Jay Longo is a principal and co-founder of Longo Park Design Workshop. He is a licensed architect in Illinois who has worked for several firms in Chicago. He was a principal and design director at Gensler, where he also co-led its headquarters practice area. He has designed single and multi-family residential buildings, high-rise commercial office buildings, corporate headquarters, university science classrooms and laboratories, audio and post-production film studios, community centers, elementary schools, mixed-use retail centers, urban master plans and office interior spaces across the United States and in Mexico and Asia.
In 2002, he became a LEED accredited professional and led one of the first projects through the City of Chicago’s Green Permit Program. His design integrated many green technologies, including rainwater harvesting, bioswales, solar arrays, geothermal heating and cooling, underfloor air, daylight harvesting, green roofs, façade technologies, and low impact / reclaimed materials. As an environmental advocate, he has spoken before the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago History Museum, USGBC Chicago Chapter, Green Build, University of Illinois in Chicago and Champagne. He has been interviewed on NPR public radio and public television station WTTW.
His work has also focused on the social impact of design. He believes how people interact, congregate, move, celebrate and work, as influenced by shaping space, can create results greater than the physical realities of a place. Beauty lies in this interaction between people and architecture, giving purpose and life to the physical forms and spaces. His work on community centers, inter-disciplinary science buildings and several corporate headquarters seeks to find this balance between people and architecture to create inspiring and enlivened spaces.
He graduated with honors from the University of Michigan where he received both a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1992, and a master’s degree in architecture in 1994.
When not at the office, he enjoys golf, cooking and traveling anywhere with good food.