Forum Studio Announces New Leadership Team: Jay Longo and Jennifer Park

Previously of Longo Park Design Workshop, New Team Renew Focus on Design Thinking and Innovation

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CHICAGO, IL (PRWEB) July 24, 2014

Forum Studio, a full-service architecture and design firm, announces the appointment of Jay Longo as president and Jennifer Park as principal. The two creatives behind the former Longo Park Design Workshop will leverage their experience across the organization to deliver design-driven architecture for the firm’s national and international clients. Longo and Park will share oversight for Forum Studio, with Longo focusing on business strategy and Park on elevating the firm’s design profile.

Over its 15-year history, Forum Studio has been recognized for its integrated delivery model. Now, under the guidance of Longo and Park, the full-service firm is poised to advance a reputation as a cutting-edge design leader.

“We are thrilled to have Jay and Jen join our team,” said Bob Clark, Chairman and CEO of parent company Clayco. “Longo and Park’s collaborative design process is aligned with our approach to architecture. They also bring an awareness of design, and the global design conversation, that is vital to our future.”

Longo and Park co-founded Longo Park Design Workshop, a multidisciplinary design practice focused on architecture, urban design and product design. The Longo Park Design Workshop has been a longtime partner of Forum Studio, having successfully joined forces on projects including Gateway Plaza, a soaring, multi-tenant office building in Richmond, Va. and on the global headquarters for Reinsurance Group of America, an interactive and connective workspace in Chesterfield, Mo.

Prior to Longo Park Design Workshop, Longo served as principal and design director at Gensler, and co-led the firm’s headquarters practice area. He also held leadership positions at Brininstool + Lynch, Ltd and Loebl Schlossman & Hackl. Longo’s multifaceted design experience and background spans residential buildings, high-rise commercial office buildings, corporate headquarters, university science classrooms and laboratories, audio and post-production film studios, community centers, elementary schools, mixed-use retail centers, urban master plans and office interior spaces across the United States, Mexico and Asia.

Park is both a licensed architect and a professor. Prior to Longo Park, she worked at firms in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Virginia including Architecture Research Office, Wilkinson Blender Architects and Lorcan O’Herlihy. As a registered architect in both Virginia and Illinois, she has a wealth of project experience including university and institutional buildings, commercial office and headquarters, office and retail interiors, single and multi-family residential, and master planning efforts. Park is also currently an adjunct professor at Illinois Institute of Technology teaching undergraduate architecture studios and has previously served as an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago teaching classes in architecture, urban planning, and interior design.

As part of the strategic growth plan, Forum Studio's founding President Chris Cedergreen will remain at the firm as partner. Longo and Park will split their time between the Chicago and St. Louis offices.

About Forum Studio
Forum Studio is an award-winning design firm that harnesses the power of integrated design and collaboration. Offering comprehensive solutions across multiple disciplines including architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning and engineering, we build important and complex environments for our national and international clients. With a vision to become the firm of the future, Forum Studio utilizes best practices while relentlessly pursuing new innovative thinking. Focused on the specialized needs of each client, we elevate design solutions to maximize value through responsive leadership, creative visioning and mission-critical expertise. Forum Studio is the art + science of building. For more information, visit http://www.forumstudio.com


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