Thomas Roszak

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Thomas Roszak
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Chicago, Illinois
Alma materIllinois Institute of Technology

Thomas Roszak, an architect, was born in Chicago in 1966. He received an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects in 2008.[1] Roszak was honored to be in the special 2005 Architectural Digest Issue, being named among the best residential architects.[2] In his 30-year career, Roszak has developed, designed, and built commercial properties, hotels, condominiums, and award-winning private residences. He heads four separate companies: Thomas Roszak Architecture, devoted to architecture and planning; SteelGrass, dedicated to environmentally sensitive design-build projects and construction management for residential and commercial properties; TR Management + Consulting, which focuses on project management and real estate consulting; and Moceri + Roszak, a real estate development firm. He was an Adjunct Professor in the College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, where he taught comprehensive architectural design and construction studio.


Thomas Roszak received a bachelor's degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1989. In 1996, after early-career positions at architecture and development firms in Chicago, he founded Roszak Architecture, Development, and Construction, located in Evanston, Illinois. Roszak/ADC developed and created projects representing more than $3 billion in the metropolitan areas of Chicago, Illinois, and Phoenix, Arizona. His condominium developments in Chicago and Evanston have been cited for their beauty, ingenuity, and sensitivity to people and the environment.[3]

Now Roszak leads as principal in each of four entities: Thomas Roszak Architecture, SteelGrass construction management, TR Management + Consulting, and Moceri + Roszak development, to align intersections among disciplines and streamline decisions, workflow, and communications. His offices are located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.

Glass House: A Family Home[edit]

The house of glass, concrete, and steel that Thomas Roszak designed and built for his wife and three children received an Honor Award for interior architecture from the American Institute of Architects in 2008.[1][4] The AIA jury commented: "The transparency from the outside in and the inside out is a strong design concept. Not only does transparency unite the functional space of the floor plan with the environment, it informs the canvas about the use of color—the yellow structure, red core walls, and cherry floors tie directly to the seasonal vegetation, bringing the landscape into play as design elements."[1]

In Glass House: A Family Home, published by Edizioni Press in 2007,[5] Roszak writes about the realities of living in a transparent home and describes the process of creating warmth and comfort through a balance of design elements, technology, and landscaping.

Purpose + Process[edit]

In Purpose + Process, published by Images Publishing in 2018, Roszak presents his architect-led process that integrates design with construction, development, financing, marketing, and management of real estate. His book delineates the evolution of his modernist sensibilities as well as the integrated project delivery approach he has applied to his practice since 1996. The publication features sixteen of his residential, commercial, and specialty design projects, all of which incorporate advances in technology, materials, sustainability, and construction. The book contains introductory essays by architects Thomas Kerwin and Dirk Lohan further describing Roszak’s approach.

Selected Projects[edit]

Project Location Completed Building Type Process Notes
145 South Wells Chicago, Illinois 2019 High-rise Office Design / Develop / Build [6]
Linea Apartments Chicago, Illinois 2017 High-rise Residential Design / Develop / Build [7]
JeffJack Apartments Chicago, Illinois 2015 High-rise Residential Design / Develop / Build [8]
Morgan Manufacturing Chicago, Illinois 2015 Adaptive Reuse / Office Design [9]
IIT Chicago Kent College of Law - Bruce M. Kohen Courtroom Chicago, Illinois 2013 Classroom / Courtroom Renovation Design / Build [10]
InterContinental Hotel-Miami Miami, Florida 2012 Hospitality Rebranding Design [11]
Adler Planetarium - Clark Family Welcome Center Chicago, Illinois 2011 Science Museum Design [12]
7RR-Eco Home Northfield, Illinois 2010 Single-family Residential Design / Build [13]
Vetro Residences Chicago, Illinois 2008 High-rise Residential Design / Develop / Build [14]
Sienna Residences Evanston, Illinois 2008 Mid-rise Residential Design / Develop / Build [15]
Chicago Avenue Place Evanston, Illinois 2004 Mid-rise Residential Design / Develop / Build [16]
Glass House Northfield, Illinois 2002 Single-family Residential Design / Build [17]
433 North Wells Street Residences Chicago, Illinois 1999 Mid-rise Residential Design / Develop / Build [18]


  1. ^ a b c Architecture Week. American Institute of Architects 2008 Honor Award for Interior Architecture, February 20, 2008.
  2. ^ Architectural Digest "Clearly stated: A glass house tells a story near Chicago." May 1, 2005.
  3. ^ Chicago Architect. "Questions for Thomas Roszak: Everyone wants a look at his glass house." July–August 2008.
  4. ^ Architecture Week. American Institute of Architects 2008 Honor Award for Interior Architecture, February 20, 2008.
  5. ^ Roszak, Thomas. Glass House: A Family Home. New York: Edizioni Press, 2007.
  6. ^ "145 South Wells, Chicago, Illinois".
  7. ^ "Linea Apartments, 215 West Lake Street, Chicago, Illinois".
  8. ^ "JeffJack Apartments, Chicago, Illinois".
  9. ^ "Morgan Manufacturing, Chicago, Illinois".
  10. ^ "IIT Chicago Kent College of Law-Bruce M. Kohen Courtroom, Chicago, Illinois".
  11. ^ "InterContinental Hotel-Miami, Miami, Florida".
  12. ^ "Adler Planetrium-Clark Welcome Center, Chicago, Illinois".
  13. ^ "7RR-Eco Home, Northfield, Illinois".
  14. ^ "Vetro Residences, Chicago, Illinois".
  15. ^ "Sienna Residence, Evanston, Illinois".
  16. ^ "Chicago Avenue Place, Evanston, Illinois".
  17. ^ "Glass House, Northfield, Illinois".
  18. ^ "433 North Wells Street Residences".