Carol Ross Barney

Founder and President




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Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, is founder and principal of Ross Barney Architects. She is responsible for the design excellence of all projects undertaken by the firm. Dedicated to improving the built environment, her work has an international reputation in design of institutional and public buildings. The work of her firm has been published in national and international journals, books and newspapers and has been awarded with numerous honors including four Institute Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects and over 20 AIA Chicago Design Awards. Her drawings have been widely exhibited and collected by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Historical Society, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the National Building Museum. Carol is the recipient of the American Institute of Architects 2005 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. This award recognizes excellence for a career of architectural achievement.

Commissions include the new Commodore John Barry Elementary School for the School District of Philadelphia, United States Federal Building in Oklahoma City, United States Border Station in Sault Ste. Marie Michigan, Swenson Science Building for the University of Minnesota at Duluth, Arts Science and Technology Pavilion for Oakton Community College, a new Synagogue for the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation and reconstruction of two of Chicago’s most heavily used transit stations at Fullerton and Belmont Avenues.

Carol 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. Carol is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, one of the highest honors the Institute bestows upon its members. She has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Oklahoma (Goff Chair for Creative Architecture) and the Illinois Institute of Technology where she has taught a Graduate Design Studio and continues to serve on the College Board of Overseers.