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Jonathan Orlove

Jonathan Orlove, Director of Project Management, has more than fifteen years of experience in the field of architecture. His portfolio encompasses a diverse range of project types including large-scale mixed-use, high-rise and low-rise residential, corporate headquarters, health care and hospitality.

With more than seven years of experience as a project manager, Jonathan has comprehensive knowledge of the design process, from the inception of a project through its design, construction and closeout. In working with a wide range of clients on varied building types, Jonathan understands that each project is unique, and responds to each one accordingly to ensure a high level of professional service and responsiveness.

Before joining AS+GG in 2007, Jonathan was an associate partner and project manager in the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. He has also worked for Ram Carmi Architects in Tel Aviv, Israel.


Professional Degree in Architecture, University of Illinois, Chicago, 1992

Professional Registrations + Affiliations

Registered Architect in State of Illinois
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
AIA Chicago, Documents Committee, Member
DDN Magazine’s Sponsored Tour of Italian Manufacturers, Participant, March 2016
Illinois District Export Council, Member
US Trade Mission to India, AIA Delegate, October 2012
InfoComm Smart Building Task Force, Member 2011-2012
Landmarks Illinois Issues Committee, Member, 2008
AIA Chicago, Practice Management Knowledge Community, 2007-2008

Presentations + Publications

Lecture: Architecture Exchange East, “Understanding the General Conditions of a Construction  Contract,” Richmond, Virginia, November 2017
Publication: Chicago Architect Magazine, “AIA Launches New Documents,” July/August 2017
Co-presenter: “Understanding the General Conditions of a Construction Contract,” AIA Conference on Architecture, Orlando, Florida, April 28, 2017
Presentation: “AIA Contract Documents: An Introduction,” AIA Chicago, March 15, 2017
Workshop: “Green Architecture for a Sustainable Economy: Best Practices from Chicago,” Bangkok, Thailand, September 9, 2016
Presentation: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture: Large-Scale Projects in China, Reverse Trade Mission sponsored by U.S. Trade and Development Agency, May 20, 2016
Presentation: "An Introduction to AIA Contract Documents," AIA Chicago, April 11, 2016
Panel: “Working Abroad in India: Pros, Cons and Ways Forward,” AIA Chicago, April 30, 2013
Presentation: Smarter Building Technology Symposium,  University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, April 24, 2013
Presentation: "Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture: Selected Projects," Columbia College Chicago, School of Journalism, October 27, 2009
Presentation: "Masdar Headquarters Sustainable Strategies," Chicago Chapter CSI, The Union League Club, April 28, 2009
Presentation: "Architecture and Business in the United Arab Emirates," Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University, 2009
Panel: "Trends in Sustainable Real Estate: a shift from developement to operations," The Net Impact Conference, Wharton School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2008
Presentation: "How Can Collaboration Deliver Great Design?" AIA Chicago Professional Development Conference, September 11, 2008
Presentation: "Global Environmental Contextualism," Chicago Architecture Foundation, April 30, 2008
Publication: Architectural Record,  project team for, GM Renaissance Center, February 2006
Publication: Interior Design, project team for Confidential Law Firm, November 2006
Publication: Glass Magazine, project team for and quoted, GM Renaissance Center, October 2006


The Chicago Athenaeum, Green Good Design Award, Green Architecture, Dancing Dragons, 2015
The Chicago Athenaeum, International Architecture Award, Dancing Dragons, 2014
The Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award, The Biophilic Tower, 2013
The Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award, The Wave Tower, 2013
American Society of Civil Engineers, Ideas2 Awards, Solar Canopy, 2013
The Chicago Athenaeum, International Architecture Award, Solar EV Dock, 2012
Arabian Property Award for Architecture, Mideast Region, International Property Awards, Masdar Headquarters, 2010
Construction Week Awards, Sustainable Design Award, Masdar Headquarters, 2008
Cityscape Architectural Awards, Best Environmental Concept Award, Masdar Headquarters, 2008
Middle East Architect Awards, Green Project of the Year, Masdar Headquarters, 2008
ULI Award of Excellence, General Motors Renaissance Center (while Project Manager/Associate Partner at SOM), 2008
AIA Chicago Chapter, Distinguished Building Award: Citation of Merit, Central Trust Bank/Branch Bank Prototype (while Project Manager/Associate Partner at SOM), 2008
AIA Chicago Chapter, Interior Architecture Award: Citation of Merit, Confidential Law Firm, London (while Project Manager/Associate Partner at SOM), 2007
Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, Most Innovative Structure Award: Award of Merit, General Motors Renaissance Center (Project Manager/Associate Partner at SOM), 2007
National Council of Structural Engineers Association, Excellence in Structural Engineering: Award of Merit, General Motors Renaissance Center (while Project Manager/Associate Partner at SOM), 2006
American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan, Engineering and Surveying Excellence Award, General Motors Renaissance Center (while Project Manager/Associate Partner at SOM), 2005
AIA Chicago, Interior Architecture Award: Special Recognition, General Motors Renaissance Center (while Project Manager/Associate at SOM), 2001

Major projects at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture:

Waterfront Tower
356,000 sf office tower adjacent to Vancouver’s transit hub, features semi-private courtyard amenity space and open plaza with unobstructed waterfront views. Amenities include conference facilities and fitness rooms. Vancouver, British Columbia

160 Front Street
1,215,000 sf office tower in the heart of Toronto’s business district features a rooftop winter garden with 360-degree views of the city. Designed to meet LEED Platinum certification. Toronto, Ontario

Steppenwolf Theater Campus Expansion
Architectural design for major Chicago theater company which includes renovations and additions to existing structure. Chicago, Illinois

Burj Vista
Residential complex at Burj Khalifa development; includes luxury residences, retail and office space. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Sanya Haitang Bay Resort
The luxurious development will consist of two separate hotels, luxury villas and a condo hotel tower, set within a sustainable master plan. Hainan Island, China

Vantone Center Tianjin
185-meter tower consists of 64,000 square-meters of above-grade Class A office and high-end retail space, along with an additional 30,000 square meters of below-grade retail and parking. Also features a 27 meter-tall private club for building tenants at its top. Tianjin, China

National Museum of Health and Medicine
30,000 sf satellite museum located in the c. 1933 building at 175 W. Washington St.   The fully readapted three-story building will house the Chicago branch of the museum that features an innovative, interactive format.  Chicago, Illinois

Gardiner Expressway Redesign
Shortlisted for redesign competition; Proposed removal of current elevated Gardiner Expressway and redesign of Lake Shore Boulevard as “Smart Boulevard”.  Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dancing Dragons
A twin tower scheme of 450 m and 330 m tall towers that proposes a new paradigm for super tall residential typologies. The performative design creates opportunities for views, daylighting, natural ventilation and other experiences. Seoul, Korea

York University Central Square
Master plan for the Central Square, one of the primary gathering points on the York campus. Involves master plan, design, renovation and energy efficiency strategies for Central Square and surrounding buildings, including Scott Library, Ross Building, Curtis Lecture Halls and Scott Religious Center. Plan will create a vibrant hub that can be utilized year-round and set the standard for future development.  Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Kuala Lumpur International Financial District
2.2 million sm master plan for a mixed-use international financial center featuring a 500 m office/ hotel service apartment tower. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Imperial Tower
Will offer the most spacious and luxurious residences in Mumbai. 76,272 sm tower includes 132 residential units, and serviced apartments. All upper-story condominiums offer views of the Arabian Sea, with vegetated sun shaded exterior wall. Mumbai, India

Masdar HQ Development
Positive Energy building (generating more energy than it consumes) in zero carbon, zero waste city outside of Abu Dhabi. Project includes office and residential space, retail, transit circulation and incorporates landscaped green space. Masdar City at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Mumbai Master Plan
Master planning for commercial and residential districts with emphasis on passive + active sustainable design strategies, including district waste-to-power and enhanced aquifer recharge systems. Mumbai, India

Solar EV Dock
Prototypical structure harvests solar energy and power electric/hybrid vehicles. Chicago, Illinois

Verde Residences
49-story, 1.35 million sf luxury residential tower, including duplex townhouses, 4 stories of office space and retail along a harbor promenade. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Verde Offices
32-story, 820,000 sf office tower featuring including verdant sky gardens and podium offices. Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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

Major projects worked on as Project Manager at SOM, prior to joining Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture:

VA Denver
1.4 million sf medical facility including medical, surgical, inpatient and intensive care wards, mental health treatment, special units for spinal cord injury, nursing home and administrative offices. Aurora, Colorado

Las Vegas Tower
Design services for a supertall luxury resort tower. Includes 4,000 rooms, restaurants, high-end retail, ballroom, recording studios. Las Vegas, Nevada

The Metropolis
1,000,000 sf mixed-use, urban, planned development including low-rise residential buildings and retail space surrounding a landscaped park. Chicago, Illinois

University Club Tower
Luxury high-rise residential project including a 290,000 sf, 38 story tower with 52 condominium units, health club and other amenities, plus an 80,000 sf five story garage with a rooftop garden. 2007, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Jesse Brown Medical Center
200-bed inpatient expansion to the existing VA Westside Medical Center including new Departments for ICU, Surgery and Emergency Medicine. The 8-story, 240,000 sf building achieves a creative allocation of space, establishing a new entry sequence and clearly articulated wayfinding on the tight, urban site. 2007, Chicago, Illinois

Prototype Branch Bank
3,000 sf prototype branch bank designed as a recognizable building to be constructed throughout the Midwest. 2007, Lee’s Summit, Missouri

GM Renaissance Center
Master plan and large-scale renovation for corporate occupancy of 5.5 million sf mixed-use development including corporate headquarters facilities, hotel, retail, museum and parking. 2003, Detroit, Michigan

Confidential Law Office
Design of tenant improvements and FF&E specifications for law offices in Chicago, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco and London.

Parade Company
Renovation of 157,000 sf of industrial space for use by a non-profit organization, including work space for float construction, museum space and administrative offices. Phase 1 completed 2003, Detroit, Michigan

Corporate Office Feasibility Study
Feasibility study for a 1,000,000 sf downtown office tower intended to consolidate client’s operations 2005, Cincinnati, Ohio

MYE Toronto
88,000 sm residential project including a 50 story condominium tower and 40 story apartment tower

Peninsula Hotel
49,800 sm, 140 m tall hotel tower with 343 keys, ballroom, meeting rooms and other guest amenities.  Tokyo, Japan



Jonathan Orlove on...

It's expansive, it's inclusive and it's hopeful.

where he finds inspiration
In people. Through professional experiences as well as life experiences, I've worked with or have met a great range of personalities. I find human dialogue to be inspirational.

his favorite "moment" in architecture
The Chicago School and its legacy. Three favorite Chicago buildings: Monadnock, Reliance and Hancock.

his favorite city architecturally
Petra, Jordan. It's architecture as sculpture. The in situ rock was sculpted and hollowed out to create a cityscape that is sublime.

his favorite thing about a collaborative design process
Building consensus. I find some of the best projects to be those that satisfy the needs of all involved.

what he'd be doing if he weren't an architect
Growing olives in Spain.

what he does when he's not designing