HDR Chicago Office Move Marks an Important Contribution to Local Design Community

The Chicago architecture studio's move today to the historic Inland Steel Building represents much more than a change of address. The Chicago landmark in the heart of the Loop is recognized for its groundbreaking design, representing exactly what HDR strives for in its own work: to be timeless yet innovative; forward-thinking yet practical.

Among the city's defining commercial high-rises of the post-World War II era of modern architecture, the nearly 60-year-old Inland Steel Building was the first skyscraper built in the Chicago Loop following the Great Depression. The 19-story office tower, with a column-free layout and all-glass exterior combined with a separate service core, follows Louis Sullivan's widely held principle of "form follows function." Clad in stainless steel, the building was designated as a Chicago Landmark in 1998, and it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009. 

For HDR's 20-year-old Chicago architecture studio, the Inland Steel Building represents much more than a piece of architectural history, however.

"Our new surroundings will inspire us and demonstrate the potential of great design. This fantastic workplace environment will hold us accountable to the highest standards of the profession," says Joe Cliggott, managing principal of HDR's 60-person Chicago architecture studio. "We have been here for 20 years, but in many ways we have finally arrived."

 Image of the Inland Steel Building courtesy of HDR Architecture, Inc.; © Tom Harris @ Hedrich Blessing