Noah Luken

Noah joined Wheeler Kearns Architects in January of 2013.  He has been a licensed architect since 2009 and a LEED accredited professional since 2006.  He has extensive experience in a wide variety of project types, including large-scale educational projects, historically sensitive adaptive reuse projects, and interior renovations for commercial and institutional clients.  His most recent projects include the renovat-ion of the Conaway Center for Columbia College Chicago, the Flaxman Library renovation for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an adaptive reuse of a lumberyard site and buildings for a new charter school on the west side of Chicago.

Prior to joining WKA, Noah was the project architect on an award-winning LEED Gold renovation of a six-story office building in downtown Chicago for the General Services Administration.

While growing up in Chicago and in college at Columbia University, Noah has been fascinated by the complexity and richness of urban conditions.  He studied philosophy as an undergraduate, but his interest in buildings, infrastructure, and technology led him to architecture, which he studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  His thesis, “Playing on the Tracks” proposed a multi-modal rail station that used computation to render and memorialize the daily performances of the city (trains, commuters, tourists,  students, and traffic).  His interest in computation has led him to develop custom software applications for architectural graphic installations.

Noah and his wife Anne, an interior and industrial designer at Gensler, live in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood with their two children and dog Sophie. Both Noah and his wife are active in the volunteer community in Chicago, participating in such events as Diffa, Dining by Design, and Rebuilding Together Chicago.

Education
2003                      . MArch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1997 BA Philosophy, Columbia College
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Professional Experience
2013-present Wheeler Kearns Architects, Chicago, Project Architect
2009-2013 4240 Architecture, Chicago, Associate, Project Architect
2007-2009 Gensler, Chicago, Project Architect
2005-2007 Gund Partnership, Cambridge, Intern Architect
2003-2005 4240 Architecture, Chicago, Intern Architect
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Professional Registration
Illinois
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Professional Affiliations
2006-present American Institute of Architects, Member
2006-present US Green Building Council, Member, LEED AP
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Individual Honors
2008 Border Patrol Station, Citation of Merit, AIA Chicago
2006 “Architecture and the Mail” competition, Finalist
1999 M.I.T. Presidential Fellowship, Recipient, MIT