michael c barnes


a new option.


michael c barnes architect, pllc has established a business model to offer clients options toward planning buildings and interiors. Applying the extensive experience gained through his career, Michael Barnes can first work independently with clients to plan design ideas and approaches, and then either continue the project himself or work collaboratively with architectural, engineering, and specialty firms to provide the full range of architectural predesign, planning, design and construction documentation services. Alternatively, he will work in tandem with other firms as an architectural design associate.

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Michael C Barnes has worked for over 30 years on a diverse range of projects, through collaboration with talented and knowledgeable colleagues at other well known architecture firms.

His diverse experience includes multiple public libraries, cultural spaces, academic buildings, corporate offices, and residential projects of varied size.  He has been responsible for design of the acclaimed Dining Pavilion at Ravinia Festival including its recent refresh and expansion, the award-winning Chicago Sinai Temple, University of Chicago Gleacher Center, and Calamos Investments’ Headquarters.

He has established himself as a recognized expert in library design, having designed many award-winning public libraries, including those in Des Plaines, Elmhurst, Orland Park, and several branches for the Chicago Public Library, as well as renovations to the libraries in St. Charles and Evanston.

In addition to practicing architecture, he has taught architectural design at the collegiate level and has served many times as an adjunct reviewer at the University of Illinois, where he received his Master of Architecture degree. Michael is licensed as an architect in Illinois.