John C. Lahey, AIA


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Cornell University
Bachelor of Architecture

John Lahey is Chairman of SCB, where he sets the overall direction and strategic vision for the firm’s offices in Chicago and San Francisco. Under his leadership, SCB has entered new markets, expanded its portfolio, and become nationally ranked as a leader in sustainability and design excellence.

As a Principal at the firm, John leads SCB’s residential practice, establishing design standards and overseeing large-scale projects. An award-winning design expert in high-rise, mixed-use residential buildings, John has developed a national portfolio of projects that offer design solutions specific to site, context, and client. Over the course of his tenure at SCB, he has led the design of more than 50 residential towers, and has established a national reputation for his work. Recent projects include the 52-story Loews Chicago Hotel and Residences; the twin tower, 56- and 45-story One Rincon Hill in San Francisco; the 38-story Anaha Tower in Honolulu; The Bristol, a luxury 30-story condominium in West Palm Beach; and the 72-story Legacy at Millennium Park in Chicago.

A graduate of Cornell University, John is a Life Trustee and former Board Chair at St. Ignatius College Prep. He previously served on the Council of Regents at Loyola University Chicago, the Board of Directors at Loyola University Hospital, the board of the Chicago Jesuit Academy, the Design Review Board for the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Regional Advisory Board for The American Ireland Fund. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Urban Land Institute, the Arts Club of Chicago, and the AIA.