Ross Wimer

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Ross Wimer
Nationality American
Occupation Architect
Buildings Cayan Tower, White Magnolia Plaza
Projects Leamouth Peninsula

Ross Wimer, FAIA is an American architect, known for integrating the rigor and logic of engineering into his designs.[1] Until October 2013, he was a design director in the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP. During his tenure at SOM from 1995-2013, he created architectural projects in over 20 cities on five continents. Mr. Wimer is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He currently leads AECOM's architecture practice in the Americas.

The majority of these designs are for large scale mixed-use programs such as Leamouth Peninsula in London, Cayan Tower[2][3] in Dubai, as well as Greenland Group Suzhou Center[4] and White Magnolia Plaza in China. Examples of other work include city planning as in the 93 hectare Marina Bay Master Plan, high-speed rail station design such as Tanggu Rail Hub,[5] airport design as in Changi Airport Terminal 3, and industrial design projects such as the New York Standard Streetlight and door hardware for Valli & Valli SPA.[6]

Mr. Wimer believes that environmental sustainability and expressive structure help define the aesthetic of architecture, which can be seen in projects such as Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza.[7] His projects have been published widely; exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Art Institute of Chicago,[8] and The Museum of Modern Art in New York; and have received numerous awards, including three Progressive Architecture Awards. Mr. Wimer was featured on the cover of the inaugural issue of Architect Magazine in which he explained that his joy in being an architect is the moral obligation that goes into the project. He believes that it's gratifying to create something that affects people's lives on a daily basis.[9] In his projects, he stresses the importance of exposing the site of a project rather than imposing on it.[10]


In 1984, Mr. Wimer earned a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from Yale University followed by a Master of Architecture with Commendation from Harvard University in 1988.

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  1. ^ "Goodfellas of a different sort: Five from Chicago become AIA fellows". Chicago Tribune. February 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Infinity Tower: Work in Progress". Construction Week. April 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Mixed Greens: an International Survey of state-of-the-art skyscraper design". Skyscraper Museum. 
  4. ^ "Skidmore design’s 30-story window helps skyscraper ‘breathe’". Chicago Sun Times. January 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ "SOM: Ross Wimer". Architype Interviews. August 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Good Design 2007: Hardware". Chicago Athaneum. 
  7. ^ "Mixed Greens: Ross Wimer, SOM - Environmental Contextualism". Skyscraper Museum. 
  8. ^ "Infinity Tower Model". The Art Institute of Chicago. 
  9. ^ "Seven-Point Perspective". Architect Magazine. October 2006. 
  10. ^ Adams, Nicholas (2007). Skidmore, Owings & Merrill: the Experiment Since 1936. Electa. p. 49. 
  11. ^ "Ross Wimer, Adjunct Professor". IIT College of Architecture. 
  12. ^ "2012 Board of Trustees and Staff". Graham Foundation. 
  13. ^ "Board of Trustees". Chicago Architecture Foundation. 
  14. ^ "Skywalker: Ross Wimer". Rice Design Alliance. October 23, 2009.