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.

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.

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.