John Derkach

John Derkach

Chicago, IL, US



I believe that I engage in a dialogue between the building and the site, which not only engages the senses of its inhabitants but also allows the design to emerge from its environment. This dialogue drives my inspiration to create innovative buildings that fix many of the issues that built environment creates. This allows for a very diverse creative process creating a unique design experience illuminating the spaces in which we work and live. By designing in accordance to place accentuating program and accounting for climate we are able to create uplifting buildings that enhance the way people live. I see these concepts as part of the path to the future and I embrace these concepts to inspire myself to produce better designs time and time again.

Specialties:Technical Proficiencies: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Flash, Adobe Dream Weaver, Adobe In Design, AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Ecotect, Autodesk 3ds Max, Microsoft Excel, Rhino 3D- Grasshopper for Rhino, Google SketchUp, Propellerhead Reason, Apple Logic Studio, Apple Final Cut Pro, Blender

Model Building: Laser Cutting and CNC Milling

Competitions: Mock Firms Competition First Place Design Concept

Languages: English Native and Ukrainian Fluent


Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, IL, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2011 - current

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