Former Principal, Searl Lamaster Howe Architects
Linda Searl, FAIA is a principal of Searl Lamaster Howe Architects, P.C. She is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a past President of AIA Chicago and a former member of the National AIA Board of Directors serving as a Regional Director and Vice President. She has served as a Board Member and past chair of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts, she is a past Chair of the Board of Trustees at Archeworks, and she has served as a board member at Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois.
Linda received both her Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Arts in Architecture from the University of Florida. Her professional achievements include being selected by Architectural Digest as an AD100 in 2004, a professional honor bestowed on the best Architects and Designers of the year. Linda’s award-winning work has been published nationally in periodicals including Architectural Record, Architecture, Chicago Magazine, and Interior Design. Exhibitions of her firm’s work have been held at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Athenaeum, State of Illinois Building, Chicago Architectural Club, Chicago Historical Society, and the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
She has served as Chair of the Chicago Plan Commission, where she was served as a member since 1997. Linda was a member of the Steering Committee for Chicago’s Central Area Plan, and was co- chair of the Urban Design Task Force. She serves on the Chicago Design Initiative Task Force to advise the City of Chicago Department of Planning on planning and design issues. She has participated in the Mayor’s Institute of City Design in Charleston and Chicago.