Carol Ross Barney, FAIA

Design Principal


Founder and President, Carol Ross Barney is responsible for the design excellence of all projects undertaken by the studio.

Her work has been published in national/ international journals and has been exhibited in Chicago, New York, Washington D.C. and San Francisco. Under her leadership, Ross Barney Architects has received more than 60 major awards, including 4 National AIA awards, 2 COTE Top Ten awards and the 1995 AIA Illinois Firm of the Year. In 2005, Carol received the American Institute of Architects Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, acknowledging a distinguished career and dedication to Architecture in the public realm.

She has developed a keen understanding of the special needs of institutional and public clients which has produced distinctive structures that have become cultural icons.

A native Chicagoan, Carol is the mother of three sons and grandmother of Kai and Han.


American Institute of Architects, Fellow.
The Economic Club of Chicago, Member.
The Metropolitan Planning Council, Board of Governors.
Illinois Institute of Technology, Adjunct Professor of Architecture.
University of Oklahoma, Bruce Goff Visiting Chair of Creative Architecture, 2002.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation, Board of Directors, 1999-2000.
The Chicago Network, Board of Directors, 1990-1992.
The Cliff Dwellers, Member, 1982-Present, Board of Directors, 1994-1997.
Chicago Women in Architecture, Member, Foundation Board, President 1977-1978.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture, University of Illinois Chicago, 1976-1978.



Architect, Illinois, Oklahoma, Ohio, Missouri, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Arizona, Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania
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