• Master of Urban Planning and Policy Curriculum, University of Illinois, 1978-1979
  • Ecole des Beaux Arts, Versailles, 1976; studied under Felix Candela
  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Illinois, 1977, Highest Honors, Bronze Tablet Award
  • Northwestern University Infrastructure Technology Institute
  • Faculty, The Art Institute of Chicago

  • Registered Architect - Illinois, Arizona, Wisconsin, Kentucky
  • NCARB Registration: licensed for reciprocal registration throughout the U.S.
  • LEED Certified Professional
  • Registered Self Certification City of Chicago
  • Registered Energy Professional City of Chicago

Professional Activities
  • American Institute of Architects
  • American Planning Association
  • Chicago Architectural Club
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation
  • Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • Illinois Housing Council
  • Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Urban Land Institute
  • USGBC United States Green Building Council
  • Fulbright Specialist Award 2012
  • Society for College and University Planning
  • Low Carbon Earth Summit 2014, Qingdao, China
    (Speaker: "Green Action for Sustainability: Low Carbon Architecture, Recent Trends")

Management Profile

A founding principal of Cordogan, Clark & Associates, John Clark manages the firm's Chicago office. Together with his partner, John Cordogan, John Clark is responsible for the architecture, design, and construction quality of the firm's projects.

Cordogan, Clark & Associates is one of the Chicago area's largest architectural firms. The firm has an extensive portfolio of work including institutional, residential and commercial projects. John maintains an active, daily involvement in the development of the firm's projects, focusing on architectural design, planning and construction technology.

John Clark has won national and international design and design/ build competitions for a variety of projects, including the new bridge-based Pavilions for the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority; for the 41st and 43rd street bridges of the City of Chicago; and for the Florida Oasis redevelopment.

John has designed a broad range of projects in the Chicago area, throughout the Midwest, and internationally. These have ranged from large-scale municipal, institutional and educational facilities to high-rise, multi-use office and hotel complexes. John has completed a wide variety of significant projects involving urban planning, municipal design, and historic and contextual design. Recent designs include the downtown planning projects in China.

John has served on design award juries for The American Institute of Architects and has been a visiting design juror at the University of Illinois, Illinois Institute of Technology, and at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he has also served on the design faculty.

His architectural work has been widely published and exhibited and is included in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Historical Society, and the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. His work has received awards from The National Society of Arts and Letters, the American Institute of Architects, the Precast Concrete Institute; and has received Community Beautification Awards.

In 2012 John has been selected for service as a Fulbright Specialist by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, on behalf of the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

The Fulbright Specialists Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It promotes linkages between United States academics and professionals and their counterparts at universities around the world. The program is designed to support qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in collaborative projects at higher education institutions in over 100 countries. Project activities focus on the strengthening and development needs of higher education institutions. The program sends U.S. faculty and professionals abroad to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development and institutional planning at overseas academic institutions.

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