Dallas Architecture Forum Lecture Series: John Ronan
John Ronan, FAIA, is founding principal of the firm John Ronan Architects, and serves as Lead Designer on all projects the office undertakes. He is known for his abstract yet sensuous work which explores materiality and atmosphere. He was a winner in the Townhouse Revisited Competition staged by the Graham Foundation and his firm was the winner of the prestigious Perth Amboy High School Design Competition, a two-stage international competition to design a 472,000 square foot high school in New Jersey. Ronan was named as a member of the Design Vanguard by Architectural Record magazine, and he was selected to The Architectural League of New York's Emerging Voices program.
In 2007, Ronan’s firm was selected as architect of the Poetry Foundation in Chicago, a search that started with 50 architects from around the world. Princeton Architectural Press published Explorations: The Architecture of John Ronan, a monograph on the firm’s work. The Center for American Architecture and Design at the University of Texas published The Poetry Foundation. In 2016, the firm was named one of seven international finalists for the Obama Presidential Center.
Ronan has lectured widely and his work has been exhibited internationally, including the Art Institute of Chicago and The Architectural League of New York's Urban Center. His work has been included in numerous publications on design and covered extensively by the international design press. His firm has been the recipient of two AIA Institute National Honor Awards (for the Poetry Foundation and The Gary Comer Youth Center, both in Chicago). John Ronan holds a Master of Architecture degree with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. Mr. Ronan is a Professor of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture.