1. produced or conducted by two or more parties working together.
Our work is collaborative – always beginning with an architect and a psychologist. The project will dictate the collaboration and can include other professionals, artists, researchers, engineers, bartenders, academics, interns, musicians…actually, we have not worked with a musician on a project, but we hope to someday.
Ron Kwaske was one of the last students to be trained under Mies van der Rohe’s architecture curriculum at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Planet Vectorworks was eager to get Ron’s take on the Young Talented Architecture Award organized by Fundacío Mies van der Rohe. Read more on their blog:
“We do not draw. We model,” proclaimed Ron Kwaske during his presentation, “Real-world Example of BIM Interpolation Between Architect and Contractor” at this year’s Vectorworks Design Summit held here in our own city of Chicago. As an expert Vectorworks software user, Ron was invited to speak about his firm’s processes that help improve communication from design to construction. Ron described how his firm takes great care to “build the buildings in the computer,” so a window really looks like a window (as he is showing in the above image) allowing the contractor to “just follow the picture like Lego construction.”
Burnham Pavilion by Zaha Hadid Source: The Burnham Plan
We learned Zaha Hadid passed earlier today. What a loss for the world. Zaha Hadid was a visionary architect who pushed the boundaries of design. Her projects are bold yet elegant, feminine yet modern, futuristic yet fluid, abstract yet rational. She is one of the great architects of our century – a feat in its own right, though more impressive since she was one of few women to distinguish herself in a field dominated by men.
The Chicago Architecture Blog reported on the super-slim medical office building under construction in River North designed by Ron Kwaske. How narrow is the building? Only 20 feet wide. See for yourself in the pictures.
Concrete intersects various planes and serves as a structural element for this house with balance, which was designed using Feng Shui principles taking into consideration differing materials, arrangement of space, and sun exposure.
This house, designed by Ron Kwaske, Architect, is being constructed in Highland Park by AE Development & Construction, Inc.
Kwaske Collaborative was featured in Planet Vectorworks’ Valentines Day feature on couples who work together.
After over ten years of being licensed and practicing in Illinois, we are expanding our market, to include Florida.
We stripped our website and dressed it back up to reflect some of the changes in the firm. Still minimalist with modernist tendencies.
The Modern Horsebarn designed by Ron Kwaske is actually in the Archipendium 2016 calendar. What an honor to be selected to be part of this interesting architecture compendium.
Archipendium 2016 showcases 366 buildings in a compact calendar. If you are interested in ordering your own calendar, please visit their website: