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Ely Speakers Bureau

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Richard A. Wilson

City Design Director, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Work Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture 30 W Monroe St, 4th Floor Chicago IL 60603 Phone: (312) 758-4998 Website: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Website: AS+GG City Design Practice


Richard Wilson is an architect and city planner who leads the City Design Practice of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture in Chicago. Richard has 30 years of experience working with public and private sector clients to master plan, design, construct and operate large scale urban districts and neighborhood redevelopments in historic and emergent cities worldwide.

In Chicago, Richard served as the planning and urban design principal for the Chicago Central Area Action Plan, Chicago Riverwalk Main Branch Framework, Chicago Industrial Corridor Modernization North Branch Framework, and the design of Pullman National Monument. He has worked with Chicago residents and suburban communities to prepare more than a dozen transit-oriented development plans. Richard frequently marshals the Chicago design community to provide pro bono planning and urban design services for under-invested communities and neighborhoods throughout the Chicago region.

In the United States, Richard has led large scale city planning and urban design for major city comprehensive plans, waterfront and railway corridor redevelopment plans and infill development.

Internationally, Richard has led master planning and urban design for Expo 2020 Dubai, the establishment of new capital districts in Saudi Arabia and Jamaica, expansion of the Beijing Central Business District and redevelopment planning for Roman-era seaports in Istanbul.

Richard is the 2020-2022 President of the Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha International. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Friends of the Chicago River, the Regional Advisory Council of the National Parks Conservation Association, and the Regional and Urban Design Knowledge Community of AIA Chicago.


Lectures and Presentations

2019 Walter Netsch Lecture, Parks in Chicago’s New Neighborhoods

2019 National Parks Conservation Association, Positioning Pullman 2.0

2019 Friends of the Parks Symposium, Public Parks and Mega Developments

2019 Chicago Central Area Committee, Expo 2020 Dubai

2019 The Fortnightly of Chicago, Chicago River

2019 Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings Symposium, Keynote Address

2018 Apple Sketch Walk, Chicago River

2018 Chicago Central Area Committee Sprint, South Branch Chicago River

2018 Korea Real Estate Research Institute, City Design

2018 Mayor’s Institute on City Design Anchorage

2018 BuiltWorlds, Urban Tech and Planning

2018 Friends of the Parks Symposium, North Branch Park Preserve

2017 Harvard university, Planning Downtown Chicago

2017 Cityscape Dubai, District 2020

2015 City Managers Design Academy Dallas

2014 Mayor’s Institute on City Design Charleston

2011 Harvard University, Planning Downtown Chicago

2011 Virginia Tech, SOM City Design Practice

2010 Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago Riverwalk

2010 Great Lakes Days, Washington, D.C., Great Lakes Vision

2010 Design Futures Council, Great Lakes Vision

2009 Friends of the Parks, Chicago Lakeside Development

2009 US/Canadian International Joint Commission, Great Lakes Vision

2009 Upper Midwest Planning Conference, Burnham Memorial Competition

2008 World Congress of Architecture, Turin, Italy, Design of Cities

2008 American Planning Association, Metro Division, Chicago Central Area Action Plan

2008 Friends of Downtown, Chicago Central Area Action Plan

2007 University of Illinois, Chicago, Principles of City Planning

2006 American Planning Association National Conference, Redeveloping Buffalo’s Waterfront

2006 Rail~Volution, Transit-Oriented Communities


Awards and Citations

2019 AIA Chicago Urban Design Honor Award, Expo 2020 Dubai

2018 Athenaeum Award, Wuhan Bridgehead District

2017 Good Green Award, Golden Horn Shipyard

2017 ASLA National Honor Award in Analysis and Planning, Positioning Pullman

2016 MPC Burnham Award for Master Planning, Positioning Pullman

2016 AIA Illinois Daniel Burnham Award for Master Planning, Positioning Pullman

2016 AIA Chicago Regional and Urban Design Award, Positioning Pullman

2016 ASLA Illinois Honor Award Analysis and Planning, Positioning Pullman

2016 APA Illinois Strategic Planning Award, Positioning Pullman

2016 John Baird Award for Stewardship in Historic Preservation, Positioning Pullman

2015 Solon S. Beman Award, Historic Pullman Foundation, Positioning Pullman

2014 Design Excellence Awards, Skies of Ejabah

2011 AIA National Regional and Urban Design Award, Beijing CBD

2011 Chicago Athenaeum Green Good Design Award, Beijing CBD

2011 AIA Chicago Regional and Urban Design Honor Award, Great Lakes Vision

2010 AIA Illinois Daniel Burnham Merit Award, Beijing CBD

2010 LEAF Awards, Master Planning & Landscape Finalist, Beijing CBD

2010 Friends of the Chicago River Green Ribbon Award, Chicago Riverwalk

2009 AIA National Regional and Urban Design Award, Chicago Lakeside

2009 AIA Chicago Regional and Urban Design Honor Award, Chicago Riverwalk

2009 AIA Chicago President’s Citation, Burnham Memorial Competition

2009 AIA Boston Citation for Excellence in Urban Design, Chicago Lakeside

2009 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award, Chicago Lakeside

2004 Illinois Institute of Technology, City Planning


Select Projects


Capital City Master Plan, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Holy City Master Plan, Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Jamaica National Parliament District, Kingston, Jamaica


Positioning Pullman 2.0, Chicago, Illinois

Convention & Sports City, Xiamen, China

University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Redondo Beach Oceanfront Redevelopment, Redondo Beach, California


Pullman National Monument Visitor Center, Chicago, Illinois

Beaubien Woods & Little Calumet River Strategic Plan, Chicago, Illinois

North Branch Park & Nature Preserve, Chicago, Illinois


Expo 2020 Dubai, Dubai UAE

North Branch Industrial Corridor Framework, Chicago, Illinois

Seun District Master Plan, Seoul, Korea

Shougang District, Beijing, China

400 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois


Bridgehead District, Wuhan China

Baishizhou LVGEM, Shenzhen, China

Pacific Park, Brooklyn, New York


Positioning Pullman, Chicago, Illinois

Golden Horn Shipyard, Istanbul, Turkey

Expo 2017 Astana, Astana, Kazakhstan


Transit-Oriented Development Plan, New Carrolton, Maryland

Gallaudet University, Washington, DC

Washington 2024 US Olympic Bid, Washington DC

Skies of Ejabah, Makkah, Saudi Arabia


United Nations Master Plan, New York, New York

KA-CARE Stage Three, Saudi Arabia


Downtown Dubai/Business Bay Vision, Dubai, UAE

Chicago Expressrail, Chicago, Illinois


KA-CARE Stage Two, Saudi Arabia

Wave Master Plan, Noida, India


KA-CARE Stage One, Saudi Arabia

Mataf Capacity of the Holy Mosque, Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Jaypee City, National Capital Region, India

Government Colony, Mumbai, India

ADNEC Arena, Abu Dhabi


Beijing CBD East Expansion, Beijing, China

Kingdom Tower, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Chicago Riverwalk Plan, Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Lakeside Development, Chicago, Illinois

Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid, Chicago, Illinois

Great Lakes Vision, North America


Tianjin Binhai New Area CBD, Tanggu, China

Downtown Capital District Plan, Trenton, New Jersey

Northeast Smart Growth Plan, El Paso, Texas

North Milwaukee Avenue Corridor Plan, Chicago, Illinois

Bridge Design Guidelines, Kane County, Illinois


Chicago Central Area Action Plan, Chicago, Illinois

Winona Comprehensive Plan, Winona, Minnesota

Central Lake View Strategic Plan, Chicago, Illinois

Transit-Oriented Development Plan, Midlothian, Illinois


Transit-Oriented Development Plan, Riverside, Illinois

Zoning Ordinance, Riverside, Illinois

Comprehensive Plan, Lake Barrington, Illinois

65th Street Corridor Plan, Bedford Park, Illinois


Millennium Park Economic Analysis, Chicago, Illinois

Comprehensive Plan, Libertyville, Illinois

Zoning Ordinance, Homewood, Illinois

Metropolitan Square, Des Plaines, Illinois


Woodfield Regional Center Architectural Guidelines, Schaumburg, Illinois

Blues District Plan and Development Guidelines, Chicago, Illinois

LISC New Communities Program, Chicago, Illinois

East Garfield Park Neighborhood Plan, Chicago, Illinois

Humboldt Park Neighborhood Plan, Chicago, Illinois

Little Village Neighborhood Plan, Chicago, Illinois

“Weed and Seed” Neighborhood Plan, South Bend, Indiana

Riverbend Vision and Guidelines, Beloit, Wisconsin

Disaster Recovery Planning, Jackson, Tennessee


Washington Park Neighborhood Plan, Chicago, Illinois

Third Ward Redevelopment Plan, Chicago, Illinois

Transit-Oriented Development Plan, Tinley Park, Illinois

183rd Street Corridor Plan, Cook County, Illinois

Second Ward Restoration Plan, Clairton, Pennsylvania

Monticello Park, Chicago Park District, Chicago, Illinois


Downtown Strategic Plan, Urbana, Illinois

Elston Avenue Corridor Plan, Chicago, Illinois

Maple Avenue Redevelopment Plan, Beloit, Wisconsin

HOPE VI Application, Hamtramck, Michigan

Zabrocki Plaza, Tinley Park, Illinois


North End Strategic Plan, Michigan City, Indiana

Southside Commercial Corridor Plan, Mundelein, Illinois

Transit-Oriented Development Plan, Riverdale, Illinois

Grand Haven Restoration Plan, Hamtramck, Michigan

Heritage Overlay District and Guidelines, Wheaton, Illinois

Riverfront Planning, US Army Corp of Engineers, East St. Louis, Illinois


Downtown Plan, Highland Park, Illinois

Retail Design Guidelines, Chicago, Illinois

Disaster Recovery Planning, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Disaster Recovery Planning, Midwest City, Oklahoma

Disaster Recovery Planning, Haysville, Kansas

Disaster Recovery Planning, Little Rock, Arkansas


Executive Director, Arkadelphia Disaster Recovery Commission, State of Arkansas

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