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Projects by Chicago Architects Lecture Series - Ralph Johnson presents Riverline

  • The Cliff Dwellers 200 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL, 60604 United States (map)

Cliff Dwellers, in co-sponsorship with the Friends of Downtown and the Chicago Chapter of the AIA, are pleased to present another in a series of lectures at the Cliff Dwellers on Projects by Chicago Architects: Ralph Johnson presents Riverline.   

A collaboration between CMK, Lend Lease, and Perkins + Will, Riverline is a modern riverfront community that blends the best elements of natural tranquility and urban vibrancy. Combining world-class architecture with a connection to the environment and surrounding community, Riverline will offer up a once in a lifetime opportunity to “discover your urban nature.” The thoughtfully designed master-planned community will cover most of the area bound by Harrison Street, the Chicago River, Roosevelt Road and Wells Street, and will provide more than 3,700 residences across 10 residential buildings. Luxurious living will meet ecologically-conscious in the mix of high-rise for-sale condominiums, rental apartments and fee simple townhomes. The Riverline community will also feature six acres of public, open space and a half mile of continuous waterfront promenade, including a wetland designed by award-winning landscape architects Hoerr Schaudt, that replaces the current seawall, and restores the South Bank of the Chicago River to its natural environment.  

Perkins+Will Global Design Director, Ralph Johnson, will present on behalf of the Riverline development team. Ralph’s career began with Perkins+Will in 1976, and he has since garnered more than 150 design awards, including 8 national Honor Awards and more than 50 regional Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects, as well as a Progressive Architecture Design Award. Ralph’s work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Paris Biennale, and the São Paulo Biennale. His work has been published in architectural journals around the world including Architectural Review, Architectural Record, A+U, Architect and Domus.  He has lectured at numerous universities and was a visiting critic at the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Board of Overseers at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, a member of the Committee on Architecture of the Art Institute of Chicago, and was honored in October 2015 as a newly elected member of the National Academy – one of the highest honors in American art and architecture.

Additional Info:  The door and bar open at 5:30. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:15 and the program will begin at 7:00. The price per person for dinner is $25 and the program that follows is free.

Reservations are required for dinner and requested for the program

They may be made by calling 312-922-8080 or by e-mail to and can be made up until the afternoon of the event. Payment for dinner and charges at the bar are by credit card or charge to a member’s House Account only.

Discount parking is available after 4PM at the garage located at 17 E. Adams – enter on Adams between Wabash and State.  Ask for a discount coupon at the check-in desk.