Notre Dame Center for Building Communities and Roosevelt Square

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Building Communities is overseen by a husband and wife team of, Ron Sakal, who is executive director, and Sallie Hood, who is director of design of the Center. Ron and Sallie are residents of Hyde Park, and graduates of UIC’s School of Architecture and they have a keen sense of urban planning and design.

In addition to being wonderful people, they are good friends of Nancy Plax who introduced them to me.  It turned out we had a great deal in common, including some mutual friends who I worked with to save the historic Tree Studios, where Ron and Sallie once lived, and the adjacent Medina Temple where Bloomingdale’s Home Store is now located.

Nine senior University of Notre Dame School of Architecture students who are very talented and thoughtful will be tackling elements of Roosevelt Square as their thesis projects which will all be professionally juried by an expert panel.  They will work under the guidance of Ron and Sallie.

St. Ignatius College Prep has graciously agreed to provide transportation for a site tour by the students and some other distinguished planners and architects on Sunday, October 28 and a tour of some of Chicago’s nicest and best designed communities and then host a reception for the group after the morning and afternoon tour.

The students will be working for the rest of the fall and all winter on aspects of Roosevelt Square to come up with some exciting concepts and designs to consider.  We are currently working on trying to provide a means for community input that the students can consider in their plans