Board of Directors

John Syvertsen, FAIA

Chair, Archeworks Board of Directors

John has been chair of the AIA National Committee on Design, and president of both the AIA Chicago Chapter and the Chicago Architectural Club. He has Board and Advisory positions at the Illinois Institute of Technology, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. John is a leader and original member of The Chicago Design Initiative.

Eva Maddox Assoc AIA, FIIDA

Vice Chair, Archeworks Board of Directors

Eva is Co-Founder of Archeworks and a Fellow of the International Interior Design Association. She is the recipient of Chicago Magazine’s 2002 Chicagoan of the Year; and 2000 Star Award from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) honoring her outstanding leadership and contribution to design. In 1999, Eva was elected to IIDA’s College of Fellows and in 1992, she was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

Howard Conant, Jr.

Treasurer, Archeworks Board of Directors

Urban Innovations is Chicago’s premier developer and operator of office lofts committed to preserving affordable senior housing through the purchase, revitalization, professional management and long-term ownership or existing low-income senior properties. Howard is the former President of the Board of Directors of the River North Association.

Andrew Balster

Office Practice Leader, CannonDesign

Andrew is a Chicago-based leader operating in the fields of architecture, urbanism, public policy, sociology, and academia. Working closely with influential leaders in the public and private sector, ranging from architects and planners to government officials and social activists, he creates research platforms with universities to explore many forms of cultural production. In practice, Andrew has worked on projects that are broad in typology and scale – ranging from small civic centers to super-tall towers to entire urban districts. Andrew was a Senior Designer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) in Chicago on several award-winning projects located all over the globe. He received an MScAAD and an MArch w/distinction from the University of Edinburgh in the UK. Andrew joined Archeworks as Executive Director in February 2015 and he currently is the Office Practice Leader of CannonDesign in Chicago.

Ryan Nestor

Principal, Barker Nestor Inc

Ryan is the co-founder of Barker Nestor Architecture + Design – a leading hospitality design firm based in Chicago with a 20 year portfolio of hundreds of highly-regarded restaurant, bar, hotel, and entertainment design projects spanning the US. Awarded baccalaureates of architecture and science in environmental design from Ball State University, Ryan later diversified his education at the Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology. There, he was a member of both the Law Review and the nationally-recognized Trial Advocacy Team. Ryan sits as a guest jury critic and guest lectures at numerous Chicago area universities, and is a Visiting Instructor at TU Delft in the Netherlands.

Tim Swanson

Chief Design Officer, Skender

Tim leads Skender’s team of architects and designers—bringing his passion for integrating the design and construction process to the firm’s clients. In his former position of Chicago office director at CannonDesign, he was the youngest office leader in the history of the century-old firm. Throughout his decade there, Tim oversaw a team of more than 200 architecture, engineering, and planning experts. He also led its City Design practice, a national group focused on helping cities around the world grow and prosper. Having lived in Abu Dhabi, rural India and major American cities like New York and Chicago, Tim brings a unique, global perspective to his design work. He is an advocate for smart growth and sustainable development, working with leaders at the intersection of urban planning, public health, and education. Tim earned a Master of Architecture with a specialization in urban development and infill from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and undergraduate degrees in fine arts and economics from Colgate University.