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John DeSalvo, AIA, BA (Hons) , MA , Dip. Arch

Associate Professor, IIT

Director, Graduate Studio, Analytic Rendering Course Instructor



John DeSalvo graduated first in his architecture class at Cornell University in 1987 . He worked for SOM and Josef Kleihues in Chicago before moving to Germany .

He spent a decade living in Berllin where he worked for Norman Foster on the Reichstag project and Helmut Jahn in both Berlin and then Chicago. John now resides in Chicago where he has his own architectural practice, John DeSalvo Design. His practice takes a comprehensive approach to integrating technology and sustainability . His residential design work has been featured in  Dwell Magazine and won the  Chicago Chapter AIA Small Project Honor Award 2011. Associate professor at Illinois Institute of Technology, John  has taught both undergraduate and graduate design studios at IIT as well as free hand rendering techniques. He is a director of a graduate studio and head of graduate admissions for the School of Architecture. John is also a freehand illustrator for Norton Press Publications’ architectural pocket guide series, which includes books on Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami.

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