Josh Mings

Josh Mings

Chicago, IL, US

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Josh is committed to providing dignified architecture for everyone through housing, championing the advancement of equity in the profession through knowledge sharing and mentoring, and providing thought leadership in the AIA Chicago chapter and beyond.

Josh brings 13 years of experience with residential and community-based projects to the table and his experience in all phases of projects allows teams to create the best possible projects through teamwork, critical engagement, and consensus-building. Josh and Aggregate’s goal is to positively impact cities, housing, and residents with dignified design, previously winning several local, state, and national awards. Josh’s projects have spanned the Chicagoland area and projects in Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New York, and other states.

Josh gives back to the community and profession, serving on AIA Chicago’s Board of Directors, on the AIA Chicago / City of Chicago Department of Buildings Working Group, and as co-chair of AIA Chicago’s Design Knowledge community focusing on design excellence in the neighborhoods. He is heavily involved in mentoring the next generation of architects by serving on design juries, mentoring, and leading the national AIA NEXUS mentorship program. Additionally, Josh is active in the community serving on Landmarks Illinois’ Skyline Council and Tulane School of Architecture’s Alumni Council.



Aggregate Studio, Chicago, IL, US, Founder and Principal

Established in 2023 by Josh Mings, AIA, Aggregate Studio focuses on projects of many different varieties and scales, specializing in affordable and multi-family residential, and community-based design. Our design process is reflected in our name, Aggregate: forming cohesive projects and designs by combining and linking many disparate, separate, and often contradictory, elements, embracing the messiness of the design process to create innovative and effective projects.

This process, and Josh’s experience on many government-funded and other projects with many stakeholders, allows Aggregate to create the best possible projects through teamwork, critical engagement, and consensus building. We strive to positively impact cities, housing, and residents through dignified architecture for all.

Aggregate: Design by combining many disparate and separate elements, creating innovative and effective projects.

May 2023 - current

Canopy / Architecture + Design, Chicago, Senior Associate

Apr 2022 - Apr 2023

Moody Nolan, Chicago, Project Architect

Project Architect focusing on affordable housing and civic projects across the country.

Mar 2021 - Jan 2022

Antunovich Associates, Chicago, Senior Associate

Project Manager/Project Architect focusing on student housing projects around the country. Currently working on a 176 unit, 7 story new construction student housing development in Lexington, KY and a 154 unit, 481-bed, 214,000sf new construction student housing development outside of Buffalo, NY.
Co-chair of internal Sustainability / 2030 Commitment Committee.
Recently Completed: HUB at Lexington, 154 unit, 492 bed student housing development in Lexington, KY

Jun 2018 - Feb 2021

MKB Architects, Chicago, Project Manager

Apr 2018 - May 2018

Landon Bone Baker Architects, Chicago, IL, US, Project Architect

Responsibilities include: Leading junior staff in production and construction
administration, coordination with clients, consultants, and contractors, conceptual design, creating specifications and construction documents, review of RFIs and submittals, review of pay applications and change orders, material and product selections, code and accessibility analysis, programming, Planned Use Development documentation, coordination of permit submissions including meetings with city officials as necessary. Selected Projects include:

▪︎ Marshall Hotel SRO Renovation - 90 unit renovation of existing 173-unit SRO building in Chicago, IL, In Permit phase, Enterprise Green Communities
Role: Project Architect

▪︎ Spring Hill Senior Residences - 61 unit 79,000 SF affordable senior housing new construction in West Dundee, IL, In Permit phase, NGBS Gold
Role: Project Architect

▪︎ Phil B. Curls Manor - 54 unit 59,000 SF affordable senior housing new construction in Kansas City, MO, Completed March 2017, NGBS Bronze
Role: Project Architect

▪︎ McCrory Senior Apartments - 62 unit 62,000 SF affordable senior housing new construction in Chicago, IL, Under Construction, Energy Star MFHR
Role: Project Architect

▪︎ Casa Heritage Renovation - 7 building 143 unit moderate renovation of affordable housing in Melrose Park, IL. Completed September 2016
Role: Staff Architect/Project Manager

▪︎ The Burnham at Woodlawn Park - 65 unit 73,000 SF new affordable senior housing in Chicago, IL, Completed October 2015, LEED for Homes Gold
Role: Project Designer/Architect (SD through CA)

▪︎ Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative - 32 unit renovation with new Art Center in Chicago, IL, Completed November 2014, Enterprise Green Communities
Role - Staff Designer (CA)

Oct 2012 - Mar 2018

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, US, Teaching/Research Assistant

ATCS3100 Performance of Steel Frame Construction for Kentaro Tsubaki, RA
ATCS3200 Environmental Systems for Michael Crosby, RA
ATCS4100 Integrated Technological Systems I for Michael Crosby, RA

Aimed to positively impact students through help sessions and one-on-one tutorials, graded projects, exams, and quizzes, mentored students who needed additional help.

Aug 2009 - May 2012

Perez, APC, New Orleans, LA, US, Architectural Intern

Schematic Design, 3d Modeling, Design Development, Construction Documents, Code and Material Research for a 100,000 SF Regional Science and Technology Academy.
Construction Documents for a 20,000 SF tenant fit-out in geriatric healthcare facility.

Apr 2008 - Jan 2010

Global Design Studio, Indianapolis, IN, US, Student Designer

Conceptual design and presentation materials for projects in the cultural and mixed-use typologies.

Sep 2006 - Aug 2007


Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, US, MArch, Architecture

BArch + MArch Magna Cum Laude 2012 (3.62 GPA)
John William Lawrence Research Travel Fellowship to study Sverre Fehn’s work in Norway 2011
Central Europe (Vienna - Munich - Berlin) Study Abroad Program Summer 2010
Dean’s List: Fall 2007.2008.2009.2011; Spring 2008.2010.2012
Tau Sigma Delta, National Honor Fraternity for Architecture Inducted 2010

Foci in my education included urban studies/the urban condition, architectural history, and the nature of public space. Opportunities to study abroad in Austria and Germany, as well as a research fellowship to study Sverre Fehn's works in Norway have led me to a belief in the pluralistic condition of architecture and that a mixing of both pragmatic and poetic conditions is needed to create a complete architectural whole that disseminates meaning and create a dialogue with the architecture's surroundings.

Aug 2007 - May 2012

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indianapolis, IN, US, Architectural Technology

Transferred to Tulane in 2007 (3.85 GPA)
Dean’s List: Fall 2006, Spring 2007

Jan 2005 - May 2007


Precast Concrete Institute All-Precast Solution and Retirement/Assisted Living Awards, Award

For the Burnham at Woodlawn Park (with LBBA)


AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award Special Recognition, Award

For Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative (with LBBA)


AIA/HUD Secretary Award for Creating Community Connection, Award

For Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative (with LBBA)


CNDA Richard H. Driehaus Award for Architectural Excellence, 2nd Place

For Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative (with LBBA)


Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Project of the Year for Adaptive Reuse, Award

For Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative (with LBBA)


ULI Chicago Vision Award, Award

For Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative (with LBBA)


AIA New Orleans Members' Choice Award 2014, Award

For Patrick F Taylor Science and Technology Regional Academy (while at Perez, APC).


Selected for AIA Chicago Bridge 5.0 Mentoring and Leadership Program, Other


Outstanding Thesis Award, Award

Given by the Thesis faculty at Tulane University for superior achievement in thesis study. This included a Thesis Commendation and inclusion in the Provocations Ogden 8 Thesis exhibition from May 11th-14th, 2012.


Richard Koch Architectural Scholarship, Scholarship


John William Lawrence Travel Research Fellowship, Award

I studied the works of the Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn, specifically his setting of his work between the local and global and its implications on built form. Fehn, the 1997 recipient of the Pritzker Prize is one of the lesser knowns of Modern Architecture, perfecting his brand of Nordic poetic regional Modernism with the relative isolation that tends to be the norm in Norway. With this fellowship came a lecture given October 21st, 2011 and a book published in 2012.


Honorable Mention, Tulane School of Architecture Design Competition Fall 2010, Honorable Mention


Moise H. and Lois G. Goldstein Scholarship, Scholarship


Robert Canard Merit Scholarship, Scholarship


Best in Class ART222 – Commercial Construction: 2007 IUPUI Student Design Show, 1st Place


IUPUI Top 100 Students Nominee, Nomination


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