Donald Reilly Semple

Associate Principal | AIA

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Don joined the firm upon graduating from the College of Architecture, at Kansas State University, in 2006. As part of his education, he spent time studying abroad in Finland, taking in the works of great Scandinavian Architects like Aalto, Saarinen, Asplund, and Lewerentz. Along with his background in construction, woodworking and sculpture, Scandinavia left in indelible mark on Don; bringing to the fore an insatiable curiosity in the human relationship to light, form, environment, detail, and materiality.

Throughout his years with the office, Don has been fortunate to contribute to a wide variety of projects at all phases of development. A few of the notable projects he's worked on include the Spertus Institute, 1100 First Street, 1730 Pennsylvania Avenue, Chicago Children's Museum at Grant Park, Eisenhower Memorial competition, and the GSA Federal Office Building in Florida. Currently Don is working on projects for the Department of State, and our renovation of Franklin Center Lobby.

Don teaches online classes for blackspectacles.com, and co–teaches with Mark Sexton at Northwestern University. He's an active volunteer in his local community of Logan Square, leading the design efforts to rebuild the square toward a more pedestrian and bike–friendly urban hub.

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