Dan Wheeler, FAIA, is a founding principal of Wheeler Kearns Architects, Chicago and is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He works and practices to educate his colleagues, clients, and students of what architecture can bring to elevate experience, and the responsibilities that come with this ever optimistic endeavor.
Dan received his education at the Rhode Island School of Design, including two years study in Rome. Prior to establishing his own practice, he was an Associate and Studio head at Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Chicago (1981-87). Dan is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Traveling Fellowship in 1980, the CCAIA Young Architect Award (1985), AIA Fellowship (for Design, 1998) and the Chicago Tribune’s “Chicagoan of the Year” in Architecture (2008). He has served as Interim Director for both the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the UIC School of Architecture, and has been a consulting architect/educator to the Rural Studio since 2002. He lectures regularly and frequently sits on professional and academic juries.
His prolific work and influence within the firm spans the gamut of project type; public institutions, non-profit organizations, and private commissions. He draws to see, to test, to explain, and to build well places of authenticity.
Dan is a registered architect in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan and North Dakota.