SmithGroup adds Tony LoBello as Learning Studio Leader at Chicago office

SmithGroup, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering and planning firms, has hired Tony LoBello, AIA, LEED AP, as Learning Studio Leader at its Chicago office. He joins SmithGroup from Gensler, Chicago, where he was education leader.

In his new role at SmithGroup, LoBello is focusing on continued development of the office’s higher education portfolio, leveraging his experience in delivering quality educational spaces along with his commitment to partnering with clients, consultants, builders and institutions.

LoBello has over 20 years of experience as an architect and business development strategist. A veteran project manager, he teams with both local and national clients to facilitate the design process, stakeholder engagement, consensus-building, cost management and execution of complex design efforts. Past clients include the University of Chicago, Southern Illinois University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“Tony LoBello has the uncanny ability to transform a casual meeting into a long-lasting relationship,” said Tim Tracey, AIA, Chicago office director for SmithGroup. “His extensive experience with higher education projects is a perfect fit with SmithGroup’s vision of creating exciting facilities in which students can learn and grow,” Tracey said.

LoBello received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and is a registered architect in Illinois. An active contributor and leader in the Chicago design community, LoBello is a part-time professor of architecture at The Illinois Institute of Technology and Sponsorship Chair for The Society of College and University Planners North Central Region. He is an executive board member of the American Institute of Architects Chicago and will serve as president in 2015.  

SmithGroup’s Chicago office is a leader in higher education facility design, having just completed the $95 million Electrical and Computer Engineering Building at the University of Illinois’ Champaign-Urbana campus. Additionally, the office is working on the new $100 million instructional science facility at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, slated for completion in 2017; and the new $73 million Education Building at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, also due to be completed in 2017.

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