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Rehabilitation & Revival: KOO Design Leads Chicago’s Public Housing Architectural Renaissance

Built by the Chicago Department of Housing and Urban Development in the mid-forties for Black soldiers returning home from service in World War II, Altgeld Gardens is known for being one of the first public housing developments in the United States. It’s also...

Chicago to Receive an E-Sports Arena, and Other News

Chicago unveils plans for a funhouse-like e-sports arena on the city’s Near South Side.  In a sign of the perpetually growing popularity of gaming, Chicago has unveiled designs for a $30 million,106,000-square-foot professional e-sports arena called Surge. Designed by...

Column: 10 ways architecture may change Chicago in 2021, the Year of the Question Mark

Writing an architecture and urban design preview for 2021 is an exercise in guesswork. With vaccine distribution in its initial stages and city centers still largely shut down, firm opening dates are hard to come by. Call it the Year of the Question Mark. Downtowns...

Column: Chicagoans of the Year in architecture: The team that helped revive old Cook County Hospital

The rebirth of old Cook County Hospital, which once had a near-death experience, would have been worth celebrating in any year. But it took on special meaning in 2020, as doctors, nurses and other health care workers battled the deadly coronavirus. Beautifully remade...
Finalist – New Performing Arts Center at UIC

Finalist – New Performing Arts Center at UIC

KOO is part of one of the three architectural teams which have been chosen to create a pre-design for the last leg of the UIC new performing arts center competition. The three teams hold world-wide reputations for their award-winning design work, thoughtful approaches...

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Old Cook County Hospital Transformation – WGN News

Old Cook County Hospital Transformation – WGN News

The old hospital will be home to two new hotels, medical offices, retail spaces and a small museum dedicated to the history of this building and its influence on healthcare.  The eastern two-thirds of the building will be converted to connected Hyatt House and Hyatt...

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4 Interior Design Lessons from Hospitality

4 Interior Design Lessons from Hospitality

"Embracing hospitality, the art and science of making guests feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed, is mandatory in the restaurant and hotel industries. Establishments that can’t broadcast hospitality with passion and grace don’t survive. Yet...

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Chicago Artisan: Jackie Koo

Chicago Artisan: Jackie Koo

"She is thoughtful and interested in understanding what her clients need, where they come from and what their objectives are, and then she applies her craft and her art in just a wonderful way.” KOO's Founding Principal, Jackie Koo, was interviewed by Chicago Life's...

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The B&D Interview: Jackie Koo

The B&D Interview: Jackie Koo

Sustainability is so critical in every project that it drives design, so we are always looking for new materials that we can use in interesting and consequential ways. - Jackie Koo Jackie Koo, KOO LLC's founding Principal, was interviewed by Builder and Developer...

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Navy Pier Hotel Press

Navy Pier Hotel Press

"A perfect fusing of proficiencies, the upcoming boutique hotel at Chicago's Navy Pier is a deed, which has multiple contributors, ensuring the property stands proud and unique at the edge of the city" Soumya Jain's article in LuxuryFacts, on July 20th, 2018, gives an...

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Navy Pier Groundbreaking

Navy Pier Groundbreaking

From left to right: William Brodsky, Marilynn Gardner, Robert Rivkin, Robert Habeeb, Greg Wilson, Dave Alexander, Louis Dodd, Kelly Powers Baria, Mark Spears, and Jackie Koo KOO LLC, the architect, and interior designer, for the Navy Pier Hotel and Rooftop Bar, was...

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Interview: Jackie Koo

Interview: Jackie Koo

Our Founding Principal, Jackie Koo, was interviewed by Tastytrade, a financial radio and podcast network on June 21st, 2018.  KOO is a Chicago-based full-service architecture, interior design & planning firm, founded by Jackie Koo in 2005. She is the first female...

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KOO Interiors – Cook County Hospital Redevelopment

KOO Interiors – Cook County Hospital Redevelopment

Work to convert the long-vacant Cook County Hospital building into two Hyatt hotels, medical offices and retail space is expected to start soon, after the project secured about $135 million in financing. The eastern two-thirds of the building will be converted to...

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2018 CBC Merit Award Winner

2018 CBC Merit Award Winner

KOO received the 2018 Chicago Building Congress Merit Award (New Construction $15-$55) for our work on Hotel EMC2.  The Chicago Building Congress is the cornerstone of greater Chicagoland's dynamic building industry, for it unites diverse members of the city's...

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Construction on planned Navy Pier hotel to start next month

Construction on planned Navy Pier hotel to start next month

"One of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions is expected to get a new seven-story hotel. The Chicago Tribune reports developers have unveiled plans for a $100 million 222-room hotel that's part of Hilton's Curio Collection. It will feature views of the lake and...

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Hotel EMC2 Supports Youth in STEM Education

Hotel EMC2 Supports Youth in STEM Education

"'Curiosity, combined with the ability to be creative and inventive, is the human trait, which lies at the heart of the Hotel EMC2’s brand identity. When a human being can be creative and invent, it can transform their view on life and ennoble the spirit,' said Scott...

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