Episode 29

As Built Interview with Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, HASLA

Architect Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, HASLA is a Design Principal and Founder of Ross Barney Architects. She is also the 2023 recipient of the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal, the highest honor the AIA can bestow and a recognition of individuals whose work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture.

In this episode, Carol discusses her career path and how it informed the driving principle behind her work and her life: that excellent design is a right, not a privilege. From her Peace Corps work saving ecologies in Costa Rica to her first architecture projects at Holabird and Root to founding her own firm and delivering such notable public architecture as the Oklahoma City Federal Building and the Chicago Riverwalk, Carol shares her insights into the practice and business of architecture.


  • The role of a “citizen architect”
  • Design as a way of making solutions
  • What architects have to know to make a project successful
  • The critical need for sustainability and how it functions as a means of course correction
  • What consensus really means in public projects and how to achieve it
  • Mentorship in an era of remote working

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As Built Interview with Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, HASLA.