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-Alexander Gorlin- Architect

Alexander Gorlin, FAIA, opened his practice in 1987 after winning the Rome Prize in Architecture. Gorlin subsequently taught at the Cooper Union and the Yale School of Architecture. His firm won four American Institute of Architects Design Excellence Awards and an Honor Award from the Interfaith Forum on Religious Art and Architecture. The Cooper Union presented Mr. Gorlin with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998. Alexander Gorlin Architects does a wide range of work across the United States, from residential design and urban planning to schools, religious architecture, affordable housing and housing for the homeless.Architectural Digest named Alexander Gorlin one of the 30 American Deans of Design in 2005 and one of the top 100 Architects (AD 100) in the United States for three years consecutively. His designs for the World Trade Center site and memorial were published in The New York Times and exhibited at the Venice Architectural Bienalle. Projects have been featured in Architectural Record, Interior Design and books such as Taschen’s Architecture Now 3 and American Synagogues: A Century of Architecture and Jewish Community. Gorlin is the subject of an architectural monograph, Alexander Gorlin: Buildings and Projects, with essays by Vincent Scully and Paul Goldberger. He is the author of The New American Town House and Creating the New American Town House (Rizzoli International 1999, 2005). Essays on architecture, art and film have appeared in The New York Times, Architectural Record, and Oculus. His forthcoming book will explore relationships between the Kabala and modern architecture.  www.gorlinarchitects.com

-Michael Moran- Photographer

Michael Moran studied art, biology and architecture, and is self-taught in photography. He has been working as a freelance photographer since 1985, and his work has been published extensively in the US and world press, including Architectural Record, Interior Design, Architectural Digest, Domus, Abitare and A+U. His most recent book is Glass House (The Monacelli Press, New York, 2007), a re-publication of a private edition from 1998, and he was commissioned last year to photograph Spain and Portugal for an exhibition at the Collegi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya in Barcelona. He is currently working on a book about the churches of Ibiza and Formentera with the architect Elías Torres, and on a monograph on the work of Rafael Moneo. www.moranstudio.com

-Robert N. Pollack- Visionary

Robert N. Pollack conceptualized and envisioned a box within a box by using a floating bedroom, as the box “Within”, suspended only by 2 pieces of structural steel, and a soundproof box surrounding the inner box with materials impervious to sound, ensuring perfect hall-like acoustics, and unobtrusive decibel levels. The location is Chicago, but it feels like Northampton or the Florida Intercostals, with generous layers of glass emitting sunlight by day and moonlight by night. The notion was to create an environment beyond your every day home. A “Minimalist Domain”, commanding peace and solitude the moment one enters the space, removing the rigors of every day stress. Mr. Pollack has a background in property taxation, music and the performing arts.

-DNA General Contracting- Builder

D.N.A. General Contracting DNA General Contracting specializes in high-end custom homes and renovations in the city of Chicago and the greater metropolitan area. With clients ranging from bachelors, local celebrities and power executives such as Jerry Reinsdorf, DNA generally takes on 1-2 homes a year. Among some of DNA’s most recent undertakings are projects in Chicago’s famed Water Tower Place, historic Astor Street and legendary Winnetka. www.franklinreport.com under Chicago Contractors or www.dnagc.com