Architecture and Infrastructure: Designing the Spaces In Between

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Architectural Record’s 2022 Innovation Conference
Presented by Carol Ross Barney

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how this architect designed a public walkway project to make the city more livable, viable, and sustainable.
  2. Discuss some of the health, safety, and wellness aims of each type of city transit project described in this presentation.
  3. Identify strategies discussed that combined architecture and water management with the aim of healthy spaces and environmental cleanup.
  4. Explain how this architect changed policies to execute these projects.



Making the livable, sustainable cities of the future will require new, innovative infrastructure. Although transit, utilities, and public ways are not generally considered to be places for architectural or design interventions, they are important opportunities that we cannot afford to overlook.



Carol Ross Barney, has been in the vanguard of civic space design since founding her Chicago-based firm Ross Barney Architects in 1981. Over the course of her career, Barney’s work has been honored with over 200 major design awards, including twelve national AIA Honor Awards, over 40 AIA Chicago Awards, and most recently the 2021 National Design Award from Cooper Hewitt. For the past two decades, Ross Barney Architects has been working on public projects along Chicago’s riverfront, including the design of the Chicago Riverwalk and the 606 Framework Plan, a masterplan for what was previously the Bloomingdale Trail, an elevated-railway turned park. Other notable projects include the Oklahoma City Federal Building, the McDonald’s global flagship restaurants—both in Chicago and Disney World—and the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation Synagogue in Evanston, Illinois. Barney teaches an advanced design studio at the the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she also serves on the College Board of Overseers.


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Originally published in November 2022