Thomas Norman Rajkovich
Recognized as a preeminent classical architect and urban designer, Thomas Rajkovich leads a practice on Chicago’s North Shore. Under his direction, the office has designed projects for clients across the United States, from a proposal for an urban park for the performing arts in Beverly Hills, California, to a Memorial Hall in northern Minnesota honoring former governor Rudy Perpich, to a 260-acre gentleman’s farm in Middleburg, Virginia, to a series of terraced Italian gardens for a historic residence in Providence, Rhode Island.
The office is currently designing its second building at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake - Mundelein Seminary for the Archdiocese of Chicago, as well as institutional and residential projects in Lansing, Michigan and Lake Forest, Illinois.
He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1983 as the Henry Adams scholar and subsequently returned to study in the Eternal City as an Affiliated Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. In partnership with David T. Mayernik, he won the international competition for the Completion of the Capitol Grounds in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1986 and was selected for an Arthur Ross Award in Architecture from Classical America in 1987. He was named to his generation's Forty Under Forty recognition by a jury chaired by Robert A. M. Stern in 1995, and has been the recipient of multiple Acanthus Awards from the Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.
Mr. Rajkovich has served numerous times as a visiting professor for the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, in Rome, Italy and South Bend, Indiana, beginning in 1989. He was instrumental in restructuring the Notre Dame curriculum to its present classical orientation. He has also taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as the ICAA Christopher H. Browne Rome Drawing Tour in 2017. He has served as a guest critic at Yale University, the Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Maryland, Judson University, and the Illinois Institute of Technology, and is a member of the ICAA Chicago-Midwest Education Committee.
He is featured as one of the authors in a new anthology of essays by the world's leading classical architects and urbanists, including Leon Krier, Demetri Porphyrios, Robert A. M. Stern and Robert Adam, titled The Intellectual Life of the Architect, published by Papadakis and released in October of this year.