Carol Ross Barney

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Carol Ross Barney
Carol Ross Barney Witten Sabbatini Photo-8.jpg
BornApril 12, 1949 (1949-04-12) (age 72)[1]
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.Arch., 1971), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (M.Arch., 1984)
OccupationArchitect
Awards2018 Honorary ASLA Member, 2017 AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award, 2013 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project Award, 2013 AIA Divine Detail Award, Citation of Merit
PracticeRoss Barney Architects
ProjectsNew Oklahoma City Federal Building, Chicago Riverwalk,

Carol Ross Barney FAIA (born 1949) is an American architect and the founder and Design Principal of Ross Barney Architects. She became the first woman to design a federal building[2] when commissioned as architect for the Oklahoma City Federal Building, which replaced the bombed Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Ross Barney's other projects include the JRC Synagogue (LEED Platinum), James I Swenson Civil Engineering Building, (LEED Gold) the CTA Morgan Street Station,[3][4] and the Chicago Riverwalk.

Biography[edit]

Carol Ross Barney was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 12, 1949. She began her education in the Chicago Public Schools. In 1958, her father, an accountant and management consultant, was relocated to Düsseldorf in the British sector of West Germany. Returning to the Chicago area for high school, Carol was educated at the all-girls Catholic school, Regina Dominican, in Wilmette.[5] She enrolled in the Architecture program at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1971. She returned and completed her Master's of Architecture in 1984.[5]

Barney enlisted in the U.S. Peace Corps immediately after graduation and was assigned to Costa Rica where she worked for the fledgling Costa Rican National Park Service. Her projects included a master plan for coral reef protection and interpretation at Parque Nacional Cahuita, restoration of the historic hacienda at Parque Nacional Santa Rosa and worker housing at Parque Nacional Volcan Poas.[5]

Following Peace Corps service, Barney joined Holabird and Root in Chicago and met her mentor, John A. Holabird, FAIA. The work there ranged from the 1979 AIA Institute Honor Award-winning restoration of the Chicago Public Library and Cultural Center to improvements for the Chicago Main Post Office.

In 1973, Carol was a founding member of Chicago Women in Architecture (CWA) and served as CWA's first president.[6] In 1988, while serving in the national AIA Women in Architecture Committee, she was advisor for two related AIA Exhibitions “That Exceptional One” and “Many More”, ground breaking explorations about women architects. CWA brought Barney together with Natalie deBlois, FAIA of Skidmore Owings and Merrill, who remained a close friend until Natalie's death in 2013.[7]

In 1981, Barney started a solo practice in Chicago. Her college classmate, James Jankowski, FAIA, joined her from 1982-2005 and from 1984-2006 the firm was Ross Barney + Jankowski. Barney was awarded the 1983 Francis J. Plym Traveling Fellowship from the University of Illinois. The fellowship funded travel for research and allowed her to study the post war planning and rebuilding of European cities during 1983–84.[8]

In 2001, construction began for the new Oklahoma City Federal Building, with Barney chosen as the lead designer for the replacement building for the Oklahoma City Federal Building[9] following the terrorist bombing in 1995.[10] The new Oklahoma City Federal Building had the design objective to create a space that was secure but open to reflect the United States democracy.

Barney has combined her own teaching with practice in 1976, when she taught at the University of Illinois Chicago. Since 1994, she has been adjunct Professor of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology where she teaches a popular advanced design studio and serves on the College of Architecture Board of Overseers.[11]

Through her firm Ross Barney Architects, Carol has designed numerous projects for which she has received several accolades. In 2005, Carol was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Award[12] from the AIA for her distinguished portfolio of public buildings. One of her most recent projects, the expansion of the Chicago Riverwalk, received over seven different awards, including the 2017 Blue Ribbon Award – Friends of the Chicago River.[13] For this project, along with her extensive accomplishments, Carol was awarded the AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.[14]

Carol continues to oversee design projects through her firm, Ross Barney Architects. The scope of her work spans locally, regionally, and internationally with her buildings continued recognized for their dedication to innovation, sustainability, and overall improvement of the quality of life for those who live where her projects are located.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2019 Fast Company Magazine The World's Most Innovative Companies; Architecture[15]
  • 2019 Illinois Green Alliance Emerald Award for the McDonald's Chicago Flagship[16]
  • 2019 Award for Excellence in Design, Leadership, and Service, Society of Architectural Historians[17]
  • 2018 Honorary ASLA Member[18]
  • 2018 Metropolis (architecture magazine) Game Changer[19]
  • 2017 AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award[20]
  • 2017 Chicago Magazine's Chicagoans of the Year[21]
  • 2015 Vision Award; Smart Transit Solutions and Neighborhood Impact, Urban Land Institute Chicago,[22]
  • 2013 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project Award for Swenson Civil Engineering Building[23]
  • 2013 AIA Divine Detail Award, Citation of Merit for Chicago Riverwalk - Underbridge Canopy Detail[24]
  • 2012 AIA Distinguished Building Award, Citation of Merit for CTA Morgan Station[25]
  • 2012 Evergreen Award for James I. Swenson Civil Engineering Building at the University of Minnesota, Duluth[26]
  • 2012 American Architecture Awards for James I. Swenson Civil Engineering Building at the University of Minnesota, Duluth[27]
  • 2011 AIA Distinguished Building Award, Honor Award for James I Swenson Civil Engineering Building[28]
  • 2011 AIA Distinguished Building Award, Citation of Merit for Fullerton and Belmont Stations Reconstruction[29]
  • 2009 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project Award for Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation[30]
  • 2009 World Architecture Festival - Category Commendation for Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation Synagogue[31]
  • 2002 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture for the Little Village Academy[32]
  • 1999 AIA Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture for the Little Village Academy
  • 1994 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture for the Cesar Chavez Elementary School
  • 1992 Federal Design Achievement Award through the Presidential Design Awards program, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts for the Glendale Heights Post Office[33]
  • 1991 AIA Institute Honor Award Achievement for the Glendale Heights Post Office[34]

Carol is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Her drawings have also been exhibited and collected by the Art Institute of Chicago,[35] the Chicago Historical Society, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the National Building Museum. In addition, her oral history has been collected by the Art Institute of Chicago.[36]

Selected Works[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Carol Ross Barney (b.1949)". The Art Institute of Chicago. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  2. ^ Steen, Karen (January 2002). "Hail to the Chief" (PDF). Metropolis Magazine: 1–2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
  3. ^ Gerfen, Katie (April 2013). "CTA Morgan Street Station". Architect Magazine: 114–119.
  4. ^ "Infrastructure of Hope". Architect Magazine: Cover Page. April 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Marotti, Ally. "Riverwalk architect learned environmental lessons early, in Peace Corps".
  6. ^ "Women architects build network (December 26, 1984)".
  7. ^ Kamin, Blair (30 July 2013). "Natalie de Blois, pioneering architect at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill". Chicago Tribune. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  8. ^ "The Francis J. Plym Traveling Fellowship in Architecture". Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  9. ^ "OKC. Cover" (PDF). Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  10. ^ Kent, Cheryl (August 22, 1999). "The New York Times". A Safer Federal Building for Oklahoma City. 148 (51622). p. 34 (Section 2).
  11. ^ "IIT College of Architecture". Archived from the original on 2014-05-25. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
  12. ^ "Thomas Jefferson Awards for Public Architecture".
  13. ^ "River Sensitive Projects Win Chicago River Blue Awards". Friends of the Chicago River.
  14. ^ "A Lifetime of the Achievement for the "People's Architect"". AIA Chicago.
  15. ^ "The World's Most Innovative Companies Honorees by Sector". Fast Companies and Incorporated. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  16. ^ "14th Annual Emerald Award Winners Announced". Illinois Green: A USGBC Community. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  17. ^ "SAH Awards Gala 2019". Society of Architectural Historians. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  18. ^ "ASLA Announces 2018 Honors Recipients". ASLA. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  19. ^ "Carol Ross Barney is Chicago's New Daniel Burnham". Metropolis Magazine. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  20. ^ "A Lifetime of the Achievement for "The People's Architect"". AIA Chicago. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  21. ^ "2017 Chicagoans of the Year: The River Queen". Chicago Magazine/Chicago Tribune Media Group. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  22. ^ "Vision Award Winners History" (PDF). Urban Land Institute Chicago. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  23. ^ "Swenson Civil Engineering Building". The American Institute of Architects. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  24. ^ "Chicago Riverwalk - Underbridge Canopy Detail, Divine Detail Award, Citation of Merit". AIA Chicago. Archived from the original on 2014-02-26. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  25. ^ "CTA - Morgan Station, Distinguished Building Award, Citation of Merit". AIA Chicago. Archived from the original on 2014-02-26. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  26. ^ Fields, KJ (17 Oct 2012). "James I. Swenson Civil Engineering Building at the University of Minnesota, Duluth". Eco Building Pulse. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  27. ^ "20212 American Architecture Awards" (PDF). The Chicago Athenaeum and Metropolitan Arts. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  28. ^ "James I Swenson Civil Engineering Building, Distinguished Building Award, Honor Award". AIA Chicago. Archived from the original on 2013-05-09. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  29. ^ "Fullerton and Belmont Stations Reconstruction, Distinguished Building Award, Citation of Merit". AIA Chicago. Archived from the original on 2013-05-09. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  30. ^ "Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation". The American Institute of Architects. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  31. ^ "World Architecture Festival 2009 - Category Commendation". World Building Directory. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  32. ^ "Architecture, Interiors, Urban Design—AIA Honor Awards 2002". Architecture Week. Artifice, Inc. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  33. ^ Gapp, Paul (7 Feb 1991). "Awards In Architecture Won By 3 Chicago Firms". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  34. ^ Forgey, Benjamin. "Architects Lauded". The Washington Post. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  35. ^ "Drawing Collection of Ross Barney + Jankowski Architects". the Art Institute of Chicago. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  36. ^ "Chicago Architects Oral History Project". The Art Institute of Chicago. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  • McCulloch, Janelle (2007). Ross Barney Architects : process + projects. Mulgrave, Vic.: Images. ISBN 978-1864702293.

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