John Ronan Architects

Founded in 1999, John Ronan Architects is an internationally-recognized design firm based in Chicago and comprised of dedicated design professionals committed to producing architecture of the highest quality, marked by conceptual innovation, exploration of materiality, and a rigorous attention to detail. The firm has a studio culture and its working method is research-based and collaborative. Led by John Ronan FAIA, the firm pursues an iterative design methodology to explore and test a wide range of ideas in order to find the response that feels intuitively correct for each situation, based on its unique site, program and context (cultural, historical, economic, social). Working across a wide range of scales and project types, there is a searching quality to the studio’s work which seeks to produce that which is compelling and memorable. With projects worldwide, the firm offers a variety of design services (architecture, urban design, planning, landscape design, interior design and graphic design) and pursues an interdisciplinary approach to design which seeks out the leading experts and consultants as collaborators. To each project the office brings an exploratory attitude and a concern for issues of sustainability and building performance over time.


  • Lousiville Free Public Library South Central Regional Branch

    Lousiville Free Public Library South Central Regional Branch

    The Louisville South Central Regional Library is the second of three new regional libraries strategically positioned to serve the suburban regions of Metro Louisville. The project was a true design co

  • Blu Dot

    Blu Dot

    Minneapolis-based furniture company Blu Dot has recently opened its first Chicago outpost. To match its design sensibilities, Blu Dot tapped Chicago-based John Ronan Architects to overhaul a decidedl

  • CMK Offices

    CMK Offices

    The designers of this office fit-up took a different approach to city loft renovations. CMK, their client, desired a serene and calming environment. "The company wanted clients to step off the elev

  • The Gary Comer Youth Center

    The Gary Comer Youth Center

    This youth center, located in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on Chicago’s south side, provides a constructive environment for area youths to spend their after-school hours. The center provides suppor

  • Poetry Foundation

    Poetry Foundation

    The new home for the Poetry Foundation is comprised of a building in dialogue with a garden which is created through erosion of an implied volume as described by the L-shaped property boundary. The ga