Cordogan, Clark & Associates is a full service architectural, planning and engineering firm of innovative professionals committed to excellence. We provide advance value planning and accurate research to develop projects of high design quality, functional efficiency, and cost effectiveness. By completing projects within budget and on schedule, CCA has earned its reputation as effective architects and problem solvers.

The structure of our firm allows close, personal participation by principals and key personnel on each project. Assisted by an excellent staff of trained professionals, the principals guide each project from programming and conceptual stages through construction and occupancy, providing experienced project management and consistent design quality. CCA believes in providing each client's project the continual, personal focus of a trained team of professionals, whose level of expertise is achieved through years of on-the-job experience. Our design methodology encourages a high level of client involvement as an informed, integral member of the team, through all phases of the project. This collaborative process has proven highly successful in creating distinctive architecture that exceeds our clients' expectations.


Scientel Solutions To Establish World Headquarters in Aurora, Illinois


Scientel Solutions, a universal integrator offering design, installation, and maintenance support for telecommunications and emerging technology, will locate its new World Headquarters in Aurora, Illinois.

Nelson Santos, President & Co-founder of Scientel Solutions said, "This project i....

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New wings, entrance, and stadium open at East Aurora High School: 'The kids are in awe'


East Aurora High School's expansion and renovation marks a significant advancement for the students, faculty, and administration. The work, designed to address capacity and congestion issues, not only boosts the stakeholder's morale, but also the school's image. Building a better atmosphere creates ....

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Preserving Chicago's Heritage: New Life for Illinois' Oldest High School


Nestled in Chicago's historic Ravenswood-Lake View neighborhood and surrounded by 100-year old homes and Victorian mansions, Lake View High School is an architectural gem. There is no mistaking the relevance of this red brick and limestone building. Upon arrival, all visitors are welcomed through a ....

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Aurora University's John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School Wins Top "Leading by Learning" Award of Distinction!


Two dozen school designs will be on display at the 2017 Joint Annual Conference, including those earning awards in the 29th annual Invitational Exhibition of Educational Environments, sponsored by IASB Service Associates.

The awards were made by a blind jury pool of architects and supe....

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Milwaukee Avenue Apartments wins the 2017 IHDA (Illinois Housing Development Authority) Gale Cincotta Housing Champion Award for Accessibility Innovation!


Milwaukee Avenue Apartments won the 2017 IHDA (Illinois Housing Development Authority) Gale Cincotta Housing Champion Award. Developed by Full Circle Communities, Milwaukee Avenue won for its innovative design that improves accessibility at every opportunity. Milwaukee Avenue Apartments features 32 ....

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"Make No Little Plans": Our proposal for a new Chicago lakefront


Daniel Burnham, the architect and urban designer responsible for the 1893 World's Fair as well as for helping preserve Chicago's lakefront as an open park free of commercial development, famously said, "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be ....

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Clinton Elementary School: Building for Community


The community of Clinton, Illinois overwhelmingly passed a bond referendum five years ago to build a new elementary school for its Unit School District 15. More than 70% of voters favored the bond proposal. The main program challenge for Clinton's new Elementary School, and the one that has also yie....

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Ding Shu General Airport, Yixing Dushu, China


Cordogan Clark & Associates is teamed as the Design Architect with Hanson Engineers for the design of a new private regional airport in Ding Shu, China. Cordogan Clark is designing the Fixed-Base Aviation Operations building, Hangars, and Firestation. Ding Shu general airport is in the town of Yixi....

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Timing makes $50M East Aurora project among 'most challenging'


It's hard for Rick Krischel, construction manager for Cordogan, Clark and Associates, to contain his enthusiasm for the mammoth East Aurora School District renovation he is overseeing.

For one thing, the whole shebang is coming together beautifully. Mother Nature's cooperation these pas....

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New 41st Street bike and pedestrian bridge


City officials and members of the Bronzeville community came together yesterday to formally break ground on a new bike and pedestrian bridge at 41st Street on Chicago’s South Side. The long-discussed project is finally ready to begin its reach across Lake Shore Drive and the Illinois Central rail tr....

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Developer unveils reworked proposal for large Pilsen site


Developer Property Markets Group is proposing a major mixed-use development in Pilsen which will create more affordable housing than most other privately funded developments in the history of Chicago. The new plan, named ParkWorks, would see the creation of several new buildings which would deliver ....

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IN2 - Illinois Math and Science Academy


YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, an esteemed alumnus of world-renowned Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA), recently returned to his alma mater to unveil the new Steve and Jamie Chen Center for Innovation and Inquiry, IN2. Designed to foster innovation among the high school students at IMSA, IN2 ....

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Library Makerspaces: A New Alternative Education Environment


Since 2013 when the American Library Association (ALA) announced the formation of its Center for the Future of Libraries, it has focused much of its work on identifying new emerging trend relevant to libraries, librarians, and their communities. Though we can't predict the future, we can identify t....

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New 'U' apartments headed to Chicago's University Village


The 99-unit rental development is aimed at young professionals and grad students

Located directly west of the Dan Ryan Expressway at 710 West 14th Street a new luxury apartment development branded simply as "U", designed for young professionals and grad students, is now underway. ....

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East Aurora High School (Construction Progress)


Students at East Aurora High School are beginning to see big changes at their school!

A brand new stadium, new 8 lane competition track, seating for 3,500 fans, concession stand and new Tom Cat entry plaza, as well as 20 new classrooms, a new Fine Arts addition, and new main entr....

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Hinsdale Middle School Design Update: Referendum Passes!


Citizens of Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, and Burr Ridge have something to celebrate this November. In the recent November 8th polls, the referendum for the new Hinsdale Middle School passed. Thanks to a community education effort, voters were aware of all the implications included in the referendum an....

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New Welcome Center Brings Warm Welcome


As the new "front door" for the campus, the new Ellsworth and Virginia Hill Welcome Center at Aurora University, designed by Cordogan Clark & Associates, warmly welcomes students, alumni, and other visitors. The overall environment of the Welcome Center is one of elegance and warmth, maintaining the....

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A Transformative New School for the 21st Century


The Silas Willard Elementary School in Galesburg, Illinois

From chalkboards to touch screen monitors, Silas Willard Elementary underwent monumental changes building their new school. Silas Willard has been a source of great pride in this community where in 1917 future president Ron....

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It all started Christmas Day 2015...


Day 1:

Hi! I am Rob Galbraith, president of Keystone Architecture, and I was surprised with a very special Christmas present from my wife Carol in 2015. It was a Frank Lloyd Wright weekend in Wisconsin! I have been a great admirer of Frank Lloyd Wright over the years, and Carol a....

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Premiered on Aurora Public Library, "LiquidArmor" Wins Gold Edison Award


The Dow Company's Nick Scheib, Commercial Market Manager, recently told us that one of the best ways Dow gets new product ideas is to watch where things are being done inefficiently at a construction site. Inefficiency, Nick says, can suggest the need for a new product. Dow’s building material scien....

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Aurora University's John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School Awarded LEED Platinum


The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School at Aurora University with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, recognizing the energy-efficient and high-performing design of the building. The STEM Partnership School is ....

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Hinsdale Middle School Design Update: Referendum Vote March 15th


As part of the General Primary Election on March 15, 2016, voters in District 181 will be presented with a referendum question seeking authorization to sell up to $65 million in bonds for the purpose of building a new school, designed by Cordogan Clark & Associates, that would replace Hinsdale Middl....

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A New Keystone for Cordogan Clark & Associates


Sunnyside Intermediate School - Lafayette School Corporation - Lafayette, Indiana (Cordogan Clark with Keystone Architecture)

We are pleased to announce that Keystone Architecture, an architectural firm headed by Rob Galbraith based in Lafayette, Indiana, has merged with Cordogan Cla....

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Illinois Math and Science Academy - IN2: The Steve and Jamie Chen Center for Innovation & Inquiry


Steve Chen, co-founder of YouTube and AVOS Systems, Inc., generously designated a $1,000,000 lead gift, through the Schwab Charitable Fund, to the IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education to benefit his alma mater, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA).

IMSA is a publicly fun....

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CITIC Chongming Island Retirement Community (CCRC) Project


"A Great Place for the New Start of Life"

Cordogan, Clark & Associates, teamed with The Davis Experience of Phoenix, was one of three firms invited to enter an international competition for the design of a new Continuous Care Retirement Community (CCRC) on Chongming Island. Our pro....

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City of Aurora's New State-of-the-Art Public Library


The Richard and Gina Santori Public Library

The City of Aurora opened its new LEED-certified 98,000-square-foot Main Library as part of its commitment to improving the City and its infrastructure.

The new Aurora Main Library is an important new civic destination for cul....

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Waubonsee Community College Celebrates Grand Opening of New Field House


With Field House Opening, Waubonsee's 2020 Master Plan Now Complete - Ahead of Schedule and On Budget

Waubonsee Community College opened the doors of its new Field House addition and renovated Erickson Hall in March on the college's Sugar Grove campus, marking completion of its 202....

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Suzhou Villa Master Plan


Cordogan Clark & Associates is providing master plan and architectural design for a multi-family villa site in Suzhou, China. This master plan and design for a prominent and historically sensitive site integrates water, nature, and architecture. It respects key elements of the local design tradition....

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Multi-Family Housing Systems Building


Residential Construction Processes Through the Years

Imagine that when you buy a car you first select a designer and a master assembler. Parts and materials arrive from different states and countries for on-site fabrication. You're given a probable 6 month date for completion, barr....

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Zhou B Art Center, Museum and Sculpture Garden - Beijing, China


This project for internationally recognized artists the Zhou Brothers provides a museum, exhibition space, multi-purpose area, restaurant, and sculpture garden in Beijing’s Olympic Park.

Cordogan Clark & Associates have worked as architects and architectural advisors for the Zhou Brother....

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Innovative learning facility opens for 2014-2015 school year on Aurora University Campus


The John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School: A New Education Model

Since August 2014, 150 elementary and middle school students have been attending the newly completed John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School at Aurora University. This innovative learning facility, which serves third ....

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South Side Lake Shore Drive pedestrian bridges finally get funding


Blair Kamin’s article in the Chicago Tribune focuses on the recently announced funding for the Lake Shore Drive pedestrian bridges, as well as the politics and process behind it.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Sen. Dick Durbin announced federal funding for the new twin pedestrian bridges—one to....

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Clinton Elementary School


The new Clinton Elementary School in Clinton, Illinois opened on schedule and on budget. Clinton Community School District administrators and teachers began moving into the new 70,000 sq. ft. building during the first week of July.

The community of Clinton overwhelmingly passed a bond ref....

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Cordogan Clark & Associates Wins Competition for Mixed-Use Complex in Wuxi, China


The city of Wuxi, China grew up along the banks of the large Lake Taihu. Much of its historic architecture arose along its banks, and along the waterways that feed into it. The playful reflections of architecture in water inspired this multi-use Hotel, Retail, and Apartment complex.


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John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School a New Education Model


Construction has begun on an innovative learning facility designed to address regional and national deficiencies in science, technology, engineering, and math education. Next year, 200 elementary and middle school students will attend new John C. Dunham STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Ma....

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Student Residence Renovation Gives Students Room to Grow


In the fall of 2013, Northern Illinois University reopened its residential Gilbert Hall after a state-of-the-art renovation as part of NIU's Vision 2020 initiative.

"We are working hard to create the best possible living-and-learning environment as part of our focus on student career suc....

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First-of-Its-Kind Supportive-Housing Development in the Northwest Suburbs: Myers Place in Mt. Prospect Provides New Home for Special Needs Residents


Myers Place is an innovative, supportive, affordable housing project in Mt. Prospect, Illinois. Residents with mental disabilities who are able to live independently, all originally from Chicago's Northwest Suburbs, have found a new permanent residence here. This $13.2 million four-story development....

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Centennial Hall Provides Lifestyle Transition


The new four story Centennial Hall at Aurora University represents the University's commitment to meet the growing demand for on-campus student housing. A private liberal arts institution in a historic neighborhood district in Aurora, Illinois, Aurora University has enjoyed significant academic and ....

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Mount Prospect Community and Project Partners Celebrate Grand Opening of Myers Place


Community leaders, project partners and local residents celebrated the grand opening for Myers Place, a new $13.2 million mixed-use supportive housing development located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Myers Place, located in Mount Prospect, fills a vital need for supportive housing....

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New Clinton Elementary School Starts Construction


Construction is already underway on Clinton's new 70,000 SF Elementary School.

The community of Clinton, Illinois overwhelmingly passed a bond referendum late last year to build a new High School for its Unit School District 15. The Clinton community strongly supported the school distric....

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City of Aurora to Build New State-of-the-Art Public Library


The City of Aurora will construct a new LEED-certified 97,000-square-foot Main Library as part of its commitment to improving the City and its infrastructure. The downtown Library, which serves more than 500,000 patrons each year, has exhausted its current building. To reposition it for the new mil....

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Zhengzhou Center City Master Plan Competition


In Fall 2012 Cordogan Clark & Associates was one of five firms, and the sole US firm, invited to compete in the competition for the new Masterplan for Zhengzhou, China. Using traditional Chinese graphic metaphors as inspiration, our urban design is designed for functional efficiency and sustainabil....

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Waubonsee's New Campus Celebrates First Anniversary


Since its opening, Waubonsee Community College's downtown Aurora Campus has brought new life to the heart of Aurora's downtown. It has transformed an entire block of underused buildings into a new state-of-the-art multi-use educational campus. In just a year, it has served nearly 9,500 students, w....

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Northern Illinois University Completes New Fay-Cooper Cole Hall: Spring Semester 2012


This spring semester, Northern Illinois University unveiled the newly renovated and expanded Fay-Cooper Cole Hall. The 1960s-era building, located at the heart of campus, has been transformed into a collaborative-learning environment that university officials believe will be looked to as a national ....

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Cole Hall Reopens Today


High-tech facility could become model for collaborative learning :

With the spring semester beginning today, NIU unveiled a new crown jewel on campus - the renovated and super-high-tech Fay-Cooper Cole Hall.

What had been one of the university’s most outdated facilities is ....

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Cordogan, Clark & Associates in Limited International Competition


Cordogan, Clark & Associates was selected as the only U.S. architectural firm to participate in a limited international competition for the design of the new corporate headquarters of China Aviation Industry Corporation, in Beijing. This is a major aviation company whose focus is to efficiently deve....

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China Charcoal Corporate Headquarters


In Fall 2011 Cordogan Clark & Associates was the U.S. firm invited to participate in the limited competition for the new China Charcoal corporate headquarters. Our design creates a strong and dynamic new corporate identity. The architectural composition is powerful and iconic. It is instantly memora....

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Cordogan, Clark & Associates featured in Chicago Gallery News


Cordogan, Clark & Associates gallery projects have been featured on the cover of the preceding two issues of Chicago Gallery News.


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Science Wing and General Renovation - Argo Community High School


Argo Community High School has provided the Village of Summit high level educational services for the past ninety years. During this time, the campus building has undergone several expansions to accommodate the growing community and student enrollment, now numbering 1,750 students.

Our ....

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Marmion Academy Completes New Phase of a Multi-Phase Campus Expansion: Fall, 2011


When school resumed at Marmion Academy this fall, students were greeted by a new building on campus: the Regole Field House. This 36,000 s.f. precast concrete and glass structure contains three practice basketball courts, a running track, sprint track, golf / baseball practice cages, long jump pit....

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Washington Park, Chicago


The "metadesign" for West Washington Park restores community life to a large blighted inner-city region. Cordogan Clark & Associates was commissioned to design this project after Chicago's Olympic Bid proved unsuccessful, for the same site that was to house much of the Olympics.


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Roquette America Opens Innovation Center


The 40,000-square-foot first phase of the new Roquette Innovation Center, a sustainable, high-tech center for corn processor, was completed this spring. The facility includes test labs, a pilot production plant, a kitchen, an auditorium and meeting rooms. Sustainable features include water-efficien....

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Waubonsee Celebrates Aurora Campus Opening


On Friday, June 3, Waubonsee Community College celebrated the grand opening of its new downtown Aurora Campus at an event that drew more than 1,000 people. In addition to building tours, attendees heard remarks from Aurora Mayor Thomas Weisner and several Waubonsee officials highlighting how student....

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Aurora Police Headquarters Garners Another Award


The Aurora Police Headquarters and Branch Court Facility has another award to add to its display case after being recognized by the Chicago Metropolitan Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA).

The police facility was named APWA's "Structures - $25 Million to $75 Million" ....

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Illinois State University: Watterson Towers Renovation


Home to 2,200 Illinois State University students during the academic year, Watterson Towers is the tallest residence hall in the United States. Watterson is designed in room clusters, or "suites", as an alternative to traditional linear corridor-style residence hall. The 28-story twin-tower complex ....

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NIU unveils plan for remodeled Cole Hall: Fall 2011 reopening planned


DeKalb, Ill. - Northern Illinois University today unveiled plans for a remodeled Cole Hall. When work is completed the building will include a state-of-the-art lecture hall, a new home for the NIU Anthropology Museum and a computer laboratory designed to cultivate collaborative problem solving sk....

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Aurora Police Headquarters


The newly completed Aurora Police Headquarters and Branch Courts by Cordogan, Clark & Associates with McClaren Wilson and Lawrie, nationally recognized specialists in architecture for law enforcement and forensic sciences, features state-of-the-art technology, substantial increases in the amount of ....

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Sugar Grove Public Library


The new 25,000 square foot Sugar Grove Public Library, designed by Cordogan Clark and Associates,in association with Leo A Daly, replaces the 6,000 square foot building that had housed the library for 37 years. The new Sugar Grove library celebrates the future as well as the past, blending a regiona....

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Green Bank Design Pays Dividends


The architectural design of Devon Bank's new Wheeling branch, designed by Cordogan Clark & Associates, shows that quality green design pays dividends. Soon after opening, this branch bank met its investment goals for the entire year. In addition to highlighting this bank’s superior customer service,....

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41st and 43rd Street Bridges
City of Chicago


"As the ordinary directness of line in town-streets, with its resultant regularity of plan would suggest eagerness to press forward without looking to the right hand or the left... we should recommend the general adoption, in the design of your roads, of gracefully-curved lines, generous spaces, and....

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Aurora University's Institute for Collaboration


The new Institute for Collaboration is an innovative, collaborative "real world" learning laboratory that incorporates tutoring, community service, and professional certification. Built on the south edge of campus, it complements existing "Richardsonian Romanesque" campus architecture while comforta....

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