John Ronan Architects
John Ronan, founder of John Ronan Architects, led the design of the new facility. Founded in 1999, John Ronan Architects rose to national prominence in 2004 with the winning design for the 500,000-square-foot Perth Amboy High School in New Jersey. The firm has been the recipient of two AIA Institute National Honor Awards—for the Gary Comer Youth Center and the Poetry Foundation, both in Chicago—and in 2017 was ranked #4 in the nation by Architect magazine. In 2010 Princeton Architectural Press published a monograph entitled Explorations: The Architecture of John Ronan, and the firm’s work has been exhibited internationally, including in Iterations: John Ronan’s Poetry Foundation, an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Shepley Bulfinch, the award-winning programming architect for the Kaplan Institute, is a national leader in the programming and planning of prototype collaboration spaces for some of the country’s leading academic institutions, including the Harvard Innovation Lab, Duke University’s Link Teaching and Learning Center, and collaborative engineering and learning environments for Johns Hopkins University. The firm has strong ties to Chicago that date back to 1892, when the firm (then Shepley Rutan & Coolidge) designed the Art Institute of Chicago as part of the World’s Columbian Exposition.