Dirk Lohan, together with Floyd D. Anderson, is a founder of Lohan Anderson, and is responsible for the firm’s designs and long-term development.
Mr. Lohan has established Lohan Anderson with his philosophy that successful architecture must respond not only to economic constraints but also to the larger social and physical conditions. Looking to the future, Mr. Lohan’s philosophy is becoming evermore relevant due to the rapid changes in technology, the growing importance of environmental concerns and the impact of globalization on the life and work of all people.
Dirk Lohan left his native Germany to begin his architectural studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology under the tutelage of his grandfather, Mies van der Rohe. He returned to Germany and finished his studies in architecture and planning at the Technische Hochschule (Diplom - Ingenieur) in Munich in 1962. When Mr. Lohan returned to Chicago, he worked closely with Mies on such projects as the New National Gallery in Berlin, the IBM office building in Chicago and The Toronto Dominion Centre.
Before the establishment of Lohan Anderson, Mr. Lohan was the senior principal in his prior firm Lohan Associates. Under his leadership, the firm produced an impressive portfolio of design solutions including such projects as the McDonald’s Corporate Headquarters Campus, the John G. Shedd Oceanarium, and the Sinai Temple as well as national and international projects.
Recent projects include a 45 story office tower at 353 N. Clark Street in Chicago, a large mixed-use complex for Dubai Industrial City in Dubai, UAE and a headquarters building for Calamos Financial Services in Naperville, Illinois.
Mr. Lohan firmly believes that successful projects and satisfied clients are the result of well-detailed, functional and innovative yet timeless design. Throughout his career, Mr. Lohan has successfully humanized the traditional modernism of the fifties and sixties by infusing variety and texture to enrich each building design. Dirk Lohan’s achievements in architecture have been recognized with many awards, including being appointed a Fellow in 1983, by the American Institute of Architects.
Mr. Anderson’s approach to design goes well beyond the fundamentals to meet his client’s needs and objectives. He believes that for good design to evolve, one must understand what is important to a community, an owner and the building’s end users.
In his 32 years of architectural experience, Mr. Anderson has developed a philosophy and work ethic that is very personal, proactive and client-focused. He has proven to be a successful director of design projects that are both large-in-scale and complex. These projects have provided him with invaluable knowledge of and experience with all aspects of the profession including both its design and technical aspects.
His many assignments include corporate and government office buildings, libraries and college and university projects. Specific examples include the Campus Master Plan for the Illinois Institute of Technology, the City of Chicago Police Department New Central Headquarters, the University of Illinois Molecular Biology Research Building, the Orland Park Public Library and the IBM Technology Development Campus in Endicott, New York. His international experience includes projects such as the design phase of the mixed-use Vastra City Hotel and Conference Center in Stockholm, Sweden.
Before joining Dirk Lohan in the establishment of Lohan Anderson, Mr. Anderson was a Principal and Executive Vice President at Lohan Associates as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the firm.