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710 N Dearborn iii



We’re working on a new medical offices building in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Designed as a 7-story building, some zoning issues will require us to redesign it to a 5 floor + rooftop deck;  but, that’s Okay.  Practice makes perfect!

More money in our clients’ pockets

For the most recent Papa John’s designed and built by Ron Kwaske, Architect, opening day came one remarkable week ahead of schedule.  That’s an extra week of business for our clients.  In addition to that, by completing the project before April 1 we were able to save our clients over six figures in incentives!  That’s a lot of dough – pun intended.

Papa John's River North

Seriously, this was a highly challenged project that required an incredible amount of supervision and coordination.  The site was located within a mid-rise building that completely lacked mechanical infrastructure.  Plumbing, gas, and suitable ventilation were all necessary, and, a retrofit in an existing mid rise building is no easy task with the closest tie-in locations often located in excess of 3 floors above.

We had an incredibly aggressive deadline of one month start to finish.  The crews we brought to this project were professionals and followed the imperative set by our office that this project needed to be completed ahead of schedule.  They worked on a tight deadline in tight quarters.  With proper coordination, supervision, and a schedule updated on a daily basis, the work was completed efficiently and effectively.  Weekends were sacrificed, but craftsmanship and service were never compromised.


Our attention to detail and professional service does not stop with the drawings.  While we are proud to be their Architect; in this case we were also the Owner’s representative, adviser, and construction manager.

We help our clients to achieve their goals, which, in the case of a business, is to be profitable.   They can only start moving towards that goal if their business is operational, which we helped them do – one week ahead of schedule.


Lucky for me and my office, this post is written and not spoken because Michael McDermott & Heather Horton left us absolutely speechless with their acoustic performance in our office yesterday. The moment the soundcheck started we knew that there was going to be an incredible two hours ahead of us; and as it turns out, incredible is not a big enough word. I fear my staff may have turned into middle aged groupies. .. all good.

To the few who couldn’t make it… shame on you. You may very well have missed the opportunity for an unforgettable memory to add to your life’s adventure.

To all of those that came; thank you, I hope you had fun, and hope to see you again soon.

To Michael & Heather: I continue to be speechless, but, I can start with saying, on behalf of my office, clients, friends, and family, thank you for yesterday and thank you for being who you are.


Ron Kwaske.

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Working on a new bakery – design and construction documents.

A challenged space requiring a total gut rehab; new water and electrical service, structural improvements, and new storefront.  We’re basically building a building within a building.

3½ weeks


Three and a half weeks. That is all it took from permit to completion of the latest Papa John’s to open at Cermak and Michigan.  As effectively being the architect of record for many of Chicago’s local Papa John’s, we have been asked to expand our role to provide construction management services and have successfully completed the buildout in less than one month.

Ilianna Hevia Kwaske, PhD appointed Managing Principal

Ron Kwaske, Architect is pleased to announce Ilianna Hevia Kwaske, PhD as Managing Principal.

Dr. Kwaske has been silently involved with the office of Ron Kwaske, Architect since it’s inception and has overseen its growth on a consulting basis before leaving her tenure in academia as the Business Psycology Department Chair and later as Dean of  on-line programs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

In her role as Managing Principal, Dr. Kwaske is responsible for the overall business operations of the office in addition to her continued responsibility for architectural programming, hiring and media inquiries.


Ron Kwaske will continue in his role as design principal & architect in charge.


You may reach Dr. Kwaske at (312) 698-5024  or  via email at

3 Designers + 2 Psychologists : NYC AIDS Memorial Park Design Competition Results

No, we did not win.   However, we are very proud of our submission, which was produced by a multi-disciplinary team:

Architect: Ron Kwaske

Designers: Tom Gonzalez; Samantha Spencer

Psychologists: Ilianna Kwaske, Ph.D.; Michael Gold, MSW, Psy.D.


NYC AIDS Memorial Park

A celebration of life.  A tribute to those past.  Connecting generations through a living park, a living memorial.  With space for playing, gathering, public speaking, meditating, remembering, the AIDS Memorial Park was designed to make connections – past to present and future, young to old, dark to light, rage to hope.

The park in and of itself is a memorial bearing witness to all lost and lessons learned: lessons in humanity, charity, illness, life.  This park should be filled with life – even in the dead of winter. Continue reading “3 Designers + 2 Psychologists : NYC AIDS Memorial Park Design Competition Results”