Firm DescriptionFROM THE ARCHITECTS:
Ann Clark, a native Chicagoan, began Ann Clark Architects in March 2012. Previously, Ms. Clark was a principal with Nicholas Clark Architects, Ltd. Ms. Clark is a registered architect in Illinois, a member of the Association of Licensed Architects, and a registered LEED A P. Ms. Clark has extensive experience in single family and multi-family residential projects and also enjoys designing furniture as well as following a project through interior design. She has worked on numerous local new construction and renovation projects including a theatre and a log cabin restoration. Since 1993, Ann has been an active supporter of Boston based Partners In Health and during the past three years has offered her services to design a 180,000 s.f.320 bed teaching hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti with the support of Partners In Health.
Ms. Clark believes that the most important aspect of every project is getting a group of seemingly unrelated parties to reach an end goal together in the most harmonious and effective manner. Ann has learned that careful and good listening to clients, consultants and contractors at the onset leads to a better and satisfying end result for all involved.
Ms. Clark has been recognized as a community leader with an ability to bring many people from varied walks of life together in the effort to expand community pride and create respectful and community minded architecture.
Prior to her decision to study architecture, Ann lived in New York City where she worked at an art publication and pursued her lifelong interest in painting. Ms. Clark has international experience having studied as a Duke undergraduate in Erlangen, Germany and as a graduate student in Rome, Italy. She also traveled to St. Poelten, Austria for the culmination of her architectural education career, where she put her German language skills to use on the design and construction of a theoretical project funded by the SOM Foundation. She is presently learning Haitian Creole as she has been spending more time in Haiti during the planning and construction of the Mirebalais University Hospital.
Ms. Clark is the mother of two sons and has spent tireless hours working towards Illinois state school funding reform acting as campaign chair for a victorious referendum for her local school district to increase funding which had not been increased in 34 years. Ms. Clark is also one of the four Chicago area Regional Representatives for Partners In Health. Her role includes fundraising and promoting the work of Partners In Health.
Ms. Clark served as moderator a panel on “Disaster Resistant Housing” at Better World By Design sponsored by Brown University/RISD in October 2010. She also sat on a panel at the GlobeMed Summit at Northwestern University discussing her career leading to global health work.