Strawn.Sierralta is a young architecture and design studio based in Chicago, Illinois.

We dedicate ourselves to only a few exciting projects at a time, and are deeply committed to investigating the specific qualities of each project - its natural, cultural, social and political environments. Our goal is to find fresh solutions that are simple, bold, innovative and unexpected.

Strawn.Sierralta has received both national and international recognition, including being named the Chicago Architectural Club and the AIA's Emerging Vision in 2007.


Modern Mountain Home Award for the Ski-On Home, Tahoe Quarterly, 2011
Emerging Visions Award, Chicago Architectural Club, 2007
IBM Engineering Innovation Award for Lake Effect, The History Channel’s City of the Future, 2006
Gold Star Award for House Made of Cups, Global Green Sustainable Design Competition, 2006
Emerging Visions Finalist, Chicago Architectural Club, 2005
McCormick Tribune Foundation Competition Finalist, 2005
Ford Calumet Environmental Center Competition Finalist, 2004
Green Tent Design Competition First Prize Award, 2004
Notable Entry Award, Paris 2012 Olympic Landmark Competition, 2004
World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition Finalist, 2003


“Where to go - Now!”, Chicago Magazine, 2012
“Airbnb Picks”, Dwell Online, 2011
BOOK: Utopia Forever: Visions of Architecture and Urbanism, Gestalten, 2011
“Houses We Love”, Dwell, 2011
“Go Big, Then Go Home”, Tahoe Quarterly, 2011(cover)
“Entrevista con Strawn.Sierralta”, ConstruInfo, 2008
“Distopia trata de Comprender la Ciudad”, Diario La Verdad, 2008
“Gente de Aqui”, De Mall en Mall, 2008
“City of the Future”, Architect Magazine, 2007
“Designers Envision Chicago 2107”, Conscious Choice, 2007
“Building the Future”, Chicago Sun Times, 2006
“City of the Future”, World Changing, 2006
“Chicago Designers Compete in Friday Marathon at the CAF”, Architecture Chicago Plus, 2006
“Monumento para las Olimpiadas en Paris 2012”, Entre Rayas, 2006
BOOK: Celebrating Freedom 12151791, McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, University of Chicago Press, 2006
“Memorial WTC, Centro Ecologico y Morada para el Desierto”, Entre Rayas, 2005
“Interview with Strawn.Sierralta”, Diario La Verdad, 2005
“Finalists Named for Sculpture at Tribune Tower Museum”, Chicago Tribune, 2005
“Talento Marabino”, Estilo Maracaibo Magazine, 2005
BOOK: Imagining Ground Zero, Official and Unofficial Proposals for the WTC Site, Architectural Record, Rizzoli, 2004
BOOK: 454 Projects for Paris 2012, Pavillion de L’Arsenal, 2004
“A Green Sanctuary in the Industrial Heartland”, Competitions Magazine, 2004
“Camping Shelter Made of Old Pipes Wins Competition”, Chicago Tribune, 2004
“Chicago Comes Back”, Architectural Record, 2004
“Young Firms Bring a Breath of Fresh Air to the Windy City”, Architectural Record ,2004
“Chicago Moves On”, Architectural Record, 2004
“Ones to Watch”, Chicago Tribune ,2004
“Environmental Center Site Finalists Named”, Chicago Tribune, 2004
“Eight Notes for January”, Chicago Magazine, 2004
“World Trade Center Memorial Finalist Designs”, Architectural Record, 2003
“World Trade Center Memorial: How Should We Remember ?”, Newsweek, 2003
“WTC Memorial Competition Finalists Selected”, Architecture Magazine, 2003
“Editor’s Note”, Sommerhoff, Emilie; “Eight Finalists Selected”, Architectural Lighting, 2003
“Propuestas para Honrar a los Caidos”, El Nuevo Dia, 2003
“Agua y Luz inspiran los memoriales del 11-S”, Diario La Verdad, 2003
“Proyectos para el memorial del World Trade Center”, Diario El Nacional, 2003
“Eight Designs Confront Mini Agendas at Ground Zero”, The New York Times, 2003
“Designs Are Shimmering Elegies in Light, Water and Glass”, The New York Times, 2003
“Presenting Several Versions of the Shape of Grief and Recollection”, The New York Times, 2003
“...A Voice of Simplicity Cries to be Heard”, The New York Times, 2003
“From Around the World, Artists and Architects who Rose to a Challenge”, The New York Times, 2003
“9/11 Memorial Finalists”, Chicago Tribune, 2003
“Eight World Trade Center Designs Make Final Cut”, USA Today, 2003
“8 Design Finalists Chosen For Memorial at WTC Site”, Chicago Sun Times, 2003
“Watch this space: 8 Proposals for Memorial for WTC Site Unveiled”, The Wall Street Journal, 2003


Centro de Bellas Artes, SUB40 | Arquitectura Emergente en Venezuela, Maracaibo, Venezuela, 2011
Museum of Science and Industry, City of the Future Exhibition, Chicago, 2007
Acme Artworks Gallery, Chicago Architectural Club’s Envisioning the Bloomingdale Line, Chicago, IL, 2007
Chicago Architecture Foundation, The History Channel’s City of the Future Event, Chicago, IL, 2006
Chicago Architecture Foundation, Public Process for Public Architecture, Chicago, IL, 2006
Chicago Cultural Center, Water Tanks: The Chicago Prize Competition, Chicago, IL, 2006
The Chicago Tribune, McCormick Tribune Competition Finalists, Chicago, IL, 2005
The Art Museum of Western Virginia, Cradle to Cradle Green Homes Exhibit, Charlottesville, VA, January - 2005
Pavillion de L’Arsenal, 454 projects for Paris 2012, Paris, France, 2005
Ecoshack at High Desert Test Sites 4, Green Tents Exhibit, Joshua Tree, CA, 2004
garden LAb at The Art Center College of Design, Green Tents Exhibit, Pasadena, CA, 2004
Chicago Architecture Foundation, Big & Green Chicago Exhibit, Chicago, IL, 2004
The Graham Foundation, WTC Memorial Competition Chicago Entries Chicago, IL, 2004
The World Financial Center, WTC Site Memorial Competition Finalists, New York, NY, 2003


University of Wisconsin, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Spring Lecture Series, Milwaukee, WI, 2012
MAS: Analog, Conversations on More Speculation, Chicago, IL, 2011
Perkins Eastman, Re-Think Practice, New York, NY, 2011
Instituto Cervantes Spring Lecture Series, Young Architects of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2011
Universidad del Zulia, Dystopia Architecture Conference, Maracaibo, Venezuela, 2008
Universidad Central de Venezuela, ENEA XXIII (Student Architecture Convention), Caracas, Venezuela, 2008
Universidad Rafael Urdaneta, School of Architecture, Maracaibo, Venezuela, 2007
Museum of Contemporary Art of Zulia, Acontecimientos Arquitectonicos Conference, Maracaibo, Venezuela, 2007
University of Illinois at Chicago, SoA, Spring Lecture Series, Chicago, IL, 2007
National Public Radio – 848, History Channel Event “Lake Effect”, Chicago, IL, 2006
The Art Institute of Chicago, Art on the Move, Dynamic Duos Tour, Chicago, IL, 004
California Polytechnic State University, Department of Architecture Lecture Series, Pomona, CA, 2004
Chicago Architecture Foundation, Lunchtime Lecture Series, Chicago, IL, 2004
UIC Architecture Alumni Association (A3) 17th Annual Benefit Dinner, (Keynote Speakers) Chicago, IL, 2004
The Graham Foundation, World Trade Center Site Memorial Entries Event, (Keynote Speakers) Chicago, IL, 2004
Planeta FM, Radio Interview, Caracas, Venezuela, 2004
Circuito Union Radio, Radio Interview with Eli Bravo, Caracas, Venezuela, 2004