Edward Blumer

Edward Blumer

Chicago, IL, US




IDEO, Chicago, IL, US, contract work

Nov 2010 - current

Woodhouse Tinucci Architects, Chicago, IL, US, project architect

Working construction with his father at an early age permitted him to develop skills not only as an architect, but as an efficient artisan in many areas of our field—it is the awareness of taking an idea from his imagination and physically constructing it that allows him to design at a multitude of scales.

Ed received his B Arch from Arizona State University in 2004 and his M Arch degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 2007. He then joined John Ronan Architects in 2007 where he worked on several residential and institutional projects such as the award winning Gary Comer College Preparatory High School, the South Caicos Master Planning Development, and the Urban Model High Schools. He joined Woodhouse Tinucci in 2008 and worked on projects such as the UIC Daley Library Renovation, the UC Young Building renovation, and Rosewood Beach and since 2011, Ed has been the project architect on the Northwestern University Sailing Center.

In 2012, Ed’s entry in the City of Dreams Pavilion competition in New York was shortlisted among hundreds of other architects and displays his exploration into different disciplines and systems of exchange to generate design that solves problems.

Nov 2009 - current

John Ronan Architects, Chicago, IL, US, staff architect

The office of John Ronan Architects is comprised of dedicated design professionals committed to producing architecture of the highest quality, marked by conceptual innovation, investigation of materiality, and a strong attention to detail. Every project is approached as a unique challenge, and the work ranges in scale from the small (furniture and product design, galleries) to the very large and complex (large mixed-use institutional facilities). My persistence for perfection and high standards for quality production has lead me to develop my skills in multiple areas working for John Ronan Architects. These skills include:
-developing and exploring innovative concepts, solutions, ideas and details to push the boundaries of conventional design
-putting together drawings sets from schematic design to construction documents with high regard to clarity, presentation, and graphical composition
-Renderings using Adobe Creative Suite 4, sketch-up, Rhino, and VRay
-autoCAD drawings from schematic studies to connection details
-Marketing (graphic design of mailers, postcards, publication articles, etc.)

Feb 2008 - Aug 2009


The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US, MArch, architecture

Aug 2005 - Dec 2007

Arizona State University, Tempe Camp, AZ, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2000 - May 2004


City of Dreams Pavilion Competition, Honorable Mention

FIGMENT teamed with the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) to host a competition to design and construct an architectural pavilion on Governors Island, the City of Dreams Pavilion. The 2012-2013 pavilion will be the third City of Dreams Pavilion. It will be created through a six-month process that includes a call for proposals, a design competition, and a rapid fabrication and installation process to create a pavilion on Governors Island in 2013.

Jurors for the 2012-2013 City of Dreams Pavilion competition were: Vicki Arbitrio, PE, Associate Partner, Gilsanz Murray Steficek; Kai-Uwe Bergmann, AIA, LEED AP, RIBA, MAA, Partner, BIG Bjarke Ingels Group; Marc Clemenceau Bailly, AIA, Partner, Gage / Clemenceau Architects; Marc Kushner, AIA, Co-founder, HWKN Architects; Michael Loverich, Partner, Bittertang, 2011 City of Dreams Pavilion designer; Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA, Editor-in-Chief, Oculus, ArchNewsNow. Ada Tolla, Int’l Assoc. AIA, partner at LOT-EK acted as Pavilion Mentor for the competition, consulting with each finalist team as they prepared their final submissions.

The jury initially reviewed nearly 200 design proposal submissions and selected five finalists who each had three months further develop their designs in response to the jury’s comments.


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