Jay R. Carow, AIA
Principal, Design Architect

Mr. Carow has been a design principal in architectural and planning firms for more than thirty years and taught university courses in architectural design and history for twelve years. His architectural design is shaped by his studies at IIT under Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and graduate programs at MIT, his years teaching and traveling in Asia and Europe, and his working with clients of all types. His goal is to provides spaces that are in harmony with site, materials and activities. This begins with his commitment to working closely with clients in understanding their needs and developing functionally responsive architectural solutions on their behalf.

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M. Arch.
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, B. Arch.
  • Carow Architects Plus, Sole Proprietor, 1988 - present
  • Danforth Rockwell Carow, Partner, 9 years
  • C. F. Murphy Associates, Architects / Engineers, Chicago, Intern 2 years; Senior Design Associate, 2 years
  • Other firms: Partner or Principal, 7 years

  • Illinois Institute of Technology, College of Architecture, Professor of Architecture, 5 years
  • University of Science Malaysia, Penang; Malaysia, School of Housing, Building and Planning; Founding Dean and Professor of Architecture, 3 years
  • University of Baghdad, Iraq, Department of Architecture, Fulbright Visiting Assistant Professor, 1 year
  • U. S. Peace Corps, Malaysia, Technical College, Dept. of Architecture, Kuala Lumpur, Lecturer, 2 years
Honors &
  • AIA Chicago, Nomination for AIA Fellowship
  • AIA Chicago, Honor Award for Thrall Car Administration Building (Design Associate with C. F. Murphy Associates)

Licensing &

  • Licensed Architect: Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Wisconsin
  • Certification: National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

  • American Institute of Architects
  • American Library Association
  • New England Library Association
  • Connecticut Library Association
  • Evanston (IL) Public Library Board of Trustees, Past V. P. and Building Committee Chair
  • Evanston Library Friends, Past President
  • Evanston Library Foundation, Founding Member
  • Racine Public Library, Racine, WI, First place and commission
  • Concordia Theological Seminary, New Library and Centrum on a campus designed by Eero Saarinen, Fort Wayne, IN, First place and commission