Jon Heinert

Jon joined Wheeler Kearns in 1999 and became a principal in 2006. He has worked on numerous real estate development projects emphasizing solutions that focus on public or shared community spaces. Recent projects include a pair of mixed use, transit oriented development (TOD) high rise structures within Chicago along the CTA blue line and Milwaukee Avenue. The first project at Ashland and Division anchors an existing public plaza, and with its 97’ tall art wall, reinvigorates Division Street as a newly defined cultural corridor. The second project, just a few stops away at California, creates its own public plaza by book ending a large site with two towers. The narrow plaza left between is an extension of the sidewalk and is activated by retail tenant cafe seating and oversized natural elements including climbing boulders, a gabion wall and timber benches.

Current projects include a townhome development in the Wicker Park neighborhood that maximizes outdoor space by covering the parking and drive aisle with garden terraces. Other award-winning projects Jon has directed include Southwest Women Working Together, a non-profit organization serving the West Englewood community on the Southwest side of Chicago and the Orchard Willow residence.

Jon received a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia and was awarded the Design Excellence Award and AIA Certificate of Merit upon graduation. His academic career was marked by winning multiple student design competitions, including the ACSA wood competition. During graduate studies, Jon worked for the University Architect for the University of Virginia in the lower concourse of Thomas Jefferson’s Rotunda. Jon’s primary role was initiating programming and masterplan studies for the expansion of the Arts Campus on Carr’s Hill. After Graduation, Jon remained briefly in Charlottesville and worked for William Sherman and Associates.

Jon has served numerous times as visiting juror at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Illinois Institute of Technology. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Cliff Dwellers Club and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Jon is a registered Architect in Illinois and a member of the American Institute of Architects. He is also a Registered Energy Professional and Self-Certified Architect with the City of Chicago.

Jon resides in the Pilsen neighborhood on the near south side of Chicago with his wife and one-year old son.

Education
1998                    . MArch, University of Virginia
1994 BSAS, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
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Professional Experience
2006-present Wheeler Kearns Architects, Chicago, Principal
1999-present Wheeler Kearns Architects, Chicago, Project Architect
1998-1999 William Sherman & Associates, Charlottesville, Project Architect
1997-1998 Office of the Architect for the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Intern Architect
1994-1996 Hammel Green & Abrahamson, Milwaukee, Intern Architect
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Professional Registration
Illinois
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Professional Affiliations
2007-present American Institute of Architects
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Individual Honors
1998 AIA Certificate of Merit, University of Virginia
1998 Design Excellence Award, University of Virginia
1998 ACSA Wood Competition, Third Place
1996 VSAIA Prize, Second Place