John Zeien, AIA


As a Partner at Northworks, John exemplifies expertise and leadership, spearheading the seamless execution of a diverse array of projects.

His portfolio encompasses residential and hospitality endeavors in Chicago’s Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and River North neighborhoods, alongside contributions to historic preservation initiatives in St. Louis and the construction of bespoke homes in central Wisconsin and Texas.

John’s academic foundation is grounded in both architecture and graphic design, holding dual Bachelor’s degrees from Drury University. He is licensed in both Illinois and California, and remains dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional integrity and proficiency. John embodies a design ethos characterized by an intentional, informed, and involved approach, serving as a steady guide throughout the creative journey, ultimately manifesting each client’s aspirations into reality. He enjoys spending time with family and exploring the outdoors when outside the studio.



John’s design ethos: ​​Be a calm, knowledgeable and engaged team member; guiding the process and realizing each client's goals​ along the way.

Projects John has collaborated on

Nekoosa, Wisconsin

Sand Valley Resort

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Sand Valley Dunes

Winnetka, Illinois

Sheridan Road

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Sheridan Road Exterior

Chicago, Illinois