Edward K. Uhlir, FAIA, NCARB


Ed Uhlir was the head architect, and then the director of research and planning with the Chicago Park District, until his appointment by Mayor Richard M. Daley as design director of the Millennium Park Project. Uhlir now serves as executive director of the not-for-profit Millennium Park, Inc.

A graduate of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Uhlir received the Alumni Association’s City Partner Award in 2002. He is the recipient of the Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning from the Metropolitan Planning Council, American Society of Landscape Architects National Honor Award for the Lincoln Park Framework Plan, Chicago Civic Federation Urban Innovation Award and Friends of Downtown Mary Ward Wolkonsky Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Uhlir is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. The Chicago Chapter presented him with their Distinguished Service Award in 1999. Millennium Park has received more than 30 awards, including the Barrier Free America Award, presented to Uhlir by the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Washington, D.C.

He is a board member of the Washington D.C.-based City Parks Alliance, a board member and secretary of NeighborSpace, a member of the State of Illinois Public Art Advisory Committee and a member of Mayor Daley’s Parks and Open Space Committee. Uhlir is a recognized authority on park development, has lectured to a wide variety of audiences and is the author of “Ark in the Park, The Story of Lincoln Park Zoo.”

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