Michael F. Kaufman


Michael Kaufman serves as a managing partner on projects, leading and coordinating large design teams. Since joining the firm in 1979, he has worked on a wide range of projects, from corporate and commercial office buildings to hotels, academic and institutional facilities, and renovation and repositioning assignments.

Recent work includes Northwestern University’s new signature building for the Bienen School of Music in Evanston, Illinois; the underground exhibit facility and home for the U-505 Submarine at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry; the Lincoln Park Zoo Regenstein Center for African Apes in Chicago; the JW Marriott hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Grand Hyatt luxury hotels in Brazil, Colombia and India; and the adaptive reuse of the lower levels of Mies van der Rohe’s IBM Building as the five-star Langham Chicago hotel. Select corporate headquarters projects serve clients such as McDonald’s, Frito-Lay and IBM. Mr. Kaufman further leads the firm’s renovation and repositioning work, which includes more than 40 projects spanning early and mid-20th century buildings throughout downtown Chicago and other select locations in the Midwest and overseas.

Mr. Kaufman received a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a member of the AIA, a registered LEED Accredited Professional, and a member of the board of directors at the University Club of Chicago. He is also a past board member of the Design Professional Risk Control Group and the Glessner House Museum.