Ross Barney Architects is a Chicago-based architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture studio.
2023 AIA Gold Medal Award
Carol Ross Barney is awarded the 2023 AIA Gold Medal, honoring an individual whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture.
2023 AIA National Awards — Regional & Urban Design
Railyard Park receives a Regional & Urban Design Award for accounting for the entire built environment, local culture, and available resources, modeling architecture’s promise and true value to communities.
World’s Most Innovative Company
Fast Company names Ross Barney Architects one of 2022’s Most Innovative Companies for “energizing Rogers, Arkansas, with a new park project and McDonald’s restaurants with a net-zero design”.
2021 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award
Ross Barney Architects Receives Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Award. The honor acknowledges the studio’s forty-year commitment to design excellence, community, and the environment.
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Design Principal and Founder, Carol Ross Barney, spoke at Architectural Record’s 2022 Innovation Conference. Her talk, titled “Architecture and Infrastructure: Designing the Spaces In Between”, focused on making livable and sustainable cities with innovative infrastructure. Although transit, utilities, and public ways are not generally considered to be places for architectural or design interventions, they are important opportunities that we cannot afford to overlook.
DuSable Park design team selected
The Chicago Park District selected Ross Barney Architects’ joint venture with Brook Architecture (DuSable Park Design Alliance) to design DuSable Park; a 3.5 acre space where the Chicago River and Lake Michigan meet.
Hello New York!
Ross Barney Architects begins work on new net-zero energy senior/community center for the Town of East Hampton in collaboration with Ronnette Riley Architect (RRA).
Additionally, The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) selected the studio’s joint venture with RRA under the latest round of the DDC’s Project Excellence Program (previously known as Design and Construction Excellence).
From the Archive
Completed in 2005, the Oklahoma City Federal Building became the first federal building to be designed by a Women Architect. The project is a philosophical and practical response to tragedy, making a statement on the role architecture plays in protecting and inspiring society.
Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger described the building as “.…a public space… The federal government is not interested in barricading itself in a bunker, but in fact, makes a statement to the public that they own this building, which is what public architecture should be.”
AIA Chicago honors the McDonald’s Global Flagship at Walt Disney World with it’s inaugural Decarbonization Award, Citation of Merit.
Fast Company World Changing Ideas
Fast Company names the McDonald’s Global Flagship at Walt Disney World a 2021 World Changing Idea finalist.
McDonald’s Global Flagship Chicago receives LEED Platinum Certification, the highest level of achievement from the globally recognized program.
McDonald’s Global Flagship Chicago becomes first commercial use of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) in the city.
Ross Barney Architects is dedicated to empowering a sense of place, pride, and belonging; in our work and in our studio.
Ross Barney Architects designs to preserve the planet for future generations and is a signatory of the AIA 2030 Commitment and Architects Advocate. No matter the scope or scale, each of the studio’s projects explore an inventive and integrated approach to stewardship; anything less is not an option.
Railyard Park Signifies a Small-Town Renaissance
Addie Broyles of Metropolis Magazine catalogs the recent completion of the Railyard Park in Rogers, Arkansas.
Just the Ticket; New Railside Public Park
Matt Hickman of The Architect’s Newspaper reflects on challenges and opportunities and active train tracks presented for the Railyard Park “…a local trademark worth venerating, not obscuring.”
Innovation by Design
Fast Company honors the Railyard Park with a top honor for Best Urban Design.