Master planning and architectural guidelines for the redevelopment of the entire 800,000 sf teaching and research facility with architectural design and construction documentation for the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Departments. Phase I - 41,500 sf; Phase II - 42,000 sf. Evanston, Illinois

Fourth Presbyterian Church
Master planning and design studies for remodeling and expansion, including options for a high-rise luxury condominium project on adjacent Church property. Chicago, Illinois

Washington University
Parking Garage - Design services for a 400 car parking garage integrated into the north edge of the Hilltop Campus. St. Louis, Missouri

McCormick Place Planning Study
Master planning and architectural design guidelines for a 1,000,000 sf exposition center expansion, 70,000 seat domed stadium, retail arcade and parking facilities. Chicago, Illinois

Duneland Development
Master planning for 600 acres to be developed as a sustainable mixed use community including office, retail, housing and recreational program components. Chesterton, Indiana

Fox Valley Presbyterian Church
Design of a new 500 seat sanctuary together with educational and outreach facilities. Geneva, Illinois

Virginia World Trade Centre
1,200,000 sf exhibition, convention and hotel facilities anchoring the redevelopment of downtown Norfolk. Norfolk, Virginia

77 North High Street
Planning and design services for a 400,000 sf office tower in downtown Columbus. Columbus, Ohio

Chicago World Trade-Center
Planning and design for a proposed new 120 story development in downtown Chicago. Chicago, Illinois

King Abdul Aziz University
Master planning and design for an entirely new 15,000 student University located just west of Islams holiest city. Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
Research and corporate offices totaling 450,000sf integrating research pods with exterior landscape elements. Cambridge, Massachusetts

Taylor Ranch
Master planning and financial feasibility study for phased development of a new planned community. Taylor, Wyoming

Onterie Center
Design of a 60 story 1,200,000 sf complex with luxury condominiums, built over a retail/commercial base. Chicago, Illinois

Wolf Point Apparel Mart
Mixed use 2,000,000sf apparel mart including showroom space, hotel and convention facilities. Chicago, Illinois

IBM/AES Software Development Project
Joint venture with IBM to commercialize proprietary SOM CADD software offered as the Architectural and Engineering Series of design applications (AES). Chicago, Illinois

Brian Jack on...

Creative, innovative design solutions distinguish our profession, inspire our clients and truly benefit society. I'm drawn to design because design is the lasting legacy we leave.

where he finds inspiration
In the natural world around us.

his favorite "moment" in architecture
The Chicago School—steel frame construction and the ensuing freedom from heavy masonry load-bearing construction.

his favorite city architecturally
Columbus, Indiana, where enlightened civic leadership consistently promoted quality architecture, recognizing that good design adds longterm value.

his favorite thing about a collaborative design process
The range of ideas that can be brought to bear in solving a problem.

the accomplishment he's most proud of contributing at AS+GG
Mentoring team members.

what he'd be if he weren't an architect
An ophthalmologist.

what he does when he's not designing
Perfecting my carpentry skills on never-ending home improvement projects.