― Our History

Celebrating 85 years of making the world a better, more beautiful place.

Our firm was founded in Chicago in 1935. Since then, we’ve collected and preserved thousands of paper sketches, plans, photographs, notes, and even hand-drawn doodles from some of our greatest designers. For our 85th birthday, we invite you to take an unprecedented tour of our archives through a curated digital museum experience.  

Explore some of our first projects and hear from Ralph Johnson, Principal and Global Design Director, about the early history of our firm.

Architect Bill Brubaker had one of the longest tenures in our firm’s history. Explore a selection of his work and illustrative sketches from our archives.