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Marc Cerone

Director Marc Cerone works with AS+GG's Interiors group, currently focusing on interior fit-outs for Kingdom Tower, Chengdu Greenland Tower and Wuhan Greenland Center. His responsibilities include overseeing design projects and presentations within the studio, researching materials, construction documents detailing and organization, and coordinating with contractors and clients.

Before joining AS+GG in 2008, Marc spent 17 years at Marvin Herman & Associates, where he specialized in high-end residential and corporate work throughout the Chicago area. He completed many interior projects, including the renovations of Loyola University's Madonna Della Strada Chapel and Lewis Towers as well as several Chicago boutiques. He also designed residential interior architecture and interiors throughout the continental United States and Mexico.

Born and raised in the Chicago area, Marc lived in France for a year while an undergraduate at the University of Illinois. Since then he has traveled extensively in Europe, North and South America. He has a working knowledge of French.


Bachelor in Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1989


American Institute of Architects (AIA)
International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
LEED Accredited Professional (LEED ID+C)
High Jump Chicago, Board of Trustees, Vice Chairman

Awards + Honors

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 Catagory, Merit Award, Kingdom Tower, 2014
Chicago AIA, Distinguished Building Award, Citation of Merit, FKI Tower, 2014
The Chicago Athenaeum, International Architecture Award, Dancing Dragons, 2014
CTBUH, Best Tall Building Asia and Australasia, Finalist, Federation of Korean Industries, 2014
IIDA RED Award, Furniture Design, GG Table, 2014
Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago, Gold Key Award, Excellence In Housing Design, K2 Apartments, 2013
The Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award, Dancing Dragons, 2013
The Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award, Wave Tower, 2013
International Property Awards, Arabian Property Award for Architecture, Middle East Region, Masdar Headquarters, 2010
Cityscape Architectural Awards, Environmental Award, Masdar Headquarters, 2008
Middle East Architect Awards, Green Project of the Year, Masdar Headquarters, 2008
Construction Week Awards, Sustainable Design Award, Masdar Headquarters, 2008

Presentations + Publications

"Grand Vision in Chicago," Architectural Digest, 2006

Major projects at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture:

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

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

FKI Tower
Interiors; 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

Wuhan Greenland Center
119-story, 606-meter tall, 300,000 sm mixed-use tower features 50 office floors, 17 residential floors and 22 hotel floors and four club levels, four sky lobbies, and multiple mechanical floors. Wuhan, China

Chengdu Greenland Tower
468-meter, mixed-use tower features a conference center, offices, a hotel, executive residential apartments and rooftop garden. Chengdu, China

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

Gang Xia Tower
198-meter, 43-story tower in Shenzhen’s Futian Central District, with views to the adjacent Civic Center Park and a series of high performance solar shades. Shenzhen, 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

K2 Apartments
Design of interior public spaces and four model apartments in 550 unit building. Stainless steel, glass, and stone are used in combination with soft textiles and warm woods to create a sophisticated, urban environment attractive to the building’s youthful residents. Chicago, Illinois

Hotel Atlantic
Architectural competition entry for world-class resort destination. Design for 35-story residential and 35-story hotel towers features a canopy veil that frames the buildings, extending off the towers by 10 meters on each side. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Crown Sydney Hotel
Architectural competition  entry for hotel and residential towers designed to reach a 5-Star ranking within the GreenStar performance category. The design’s sustainable strategies include optimised orientation, self-shading balconies and a high-performance facade. Overall, the design has a 60% reduction in emissions compared to similar developments.

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

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

OCT Shenzhen Development
Sustainable mixed-use corridor  features adaptive reuse of existing power plant, which will be the centerpiece for the new development. This readapted building will be a showcase for passive power production and sustainable practices including rainwater collection, wind and solar power generation and recycling as well as a central hub for a network or pedestrian and bicycle pathways. Shenzhen, China

Shenzhen Shangsha
A four tower complex in the Futian District that includes a 300 m mixed-use office/hotel tower, a 300 m office tower and two 200 m  towers featuring live-work “officetel” units. Shenzhen, China

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

Qintai International Center
Interior Design for winning competition entry. Project includes 248 meter, high-performance tower and related podium structure as well as hotel and office space for the client CNTC Hubei Provincial Tobacco Corporation. Wuhan, China

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

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

Beijing Franshion Development
Master planning, architectural and interior design of mixed-use  development in Beijing’s Central Business District featuring residential, retail, educational and recreational facilities. Beijing, China

Masdar HQ Development
Interiors; 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. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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 megastructure includes luxury hotels, condominiums, offices, retail and cultural facilities.  Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Major projects at Marvin Herman and Associates:

Loyola University Chicago
Multi-million dollar renovation of the Madonna Della Strada Chapel interior. Inclusive of entirely new finishes, lighting, audio/visuals and mechanicals, custom designed art work and furnishings.

President’s Office for Loyola University Chicago, Lewis Towers
Complete renovation of two floors of office space including meeting room spaces, private and open offices. This project involved complete fit out but selection of all furnishings for all offices, meeting rooms and open office planning as well as coordination of all data, audio visual and lighting. This project also involved the full historic renovation and furnishings for a large scale ballroom inclusive of coordination of all data, audio visual and lighting. Chicago, Illinois

Jmb Realty/Gem Investments
High end renovations to executive office suites, conference rooms, reception lobby. The spaces involved many custom millwork and furniture pieces. Lighting and custom art pieces were created for the space. Project also included planning and selection of all custom and open office furniture systems. Chicago, Illinois

Capital First Realty
High end renovations to executive office suites, conference rooms, and reception lobby. This was a new complete fit out in an existing high rise and included custom furniture and decoration. Project also included planning and selection of all custom and open office furniture systems. Chicago, Illinois

An internet start-up company mid-size office. This project involved custom furniture selection and development with a large office furniture system manufacturer. All of the office systems, open office and enclosed offices were customized featuring a great deal of flexibility as requested by the client. The overall environment was to be open and adaptive to a constantly expanding and evolving company. Deerfield, Illinois

Trabert and Hoeffer Jewelers
A new stand alone Jewelry store in a high end shopping street in Chicago. The project involved the architecture on a new building and included the interior design which, per the client’s request, was designed in an art deco style based on a sole photograph of their first store. The finishes and lighting systems were very high end.  Chicago, Illinois

Private Residence
As featured in Architectural Digest, this large-scale highrise apartment was a total custom fit-out. Selection of all finishes, detailing, MEP and Lighting to create a truly custom environment for this Chicago businessman. Due to the size of the apartment, complicated commercial lighting systems, audio visual controls, security systems were designed to a state of the art level. High end and exotic finishes added to the complexity of the project making this in the end a truly unique environment for our client. Chicago, Illinois

Private Residence
New construction of a 30,000 square-foot residence on the Pacific Ocean. Inclusive of all Architecture and Interior Design. House was designed to hold a major art collection as well as being open up to the tropical surroundings.  Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Urban Realty Properties
Conducted space planning and interiors for high end condominium projects in Chicago and Los Angeles. Involved in all aspects of unit planning, finish selections and detailing for multi million dollar condominiums.

Conducted space planning and interiors for high end condominium projects in Chicago. Involved in all aspects of unit planning, finish selections and detailing for multi-million dollar condominiums.

Fifield Properties
Conducted space planning and interiors for high end condominium projects in Los Angeles. Involved in all aspects of unit planning, finish selections and detailing for multi-million-dollar condominiums.


Marc Cerone on…

I think all architecture is really for the senses. Interior architecture and design, in particular has a tactile as well as a visual impression on people. One of the wonderful things about interiors is that people are directly affected when they experience the design. You move around in it, you feel it through touch, sound and smell, the colors soothe you or excite you—it's experiential, and it produces feelings. That's why it's very important that care, experiment, research and thought go into every interior space. As exciting and inspiring as the exteriors are, so too should be the interiors.

…where he finds inspiration
When I lived in France, I used to walk on the passages of Paris—side streets that are off the beaten path, full of sights and sounds and smells that you wouldn't get on the main thoroughfares. Cafes, vendor stalls with lots of different wares being peddled, lots of great shopping. It's a whole different world, so different from what exists on the outside. An interior can be looked at that way—a journey, a pathway, and it can be as rich as any exterior space.

…his favorite "moment" in architecture
I love a sense of arrival, the feeling you get when you walk in and it's a surprise, an "a-ha!" moment. There's this sudden realization that you're somewhere else. I think about the island of Santorini, where you go to a Greek church and it's just this whitewashed building, and then you go inside into this opulent, gold, saturated, dark, intensely decorated space. To me, that's exciting. That's a great moment in architecture, and it's what I want to do: to give people this sense of "wow."

…his favorite city architecturally
Paris. Besides the experience of the architecture, it's also just the easygoing way of life there. It's like they wear their lifestyle on their sleeve. The café culture wasn't set up just because it's a great way to serve and eat food; it's a way of life and a part of their culture. It's been established for people to enjoy life, taking it easy, stopping and having a coffee, and sort of just be. Buenos Aires is like that, too—it's ingrained in their architecture and their urban planning.

…his favorite thing about a collaborative design process
It gives you the ability to look at a solution from many angles. A collaborative process invites different people to comment and discuss and engage and investigate, looking at things from a research angle or a technical angle or a pure design angle. When that comes together, it's about what sticks, what grows and develops, a piece of any opinion or thought can rub off on the final design. It's also true that a great solution doesn't always have to be perfect. Sometimes the best solution is the odd solution, or the solution that is a product of so many people's influences. The alternative would be that you're only getting to look at things one way, from one person's point of view.

…what he'd be if he weren't an architect
I'd be a deli owner. I like food. I like to eat. I think bringing people around a table, especially their own tables, is extremely important to our culture. To break bread and share a meal with friends and family is the way I grew up, which I hope for everyone. There's a magical something about food that warms the heart and brings people together.

…what he does when he's not designing
Cycling and exploring our city. Spending time with my friends and family.