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Ross Barney Architects Receives Cooper Hewitt's National Design Award

The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum announced that Ross Barney Architects received the prestigious 2021 National Design Award for Architecture and Interior Design. The honor acknowledges the studio’s forty-year commitment to design excellence, community, and the environment. Read more.

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Chicago Prize Competition

Chicago Prize Competition Jury

Design Principal and Founder Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, HASLA to serve on the 2021 Chicago Architecture Center and Chicago Architectural Club Chicago Prize Competition Jury. The competition seeks to give new life to the James R. Thompson Center while preserving its original architecture.

Fellow jurors include Thomas Heatherwick, Bonne McDonald, Mikyoung Kim, Peter D. Cook, Philip Castillo, and Michelle T. Boone. Learn more at

World Architecture News Shortlist

World Architecture News Shortlist

The Railyard Park and McDonald’s Global Flagship at Walt Disney World are shortlisted for the 2021 World Architecture News Awards in the Urban Landscape and Commercial categories respectively.

View the entire shortlist at

International Architecture Award 2021

International Architecture Award

The Lincoln Park Zoo Visitor Center was recently honored with the International Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Congratulations to our clients and collaborators!

See other winners at

COD Aawards 2021

CODAawards Top 100

The O’hare International Airport Multi-modal Terminal is a finalist in the Collaboration of Design + Art awards. The artwork was curated by Theater Gates and features three site specific installations by Rob Ley, James Carpenter, and Nick Cave.


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The Architect's Newspaper - "Just the Ticket"

“Many designers would find an active railway an impediment to the creation of a new five-acre park. The Arkansas & Missouri railroad train tracks run through downtown Rogers, Arkansas, were a local trademark worth venerating, not obscuring.

Read more from Editor Matt Hickman at

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Metropolis - "Railyard Park Signifies a Small-Town Renaissance"

Addie Broyles of Metropolis Magazine catalogs the recent completion of the Railyard Park in Rogers, Arkansas.

Peace Corps Carol Highlight

50 Years after the Peace Corps

2021 marks the 60th anniversary of the Peace Corps and the 50th anniversary of Carol embarking on assignment to Costa Rica.

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World Changing Idea

Fast Company names the McDonald’s Global Flagship at Walt Disney World a 2021 World Changing Idea finalist.

"Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards have honored the businesses and organizations driving change in the world...This singular project is an ambitious first step in addressing the climate crisis through expressive architecture and forward-looking technology."

Congratulations to the project team!

Female Frontier Awards

Female Frontier Awards

Congratulations to Design Principal and Founder Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, HASLA for being named an inaugural winner of World Architecture News' Female Frontier Awards - Contribution to Architecture.

"With a career that spans nearly 50 years, Carol has made significant contributions to the built environment, the profession, and architectural education. From the early days in the United States Peace Corps planning National Parks in Costa Rica to recent collaborations with City Governments, Carol has relentlessly advocated that excellent design is a right, not a privilege."


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Invest South/West

Ross Barney Architects announces a collaboration with Evergreen/Imagine and Nia Architects as part of Chicago’s Invest South/West Initiative. The team’s vision is to cre­ate an envi­ron­ment that empha­sizes resilient, healthy and sus­tain­able urban liv­ing.

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