Meet our instructors: Joel Berman

Joel USk instructor

Joel Berman, LEED-AP, is the founder and president of Joel Berman Architecture & Design, Ltd., a Chicago architecture firm specializing in inner city adaptive reuse and heritage restoration for restaurant, hospitality, institutional and residential development. Project work includes an award winning historic preservation renovation of a 1920s White Castle Hamburger building, and conversion of a 1906 Chicago fire station into a major video production facility. For Joel, clear and fast sketching has been a factor in the success of his design work and architectural practice.

In addition to running a successful practice, Joel has taught architectural sketching at the Art Institute of Chicago (1997), Columbia College School of Interior Architecture (1997-2004), the Chicago Architectural Foundation Adult Education Program (2005-2011), and for the United States National Endowment for the Humanities/Chicago Architecture Foundation Urban Gateways Program (2009-2013).

See things Joel built –

Considering all this great architectural experience, it is not surprising that Joel will be teaching Workshop 7: How to Sketch like an Architect on Sunday morning.

Some of Joel’s sketches:

When Joel is not building, renovating, designing or sketching you can generally find him on the river, boating or kayaking.

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