J.D. McKibben

Associate Principal, Chicago

J.D. hails from Kentucky, the child of teachers who instilled in him a lifelong curiosity and appreciation for learning. He has always had an interest in drafting and models, so pursuing architecture was a natural fit. Drawn to tinkering, creating, and figuring out how things work, J.D. looks to the visual influences of art nouveau and tattoo design, as well as the urban archaeology of old Chicago-area railroads, to inform some of his thought processes.

J.D. is a true designer: he looks at everything around him–whether it’s a feat of engineering, like an old railroad, or an expressive piece of art, such as a Secession-inspired pattern–as a way to advance a concept and reach a unique architectural solution.