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.

Amy Cassell, IIDA, ASID, LEED AP

Principal, Amy Cassell Atelier

With 17 years of experience in architecture and interiors, Amy founded AC Atelier, a Chicago based architecture and interior design firm focused on residential, commercial, and hospitality work. Her current work includes projects in Chicago, New York, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Prior to founding AC Atelier, Amy was the Design Director for the Chicago office of Pierre-Yves Rochon, where she divided her time between the Chicago and Paris studios and created hotels internationally for Four Seasons, Starwood, Ritz Carlton, and private investors. Prior to joining Pierre-Yves Rochon, Amy was a partner at Suzanne Lovell Inc, splitting time between the New York and Chicago offices collaborating in the design of private residences that were featured in leading publications including Architectural Digest, Interior Design, Shelter, Chicago Social Interiors, and O at Home. Amy received her Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Ned Cramer

Editor-in-Chief, Architect Magazine

Ned is editor-in-chief of Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects, and group editorial director of design and commercial construction at Hanley Wood Media. Prior to joining Hanley Wood, Mr. Cramer served for five years as the curator of the Chicago Architecture Foundation and for eight years as an editor at Architecture magazine. Ned is a member of the U.S. General Services Administration’s Design Excellence National Peer Registry, the selection committee for the National Building Museum’s Scully Prize, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art National Advisory Committee. He was co-curator of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Robert J. Emanuel

Attorney at Law

Robert is a business attorney, having spent the bulk of his legal career serving the needs of large financial institutions and related entities.  In addition to Archeworks, Bob serves on the board of BUILDChicago, where he currently co-chairs the board development committee. Bob also previously served on the board of the Illinois Mortgage Bankers Association, where he was a member of the executive committee and co-chaired the legal issues committee.  After receiving his undergraduate degree from The University of Iowa in 1991, Bob received his law degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1995.

Philip Enquist, FAIA

Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Phil is the leader of SOM’s Global City Design Practice, one of the world’s most awarded urban planning groups. Enquist is committed to the profession through one-on-one mentorships, his recent teaching of a studio for architecture and urban design students at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and as the Charles Moore Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He was honored with the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Architectural Guild of the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture for his dedication to strengthening the physical, social, and intellectual infrastructure of cities. The year prior, the Chicago Tribune named him and his studio “Chicagoans of the Year in Architecture,” citing “the city-friendly designs of Phil Enquist.”

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.