Carol Ross Barney
CWA Founding Member
- CWA President
Gold Medal, American Institute of Architects, Illinois. 2015
Award of Honor, Chicago Building Congress. 2011
Who’s Who in Chicago, Crain’s Chicago Business. 2004 - Present
Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, American Institute of Architects. 2005.
Firm Award, American Institute of Architects, Illinois. 2000
Firm Award, American Institute of Architects, Chicago 1995
AIA Illinois, Gold Medal Carol Ross Barney, FAIA
AIA Chicago, Distinguished Building Award CTA Cermak Mc-Cormick Place Station
AIA Chicago, Divine Detail TrainTube, CTA Cermak-McCormick Place Station
Metropolitan Planning Council; Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning Bloomingdale Trail Framework Plan/606
AIA Illinois, Daniel Burnham Award Bloomingdale Trail Framework Plan
Chicago Building Congress, Merit Award Finalist, New Construction Suburbs Fermilab OTE Building
Urban Land Institute, Vision Award; Smart Transit Solutions and Neighborhood Impact, CTA Morgan Station
AIA Chicago, Distinguished Building Award OSU South Campus Chiller
AIA Chicago, Divine Detail Award UMD James I Swenson Civil Engineering Building
World Architecture Fesival, Production Energy and Recycling, Shortlist OSU South Campus Chiller
World Architecture News, Concrete in Architecture, Finalist OSU South Campus Chiller
Friends of Downtown, Best Plan Chicago Riverwalk
Architizer A+ Award, Finalist, Transport CTA Morgan Station
World Architecture Festival, High Commendation, Transport CTA Morgan Station
AIA Chicago, SustainABILITY Honor Award UMD James I Swenson Civil Engineering Building
AIA Chicago, Divine Detail, Honor Award CTA Morgan Station
AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects UMD James I Swenson Civil Engineering Building
Friends of Downtown, Best of Downtown Awards Finalist CTA Morgan Street Station
Chicago Architecture Foundation, Patron of the Year CTA Morgan Street Station
AIA Chicago, Distinguished Building Award CTA Morgan Street Station
AIA Chicago, Sustainability Leadership Award Iron Street Farm Feasibility Study
AIA Chicago, Divine Detail Award Chicago Riverwalk Underbridge Canopy
Eco Structure, Evergreen Awards
UMD James I Swenson Civil Engineering Building
American Architecture Award The Chicago Athenaeum Museum and Design Center UMD James I Swenson Civil Engineering Building
Friends of Downtown, Best Public Amenity Renovation, Grand/State Red Line Subway Station
Architect Magazine, Annual Design Review, Grow Citation UMD James I Swenson Civil Engineering Building
AIA Chicago, Distinguished Building Award, Honor Award UMD James I Swenson Civil Engineering Building
AIA Chicago, Distinguished Building Award, Citation of Merit CTA Fullerton and Belmont Stations
AIA Committee on Architecture for Education, Award of Merit UMD James I Swenson Civil Engineering Building
THEA Award, You! The Experience, Museum of Science and Industry
SCUP Awards, Special Citation UMD James I Swenson Civil Engineering Building
MCA, Awards of Excellence, Merit Award UMD James I Swenson Civil Engineering Building
AIA Chicago, Distinguished Building Award Chicago Riverwalk
Waterfront Center Honor Award, Excellence on the Waterfront Chicago Riverwalk
Architect Magazine, Annual Design Review, Move Citation, Chicago Riverwalk
Design Evanston Award Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation Synagogue
AIA Illinois Awards, Frank Lloyd Wright Award, Oakton Community College Art, Science & Technology Pavilion
Chicago Landmarks Commission, Preservation Excellence Award
99th St. Metra Station and Chicago Riverwalk
Friends of the Chicago River, Blue Ribbon Awards Chicago Riverwalk
Chicago Building Congress, Merit Awards, Chicago Riverwalk
Friends of Downtown, Best New Open Space Chicago Riverwalk
GNMAA Development of the Year Chicago Riverwalk
Chicago Architecture Foundation Patron of the Year Award Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago Department of Transportation
Best of 2009 in Architecture, Chicago Tribune Chicago Riverwalk
World Architecture Festival, High Commendation Community Buildings Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation
AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects JRC Synagogue
AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Award Champaign Public Library
AIA Illinois Honor Award Champaign Public Library
AIA Illinois Honor Award Mitzi Freidheim Englewood Child and Family Center
Chicago Building Congress, Merit Award Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation Synagogue
Distinguished Building Award, AIA Chicago Art, Science & Technology Pavilion
AIA Illinois Honor Award, Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation
AIA Central Illinois Design Award, Champaign Public Library
Frank Lloyd Wright Honor Award, AIA Illinois Levy Senior Center
Daniel Burnham Honor Award, AIA Illinois Wabash Memorial Plaza
Honor Award, ILASLA Wabash Memorial Plaza
Merit Award, ILASLA Swenson Science Building UMD
ACEC Illinois Special Achievement Award, 47th Street Pedestrian Bridge
General Services Administration Design Award, Oklahoma City Federal Building
Architectural Excellence in Community Design Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Chicago Transit Authority Blue Line
Thomas Jefferson Award American Institute of Architects Carol Ross Barney, FAIA
Interior Architecture Award, AIA Chicago, Oklahoma City Federal Building
Divine Detail Award, AIA Chicago, Oklahoma City Federal Building
The Coolest Thing Award, Friends of Downtown, Columbia College Chicago Conaway Student Center
Sustainable Design Award, AIA Chicago, Oklahoma City Federal Building
Merit Award Chicago Building CongressFaculty Office Building Governors State University
Merit Award Chicago Building CongressFamily Development Center, Governors State University
Francis J. Plym Traveling Fellowship, 1982
Chicago Women in Architecture, Member, Foundation Board, President 1977-1978
The Metropolitan Planning Council, Board of Governors, 2014-Present
The Metropolitan Planning Council, Great Rivers Chicago Initiative, Present
American Institute of Architects, Fellow
Illinois Institute of Technology, Studio Professor 1993-Current, College of Architecture Board of Overseers, 1997-Current
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, School of Architecture Advisory Board, 1998-Current
‘First Glass” OSU South Campus Central Chiller, The Architects Newspaper, 12.12.2013, Chris Bentley. “Ross Barney’s Colorful Ohio State Chiller Plant”, The Architect’s Newspaper, 8.23.2013, Chris Bentley. “Ross Barney Architects complete large-scale Chiller Plant”, World Architecture News, 8.9.2013.
“Ohio State University’s Psychedelic New Chiller Plant Earns LEED Silver Certification”, Inhabitat, by Bridgette Meinhold, 09.12.2013.
World Architects-Review, OSU South Campus Central Chiller, by John Hill, 2013.
“r_b arc designs modular water chiller plant at OSU”, DesignBoom, 7.18.2013.
“South Campus Chiller Plant at OSU / Ross Barney Architects”, ArchDaily, 8.1.2013.
Cover Story, “Infrastructure of Hope”, Architect Magazine, Katie Gerfen, April 2013;
Inhabitat weblog; Chicago’s New Morgan Station
“Gleaming new CTA station raises question: What price architecture?”, Chicago Tribune, May 29, 2012 by Blair Kamin.
“$7 Billion Public-Private Plan in Chicago Aims to Fix Transit, Schools and Parks”, New York Times, March 29, 2012, by John Schwartz.
Cover Story; Chicago Architect magazine, October 2011
Architecture Week, “Study in Engineering”, Michael Crosbie, August 24, 2011.
Architect Magazine, “Design: James I Swenson Civil Engineering Building”, Vernon Mays, March, 2011.
2011 Architype Review: Sustainability Issue, Volume 5, Number 4.
Architecture Minnesota, “Large Scale Learning Model”, Ann Klefstad, January/February 2011
Editorial, “A Century in the Making” World Architecture News, October 2009,
“Chicago’s Riverwalk to be the Next Times Square?” Friday, January 24, 2014, by AJ La Trace, Curbed Chicago.
“Checking in on Chicago’s Riverwalk Extension Plans” Friday, March 21, by James Brasuell, Planetizen. “Chicago Riverwalk Expansion ‘A Done Deal,’ City Receiving $100 Million Federal Loan” 03/29/2013, Huffiington Post.
“Chicago Riverwalk Proposal / Sasaki Associates + Ross Barney Architects”, 12/19/2012 by Alison Furuto, Arch Daily
Structure blends spirituality and sustainability; Designers aim for greenest synagogue in America”, Chicago Tribune, Blair Kamin, February 17, 2008.
2010 Architectural Record, Building Types Study: Religious Facilities.
“Wholly Different; A new Evanston synagogue models sustainable methods.” Chicago Architect magazine, Laurie Petersen, Sep-Oct, 2008.
2009 The Jewish Museum, “New Jewish Synagogues: Art and Architecture.”
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bachelor of Architecture, 1971
Carol Ross Barney, FAIA and her studio have been dedicated to designing public places and spaces since 1981. From small, community buildings, to campus buildings for premier academic and research institutions, to ground-breaking new transit stations that connect vibrant neighborhoods; her exploration into the power of how architecture improves our lives has produced distinctive structures that have become cultural icons.
Her work has been published in national and international journals, books, newspapers and web media.
Her building designs have received numerous honors including four Institute Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and over 35 AIA Chicago Design Awards. Her firm has received significant sustainable building awards including two AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project awards and the Evergreen Award from EcoStructure magazine. She is the recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture and the AIA Illinois Gold Medal.
Ross Barney is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Following graduation, she served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica planning national parks. She currently teaches an advanced Design Studio at IIT and serves on their College Board of Overseers.
In 1973, a group of women architects formed Chicago Women in Architecture an organization that has become a leading advocacy group for women in the profession. Carol was a founding member and served as CWA’s first president. In 1988, while serving in the national AIA Women in Architecture Committee, she was advisor for two related AIA Exhibitions “That Exceptional One” and “Many More”, ground breaking explorations about women architects.
CWA brought Carol together with an important mentor, Natalie deBlois, FAIA of Skidmore Owings and Merrill, who was probably the most under recognized designers of the modern midcentury. Carol and Natalie remained close friends until Natalie’s death at 92 in 2013.