John Manaves

Adjunct Assistant Professor

BArch, University of Illinois at Chicago

John Manaves has pursued a passion for architecture through craft, innovation and design, drawing upon experiences in architecture, engineering, science, fabrication, storytelling and visualization.

Over the past 13 years, Manaves has applied his talent as a project architect at Murphy/Jahn Architects, as a visionary and researcher at Protostudio and as visualization expert at Vertex Graphics. As a project architect a Murphy/Jahn he worked on various projects from design development to implementation. These projects included the high profile, award-winning Deutsche Post Headquarters in Bonn, Germany and the Sony Center in Berlin.

In 1999, Manaves established Protostudio with partner Alice Kriegel after they were named as one of the new Chicago Seven Young Visionary Architects for their winning entry in the Townhouse Revisited Competition. Following Protostudio's inception, he has received various awards including second prize for the Ephemeral Structures in the City of Athens for the Olympics in 2004, semi-finalist in the Global Green Competition sponsored by Brad Pitt in New Orleans and most recently finalist for the RIBA Building a Sustainable World Competition.

Manaves is cofounder of Vertex Graphics, a firm specializing in architectural visualization. He has visualized through illustration and animation a variety of high profile projects including the Soldier Field Stadium Virtual Tour and the World Trade Center Memorial Competition. Most recently, Manaves has cofounded a design build firm, Vertex Architects, and is currently developing projects throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.