Krueck and Sexton Architects

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Krueck and Sexton Architects
Spertus Institute.jpg
Practice information
Key architects

Ron Krueck
Mark Sexton

Tom Jacobs
Founded 1979
Location Chicago, Illinois, United States
Significant works and honors

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
Crown Fountain
Steel and Glass House

Herman Miller National Design Center, Chicago

Krueck and Sexton Architects is an architecture practice in Chicago, Illinois, United States, founded by Ron Krueck and Mark Sexton in 1979. Tom Jacobs was named the third principal in 2011.[citation needed]


Krueck+Sexton Architects has completed a variety of projects that have received US national and regional awards.[citation needed] Their design process is marked by close client collaboration.[citation needed] They are known for their interdisciplinary approach and research-based studio culture.[1] Currently,[when?] the firm’s design for a New Federal Office Building with a net-zero energy target by 2030 is under construction and is scheduled to open in 2014.[2]

The firm’s architectural point of view states that space, daylight, scale, proportion, materiality, and detail matter most.[3]

Blair Kamin stated in an article he wrote about the practice when named "Chicagoans of the Year" by the Chicago Tribune that “Unlike today’s solo-oriented “starchitects,” Krueck and Sexton form a true partnership, relying heavily on their complimentary talents. Krueck conceptualizes. Sexton questions. Krueck refines.”[4]

Among the firms designs are Chicago's Spertus Institute and Crown Fountain.[5] Spertus Institute is known for its striking all glass facade that provides views towards Grant Park and Lake Michigan, where 726 panes of glass in over 500 different shapes and sizes were used while simultaneously staying within a tight budget.[6] Krueck and Sexton worked in close collaboration with artist Jaume Plensa to help realize his design for Crown Fountain in Chicago's Millennium Park.

The firm has also completed restoration work on Mies van der Rohe's 860-880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments where the facades were recoated and cleaned, the plaza was restored with a new concealed drainage system, and new sandblasted glass was used in the lobby, which more accurately represents the original design.[7]

GSA Design Excellence Office Building.
Crown Hall south.
Eisenhower Competition Entry.

Honors and awards[edit]

Krueck and Sexton Architects has been the recipient of many national and regional awards for their designs, most notably for the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, the Steel and Glass House, Crown Fountain, Herman Miller National Showroom in Chicago, and Phillips Plastics Custom Molding Facility.[citation needed] The firm’s work has been featured and exhibited nationally and internationally by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, A+U, Global Architecture, The Whitney Museum, The Museum of Modern Art and many others. Both Ron Krueck and Mark Sexton are members of American Institute of Architects College of Fellows.[8]

Selected projects[edit]


  • Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago, IL completed 2007
    • Spertus Institute is known for its all-glass façade that provides views towards Grant Park and Lake Michigan, where 726 panes of glass in over 500 different shapes and sizes were used while simultaneously staying within a tight budget. The first modern addition to a landmarked historic street wall, Cheryl Kent wrote of the building, “(its) crystalline façade fits in superbly, if surprisingly, on a street full of stone and brick landmarks, mostly from the turn of the 19th century. The new Spertus is both resolutely contemporary and respectful of its distinguished neighbors.”[citation needed] In 2008, the year after it was completed, Spertus Institute won an AIA Chicago Building Award and AIA Divine Detail Award, Building of the Year by Interior Design magazine, and became the first museum in Chicago to become LEED certified.[clarification needed][12][13]
  • Crown Fountain, Chicago, IL 2004[12][14][15]
  • Chicago Children's Museum, Chicago, IL un-built[16]


  • GSA Design Excellence, Office Building, Miramar, FL 2014[17]
  • Shure Incorporated, Technology Center, Niles, IL 2004
    • A 75,000 sf state-of-the-art addition built to accommodate the design and testing of Shure Inc.’s high performance audio products.[18]
  • Shure Incorporated, S.N. Theater, Niles, IL 2009[18]
  • 1100 First Street, Washington D.C. completed 2009
    • A 350,000 sf office building which received LEED-CS Gold.[19]


  • Steel + Glass House, Chicago, IL 1981
    • Kenneth Frampton is quoted as saying “The Steel + Glass House represents the Neo-Miesianism of the latter-day Chicago School at its most sophisticated.” Designed and built in a time when post-modernism was the prevailing architectural style, the Steel and Glass House won a National AIA Honor Award in 1986 and an AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award.[20]
  • Transparent House II, Gulf Coast completed 2005[12][21]
  • Stainless Steel Apartment, Chicago, IL 1992
  • Cloud II Apartment, Milwaukee, WI completed 2009[24]



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  2. ^ Brake, Allen. "Unveiled: Federal Office Building". Architects Newspaper. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Krueck+Sexton Architects – Studio". Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
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  5. ^ "Boat tours capture some of Chicago's architectural history". Sauk Valley Newspapers. Associated Press. 18 May 2008. 
  6. ^ Mullaney, Thomas (12 March 2008). "Creative Visions, but for Many Millions Less". The New York Times. 
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  10. ^ "American Institute of Architects". Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence". Bruner Foundation. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c "Glassworks". 16 November 2011. 
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  14. ^ "Crown Fountain / Krueck & Sexton Architects". 4 February 2011. 
  15. ^ "Innovating in Chicago Today". 16 November 2011. 
  16. ^ "Chicago Children's Museu / Krueck & Sexton Architects". 
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  18. ^ a b "Shure Inc. Technology Center - Krueck+Sexton Architects". Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  19. ^ "1100 First Street / Krueck & Sexton Architects". 21 September 2011. 
  20. ^ "A Steel and Glass House - Krueck+Sexton Architects". Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  21. ^ "Transparent House II / Krueck & Sexton Architects". 8 February 2011. 
  22. ^ "A Stainless Steel Apartment - Krueck+Sexton Architects". Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  23. ^ "Famed Stainless Steel Apartment Lists Atop Mies' 860 LSD". Curbed Chicago. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  24. ^ "Cloud II Apartment / Krueck & Sexton Architects". 3 October 2011. 
  25. ^ "860-880 Restoration / Krueck & Sexton Architects". 9 March 2010. 
  26. ^ "Restoring Modernism". 16 November 2011. 

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