John W. Clark (architect)

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John W. Clark is an American architect and planner and a founding partner of the firm Cordogan Clark & Associates. Clark has been recognized for his architectural, planning, and sustainable design work for a series of projects.

Biography and influences[edit]

Clark was born in Chicago, Illinois. He studied architecture and planning at the University of Illinois in a program that included study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Versailles, France. He studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he also taught on the faculty. He did postgraduate studies in Infrastructure Technology at Northwestern University. After graduation from the University of Illinois he joined VISTA as an inner city Chicago architect working with inner city neighborhood organizations on schools, public, institutional, and residential projects in 1977. In 1979 he joined Hammond Beeby & Babka where he worked for five years as an architect. In 1984 with John Cordogan he formed the Cordogan, Clark & Associates partnership.[1][2]

Chicago Bridges Design Competition[edit]

Clark with his firm Cordogan Clark & Associates designed the winning entries for the designs of the 41st and 43rd Street Bridges spanning Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.[3] These placed first among 67 entrants in an international design competition.[4] Called "the state of the art in asymmetrical design" on NPR, Cordogan Clark & Associates teamed with the Chicago-based firm Earthtech to provide structural and civil engineering for these bridges. This pair of bridges will create a gateway for those approaching the city of Chicago from the south.[5]


Clark has won national and international design and design/ build competitions for a variety of projects. He has completed a projects involving urban planning, municipal design, and historic and contextual design. Recent work includes projects in China.[6] Several of Cordogan, Clark and Associates' projects have been recognized for their sustainable aspects, including the Aurora Police Headquarters in Aurora, Illinois[7] and Devon Bank in Wheeling, Illinois,[8] which both received LEED Gold Certification.[9][10] His work has received awards from The National Society of Arts and Letters, the American Institute of Architects,[8][11] the Precast Concrete Institute;[12] and has received Community Beautification Awards.[citation needed]

Juries, Teaching, and Lectures[edit]

Clark has served on design award juries for The American Institute of Architects and has been a visiting design juror at the University of Illinois, Illinois Institute of Technology, and at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he has also served on the design faculty. He has also lectured at Tongji University, Shanghai; and at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China.[1]


  1. ^ a b "AIA Speaker's Registry: Mr. John W. Clark Speaker Profile | Speaker's Registry" Archived 2009-06-06 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Cordogan Clark & Associates | Speaker's Registry"[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Kamin, Blair "Calatrava hovers over bridge plans" Published January 16, 2005
  4. ^ Kamin, Blair "Bridging the Drive: an Exhibit in Progress" The Chicago Tribune. Published October 24, 2004
  5. ^ "South Lakefront Access" Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference
  6. ^ Boniface, Russell "Master Plan for Wuxi, China, Aims to Create Urban Nucleus" Archived 2012-07-21 at the Wayback Machine. AIArchitect This Week. The American Institute of Architects. Published July 27, 2007.
  7. ^ Schaeffer, Julie. "Sustainability's Second Coming." GB&D Magazine (January 2011): 81-82.
  8. ^ a b "2009 Design Award Winners" Archived 2011-08-30 at the Wayback Machine. AIA Northeast Illinois
  9. ^ Stahr, Kevin "Aurora Earns Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification" TribLocal Aurora. The Chicago Tribune, 31 Jan. 2011.
  10. ^ Certified Project Directory Archived 2008-11-03 at the Wayback Machine. USGBC: U.S. Green Building Council
  11. ^ "2007 Design Award Winners" Archived 2013-10-21 at the Wayback Machine. AIA Northeast Illinois
  12. ^ "2008 PCI Design Awards" Ascent Magazine (Fall 2008): 14-39.

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