Ronald A. Krueck
FAIA | Founding Principal
As the founding partner of Krueck + Sexton, Ron’s vision and design beliefs guide our work. He approaches each project as a special opportunity to explore — looking beyond the project’s edge to discover what’s beyond and allowing the environment + client to drive the solution. His unparalleled ability to listen, rather than to be heard, is his unique strength, as he interprets the client's words throughout the creative process.
Ron developed his design leadership skills at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), where he received a BA from the College of Architecture in 1970. He began his career at the Chicago office of C.F. Murphy, now Jahn, and then at Hammond Beeby. In 1975 he left the practice of architecture to study painting and drawing at the Art Institute of Chicago, then opened his first architecture office with the commission of The Steel and Glass House in 1979.
While in art school Ron began teaching at IIT on the visual training program, continuing to train and mentor future architects with collage and space-model instruction to fourth and fifth-year students. During his 35 years of teaching at IIT he was also a visiting professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
Through the decades the firm’s portfolio has expanded from high-end residential to a wide range of commercial and government project types, winning local, national and international recognition. Ron was named an Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York in 1983, listed 40 Under 40 Top Architects in the US in Interior Design Magazine – 1986, inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1993, elevated to a fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1992 and in 2016 the Chicago AIA Lifetime Achievement Award.
As an advocate for the preservation of modern architecture, Ron is a founding member of the Friends of the Farnsworth House and the Mies van der Rohe Society. He served on the Board of Directors for Fallingwater and is on the Committee of 20th Century and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago.