Michael Gelick

Professor Emeritus


MArch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BArch (with distinction), University of Minnesota

Michael Gelick is currently Professor of Architecture and former Interim Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He holds a Master of Architecture Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and a Bachelor of Arts with distinction from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He has also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Chicago.

Gelick is an architect practicing in Chicago. He is President of Gelick Associates Incorporated, an architectural, planning, and design firm where he is also Principal-in-Charge and Director of Design, responsible for the overall direction in a diverse range of projects.

Gelick is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and has chaired numorous special committees for the AIA, including two terms as Vice President of the Chicago chapter and as a member of the AIA National Committee on Design involved in the evlauation of potential international felows. He is also active in civic and charitable boards and committees including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. He is a registered architect and interior designer in Illinois and has an an NCARB Certificate and architectural registrations in many other states.

Gelick's professional experience includes planning/design and project management for recreational/entertainment, commercial retail, educational, multi-family residential, and special use projects, many of which have won national and international recognition. These include the Richard A. Driehaus Foundation/LISC Award for the Ruth Shriman House (completed 83-unit mid-rise affordable senior housing development in Chicago, IL) and the Chicago Building Congress Merit Award for the architectural concept and design of Cityfront Place (904-unit multi-family housing complex in Chicago, IL). His work has been featured in exhibitions at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Cooper Union New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Arts Club of Chicago, and Carpenter Center at Harvard University and published in magazines including Progressive Architecture, Inland Architect, Architectural Record, Architectural Review, Process Architecture, AIA Journal, and L'architecture d'Aujourd'hui.