Alison Von Glinow

Alison Von Glinow

Founder Kwong Von Glinow Design Office

Alison Von Glinow is co-founder and principal of Kwong Von Glinow Design Office, a Chicago-based architecture practice with the mission "Enjoy Architecture.”  Founded in 2017, Kwong Von Glinow Design Office has been awarded the 2018 Architectural League Prize of New York for Young Architects and named an Emerging Architecture Practice of 2017 by Wallpaper* Magazine.  Alison earned her Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Alison is a licensed Architect in New York and Illinois, Forefront Fellow of New York's Urban Design Forum, and on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Architecture Club.  Prior to founding Kwong Von Glinow Design Office, Alison worked with Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland, SOM in both Chicago and New York, Toshiko Mori Architect in New York, and Svendborg Architects in Copenhagen, Denmark.


“Enjoy Architecture”

As designers who are shaping the future built environment, now is a key moment to question a standardized housing formula and re-evaluate the elements that constitute the home.  Alison Von Glinow will share the projects of her office which explore overlooked elements of what constitute a home: from storage, to circulation, to unit identity. With the belief that architecture is more powerful than the norm, her studio’s design approach “Enjoy Architecture” searches for the relatable to connect to a broad audience and inspire new futures in housing.