Worlds Most Innovative Companies 2022

Fast Company - World's Most Innovative Company

Ross Barney Architects named one of 2022's Most Innovative Companies for "energizing Rogers, Arkansas, with a new park project and McDonald's restaurants with net-zero design". Read more here.

Planet Positive Awards 2021

Metropolis Magazine 2021 Planet Positive Awards

As McDonald’s Corporation accelerates its commitment to reach Net Zero Emissions by 2050, we are pleased to announce that Metropolis Magazine has awarded the inaugural, Planet Positive Award’s top honor to the McDonald’s Chicago Flagship restaurant.


Lincoln Academy of Illinois 2021

Illi­nois Gov­er­nor Pritzk­er Announces 2021 Order of Lin­coln Recipients

Design Prin­ci­pal and Founder Car­ol Ross Bar­ney, FAIA, HASLA hon­ored as 2021 recip­i­ent of the Order of Lin­coln, Illi­nois’ high­est hon­or for pro­fes­sion­al achieve­ment and pub­lic service. Established in 1964, the Order of Lincoln honors Illinois residents whose work uplifts every community in the state. This year’s Lincoln Laureates will be honored at the upcoming 57th annual Convocation at the Chicago History Museum.

You can view the ceremony here.

COD Aawards 2021

CODAawards Top 100

The O’hare International Airport Multi-modal Terminal has been honored with a Merit Award in the Collaboration of Design + Art awards (CODA). 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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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.

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

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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McDonald's Flagship receives LEED Platinum Certification

The McDonald’s Corporation and Ross Barney Architects announced that the McDonald’s Chicago Flagship received LEED Platinum Certification, the high­est lev­el of achieve­ment from the glob­al­ly rec­og­nized program.

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Architizer A+ Firm Award

Ross Barney Architects has been honored as one of the best practices in North America. Architizer announced it’s A+ Firm Award with the studio being named a finalist alongside Michael Green Architecture, Rangr Studio, Ikon.5 Architects, Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, and Diamond Schmitt Architects.


Award season

Award Season

Congratulations to our clients and collaborators on a series of awards from AIA Chicago, the Chicago Athenaeum, and Architect’s Newspaper.

Lincoln Park Zoo Visitor Center - American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum
McDonald's Global Flagship at Walt Disney World
- Distinguished Building Citation of Merit, AIA Chicago
Railyard Park
- Best of Design Unbuilt Landscape, The Architect's Newspaper

Cheers to these exciting civic spaces!

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Modern Steel Construction: Merit Award

The Belmont Gateway receives a Merit Award from the American Institute of Steel Construction in the Sculptures / Art Installations / Non-building Structures category.

Read more in the May 2020 issue of Modern Steel Construction.

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