Position Announcement: Marketing Coordinator

MARKETING COORDINATOR About Farr Associates Farr Associates is an architecture, urban planning, and urban design firm located in Chicago, Illinois, dedicated to creating sustainable urban places. As a JUST-certified Benefits Corporation, we value the quality of life of our clients, our staff, and our fellow Chicagoans. To that end, we invest in the ongoing development […]

Powerhouse High School Named to AIA Illinois 200 Great Places List

AIA Illinois named Powerhouse High School as one of Illinois’ 200 Great Places, in honor of the state’s Bicentennial in 2018. When the LEED Platinum project opened in 2009, it demonstrated the case for combining both historic preservation and high-performance, sustainable building strategies. Projects were weighed against criteria including the AIA’s “10 Principles of Livable Communities.” […]

People Behind the Plans Podcast: Doug Farr

One of the best planning podcasts we hope you’re listening to is APA’s People Behind the Plans hosted by Courtney Kashima of Muse Community + Design. Her latest guest is Doug Farr, and this episode delves into Doug’s new book Sustainable Nation, planners’ role in the effort to decarbonize the economy, his hometown of Detroit, giving […]

EcoDistricts Member Profile Highlights Our Work for Neighborhoods

We had a great conversation with EcoDistricts as their featured firm for the February Member Profile feature. Read on for a discussion of how our work with LEED-ND led us to become involved with EcoDistricts. We also touch on variety of topics that are important to us right now– the need for “New Heath, Safety, […]

Doug Farr Named CNU Illinois 2017 Urban Advocate

Doug Farr will be honored by CNU Illinois with their Urban Advocate Award at their Holiday Party & Charter Awards this Thursday 12/7. The award recognizes those who have implemented or advocated projects, initiatives, or policy changes in Illinois that promote quality urbanism. Tickets are still available for this great party! http://bit.ly/2ARHSmz

Passive House in the Spotlight & New Passive House Alliance Chicago Leadership

On November 16th, Passive House Alliance Chicago and the Illinois Green Alliance hosted a half-day workshop focused on multifamily projects. Passive House is a rigorous building energy efficiency standard that focuses on development of buildings with high-performance envelopes and passive design features that require little energy for space heating or cooling. The speaker panel, which […]

Rolling Knolls Earns LEED Platinum Certification

A former private golf course transitions into a second life as a sustainable, public amenity.  Farr Associates worked with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County in Elgin, Illinois, to master plan the redevelopment of a former private golf course into a new Forest Preserve site called Rolling Knolls that includes new, publicly-accessible outdoor programming– […]

Make Your Tactical Event a Success!

This summer, Farr Associates worked with Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood testing ideas on how communities can kickstart economic development with tactical projects and pop-up events. Chicago’s 6th Ward Alderman Roderick Sawyer had a challenge: The middle-class families in his Chatham neighborhood weren’t frequenting neighborhood establishments, electing instead to shop and dine in Hyde Park or the […]

AIA 2030 Commitment Campaign

A major theme in Sustainable Nation is “campaigns” as agents for change. We are campaigning at AIA Chicago’s Designight tonight to increase the number of our peer architecture firms participating in AIA’s 2030 Commitment. Look for designers from the 42 firms currently committed to be sporting 2030 buttons. Want a button? Get your firm signed up!