John Sheehy

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Among his mementos, John possesses a cast-pewter scale model of the John Hancock Center, the iconic 1960s retail/office/residential tower that defined the Chicago skyline for decades. It also helped define John’s career: He was a member of the Hancock Center design team in ’65, and went on to design other urban landmarks like Copley Place in Boston. “Mixed-use high-rise projects are my favorite building types,” he says. “They’re a microcosm of the city itself, and are the future of high-density urbanism.” John can draw on ideas he’s gleaned from all over the world. In 1971, he won the Rotch Travelling Scholarship design competition. “It allowed me to travel and experience architecture in 22 countries throughout the world for a one-year period,” he explains. “So I’ve been to most parts of the world, but never to Australia. Some day, I want to see Utzon’s great Sydney Opera House, and the superb works of Harry Seidler, Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony.”