Thomas Roszak

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Thomas Roszak
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Chicago, Illinois
Alma materIllinois Institute of Technology

Thomas Roszak, an architect, was born in Chicago in 1966. He received an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects in 2008. [1] Roszak was honored to be in the special 2005 Architectural Digest Issue, being named among the best residential architects. [2] In his 30-year career, Roszak has developed, designed, and built commercial properties, hotels, condominiums, and award-winning private residences. He heads four separate companies: Thomas Roszak Architecture, devoted to architecture and planning; SteelGrass, dedicated to environmentally sensitive design-build projects and construction management for residential and commercial properties; TR Management + Consulting, which focuses on project management and real estate consulting; and Moceri + Roszak, a real estate development firm. He was an Adjunct Professor in the College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, where he taught comprehensive architectural design and construction studio.

American Institute of Architects professional association for architects

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a professional organization for architects in the United States. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the AIA offers education, government advocacy, community redevelopment, and public outreach to support the architecture profession and improve its public image. The AIA also works with other members of the design and construction team to help coordinate the building industry.



Thomas Roszak received a bachelor's degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1989. In 1996, after early-career positions at architecture and development firms in Chicago, he founded Roszak Architecture, Development, and Construction, located in Evanston, Illinois. Roszak/ADC developed and created projects representing more than $3 billion in the metropolitan areas of Chicago, Illinois, and Phoenix, Arizona. His condominium developments in Chicago and Evanston have been cited for their beauty, ingenuity, and sensitivity to people and the environment. [3]

Illinois Institute of Technology Private research university in Chicago, Illinois

Illinois Institute of Technology is a private research university in Chicago, Illinois. It was established from the merger in 1940 of Armour Institute and Lewis Institute. The university has programs in engineering, science, psychology, architecture, business, communications, industrial technology, information technology, design and law. It traces its history to several 19th-century engineering and professional education institutions in the United States. The Institute of Design, Chicago-Kent College of Law, and Midwest College of Engineering were also merged into it.

Now Roszak leads as principal in each of four entities: Thomas Roszak Architecture, SteelGrass construction management, TR Management + Consulting, and Moceri + Roszak development, to align intersections among disciplines and streamline decisions, workflow, and communications. His offices are located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.

Glass House: A Family Home

The house of glass, concrete, and steel that Thomas Roszak designed and built for his wife and three children received an Honor Award for interior architecture from the American Institute of Architects in 2008. [1] [4] The AIA jury commented: "The transparency from the outside in and the inside out is a strong design concept. Not only does transparency unite the functional space of the floor plan with the environment, it informs the canvas about the use of color—the yellow structure, red core walls, and cherry floors tie directly to the seasonal vegetation, bringing the landscape into play as design elements." [1]

In Glass House: A Family Home, published by Edizioni Press in 2007, [5] Roszak writes about the realities of living in a transparent home and describes the process of creating warmth and comfort through a balance of design elements, technology, and landscaping.

Purpose + Process

In Purpose + Process, published by Images Publishing in 2018, Roszak presents his architect-led process that integrates design with construction, development, financing, marketing, and management of real estate. His book delineates the evolution of his modernist sensibilities as well as the integrated project delivery approach he has applied to his practice since 1996. The publication features sixteen of his residential, commercial, and specialty design projects, all of which incorporate advances in technology, materials, sustainability, and construction. The book contains introductory essays by architects Thomas Kerwin and Dirk Lohan further describing Roszak’s approach.

Selected Projects

ProjectLocationCompletedBuilding TypeProcessNotes
145 South WellsChicago, Illinois2019High-rise OfficeDesign / Develop / Build [6]
Linea ApartmentsChicago, Illinois2017High-rise ResidentialDesign / Develop / Build [7]
JeffJack ApartmentsChicago, Illinois2015High-rise ResidentialDesign / Develop / Build [8]
Morgan ManufacturingChicago, Illinois2015Adaptive Reuse / OfficeDesign [9]
IIT Chicago Kent College of Law - Bruce M. Kohen CourtroomChicago, Illinois2013Classroom / Courtroom RenovationDesign / Build [10]
InterContinental Hotel-MiamiMiami, Florida2012Hospitality RebrandingDesign [11]
Adler Planetarium - Clark Family Welcome CenterChicago, Illinois2011Science MuseumDesign [12]
7RR-Eco HomeNorthfield, Illinois2010Single-family ResidentialDesign / Build [13]
Vetro ResidencesChicago, Illinois2008High-rise ResidentialDesign / Develop / Build [14]
Sienna ResidencesEvanston, Illinois2008Mid-rise ResidentialDesign / Develop / Build [15]
Chicago Avenue PlaceEvanston, Illinois2004Mid-rise ResidentialDesign / Develop / Build [16]
Glass HouseNorthfield, Illinois2002Single-family ResidentialDesign / Build [17]
433 North Wells Street ResidencesChicago, Illinois1999Mid-rise ResidentialDesign / Develop / Build [18]

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  1. 1 2 3 Architecture Week. American Institute of Architects 2008 Honor Award for Interior Architecture, February 20, 2008.
  2. Architectural Digest "Clearly stated: A glass house tells a story near Chicago." May 1, 2005.
  3. Chicago Architect. "Questions for Thomas Roszak: Everyone wants a look at his glass house." July–August 2008.
  4. Architecture Week. American Institute of Architects 2008 Honor Award for Interior Architecture, February 20, 2008.
  5. Roszak, Thomas. Glass House: A Family Home. New York: Edizioni Press, 2007.
  6. "145 South Wells, Chicago, Illinois".
  7. "Linea Apartments, 215 West Lake Street, Chicago, Illinois".
  8. "JeffJack Apartments, Chicago, Illinois".
  9. "Morgan Manufacturing, Chicago, Illinois".
  10. "IIT Chicago Kent College of Law-Bruce M. Kohen Courtroom, Chicago, Illinois".
  11. "InterContinental Hotel-Miami, Miami, Florida".
  12. "Adler Planetrium-Clark Welcome Center, Chicago, Illinois".
  13. "7RR-Eco Home, Northfield, Illinois".
  14. "Vetro Residences, Chicago, Illinois".
  15. "Sienna Residence, Evanston, Illinois".
  16. "Chicago Avenue Place, Evanston, Illinois".
  17. "Glass House, Northfield, Illinois".
  18. "433 North Wells Street Residences".