Farr Associates is a firm of optimistic architects and planners passionate about cities, sustainability and leadership. We operate with an intent to innovate, tracking opportunities to achieve local, regional or even global “firsts.” Our planners and architects work in integrated design teams to create award-winning designs that provide the most client benefit for the least cost. Our best work results from close collaboration with clients on projects that aspire to attain social, economic and environmental goals, often at the crossroads of urbanism and architecture.

As a Benefit Corporation, Farr Associates strives for a positive and measurable impact on society, employees, and the environment. We maintain a reputation of actively working on behalf of those with diverse needs and identities, while belonging and contributing to a larger and just context. We align our business with a public good through full transparency– from our employee policies to our design intentions and community engagement.


We maintain Benefit Corporation reporting and transparency requirements through the Just Label managed by the International Living Future Institute. Please click here our full Firm Profile.

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Our Award-Winning Work


2010 Award for Global Excellence
Bethel Commercial Center


2016 CNU Illinois Charter Award
Downtown Rockford Strategic Action Master Plan


2017 APA Illinois Best Practice Award
Downtown Rockford Strategic Action Master Plan


2012 Firm of the Year
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2010 LISC CNDA Award
Powerhouse High School

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2011 EPA Smart Growth Award
Uptown Normal Circle

Who we are

Our team of architects, planners, and sustainability experts
Doug Farr, FAIA, LEED AP
President & Founding Principal
Doug Farr is Founding Principal and President of Farr Associates, the 2012 AIA Chicago Firm of the Year. He is a national leader in designing sustainable neighborhoods and buildings, being elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2014. Under his leadership, Farr Associates has designed and certified a total of seven LEED Platinum buildings, two of which also achieve net-zero energy, and four LEED-ND Developments. Doug was the founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED-ND Core Committee and is currently serving as the Chair of the Congress for the New Urbanism Executive Board.

Jonathan Boyer, FAIA
Jonathan Boyer has been practicing architecture in Chicago since 1974 and joined Farr Associates in 2004 as the Director of Architecture. Mr. Boyer’s practice has focused on integrating environmentally sustainable elements into healthy and aesthetically compelling living spaces.



Grant Hromas, LEED AP
Grant joined Farr Associates in 2016 as an urban designer and planner. His priorities include designing more attractive, economically and environmentally sustainable communities that create lasting connections between place and people. A background in architecture, as well as streetscape and corridor design, program development, town planning, and zoning and feasibility analysis, round out his diverse experience.

Joseph Juhl, AIA
Throughout his career, Joseph has developed sensitivity to client needs, awareness of current issues affecting planning, design, and construction, and a well-rounded set of skills in architectural methods and technologies. With his M.Arch concentration in Sustainable Design and through serving as a Kern Research Fellow at Judson University, Joseph feels his responsibility as an architect to meet the needs of people in the present and in the long-term through sustainable means. With an undergraduate background in biblical studies, Joseph brings a deeply-held regard for history, cultural values, and social needs to his practice.

Tim Kirkby, AIA, AICP, LEED AP
Senior Associate
Tim joined Farr Associates in 2009 as a member of the architecture studio. A registered architect of Illinois and New York, Tim has used his sustainable expertise in the areas of architecture, urban design and historic preservation. He holds LEED accreditation in two areas, including LEED for Neighborhood Development.

Matt McGrane, AIA, LEED AP
Senior Associate
Matt McGrane is a Senior Associate with Farr Associates. As an architect, he has designed and successfully implemented highly-sustainable projects at multiple scales including master planning, build-to-suit architecture, and interiors. As a sustainability consultant, he has worked as a certified reviewer for the USGBC and Chicago Green Homes Programs and has coordinated numerous LEED project certification pursuits. Passionate about socially-equitable design, Matt is interested in the confluence of performance and affordability.

Kelly Moynihan, AIA
Kelly joined the Farr Associates Architecture Studio in 2012. Her work focuses on large-scale sustainable master planning. Beyond urban design, Kelly’s experience includes residential and hospitality architecture, interiors, lighting design. She also excels at graphic design. Kelly holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture.

Gabe Wilcox, AIA, LEED AP
Senior Associate
Gabe joined the Farr Associates Architecture Studio in 2015. Gabe brings experience in design leadership roles as well as a hands on design approach to project delivery. Gabe’s employment background is diverse with experience in construction, civil engineering, and architecture. With over ten years of experience in sustainable design, he finds the integrated design process at the core of high performance buildings.

Sydney VanKuren
Sustainable Urbanism Program Coordinator
Sydney VanKuren joined Farr Associates in 2015. She focuses on sustainable urbanism projects including managing the production of the second edition of Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature. Sydney has professional experience in biology, research analysis, science communication, and environmental planning and policy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources as well as a master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy.

Farr Associates in the News

Our projects featured in local and national publications

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Yannell Zero Energy Residence
Elle Decor


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Wired Magazine


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Chicago Tribune


Powerhouse High School
Architect Magazine


Uptown Normal
Better Cities & Towns


Colony Park
Austin Chronicle