Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, Hon. ASLA

Design Principal


Carol Ross Barney has been in the vanguard of civic design since founding Ross Barney Architects in 1981. With a career that spans over 40 years, Carol has made significant contributions to the built environment, the profession, and architectural education. As an architect, urbanist, mentor, and educator, she has relentlessly advocated that excellent design is a right, not a privilege. Her body of work, being almost exclusively in the public realm, represents this ethos and occupies a unique place within the panorama of contemporary architecture.

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


American Institute of Architects, Fellow.

American Society of Landscape Architects, Honorary Member.
The Economic Club of Chicago, Member.
The Metropolitan Planning Council, Board of Governors.
Illinois Institute of Technology, Adjunct Professor of Architecture.



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

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