About the Fellowship

Doug Garofalo began his teaching career at the UIC School of Architecture in 1987, moving through all faculty ranks from part-time adjunct to tenured full professor, and also serving as Interim Director 2001–2003. In 2009 Doug was named a University Scholar, the first time in twenty-six years that a member of the School of Architecture was so honored. Representing the highest ideal of the academic-practitioner, Doug was a tireless mentor and source of inspiration for the students, junior faculty, and young architects that worked with him.

The Douglas A. Garofalo Fellowship has been established at the UIC School of Architecture in memory of Doug and in recognition of his exceptional life and career. The Fellowship will be an endowed fund dedicated to bringing a young practitioner or recent graduate to teach and conduct independent design research within the School of Architecture.

Being able to provide a young architect the same opportunity as Doug enjoyed, and to be able to host a Garofalo Fellow at the School every year, will be an exceptional tribute and continuing reminder of Doug Garofalo's invaluable contribution in launching so many architectural careers. The Douglas A. Garofalo Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of individual and corporate donations, as well as grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

Doug Garofalo, FAIA
1958–2011

For almost twenty-five years of full-time teaching and professional practice, Doug Garofalo, FAIA, was at the forefront of introducing advanced digital and conceptual models to architectural design and education. In collaboration with small offices in New York and Cincinnati, Garofalo Architects realized the earliest significant digitally-informed project in the United States, the Korean Presbyterian Church of New York in Queens (1996–1999), which augured not only a new style of contemporary architecture but perhaps more radically a new way of practicing architecture.

In 2006, Garofalo was the subject of a one-person exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. Among the many awards for his built work, Doug's Hyde Park Art Center won both the Distinguished Building Award from AIA Chicago and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design in 2007. He was a frequent collaborator with other architects and artists, working with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill on the design planning for the 2016 Chicago Olympic bid, and was the architect of record for the Burnham Pavilion designed with the internationally-recognized office UNStudio.

Holding professional degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Yale University, Doug was a recent recipient of the highly prized United States Artist Fellowship.