Jon Heinert

Jon joined Wheeler Kearns in 1999 and became a principal in 2006. He has served as Project Architect for a number of award winning projects including Southwest Women Working Together, a non-profit organization serving the West Englewood community on the Southwest side of Chicago and the Orchard Willow residence.  He has recently completed a 125,000sf, 11 story mixed use Transit Oriented Development (T.O.D.) in the Wicker Park/ Ukrainian Village Neighborhood of Chicago. Because of the immediate proximity to the Division Street Blue Line stop, the project was developed as the first T.O.D in the city of Chicago. This environmental strategy eliminates all parking for the 99 apartment units the building houses, marketing the project specifically to mass transit goers, bicyclists and pedestrians. The strategy serves to increase neighborhood density and revenue without an increase to traffic congestion.

Currently, he is working on another 210,000 square foot mixed use T.O.D. in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.  The project would bring 255 new mixed income housing units to the neighborhood within 175 of the California Blue line, allowing for a 70% reduction vehicle parking.  The project also includes a landscaped public promenade along Milwaukee Avenue. Jon is also working on a masterplan and phase 1 construction plan for a church campus in Arlington Heights.

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 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. Design and construction of his own house began in 2002 and has continued to be a hands-on learning experiment and proving ground for design details, construction assemblies and techniques.  His wife, Sheetal, is a singer who performs and records professionally.

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