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Tom Jaeger Profile

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Name:Tom Jaeger
Title:Adjunct Professor


Masters in Architectural Design - University of Illinois
Postgraduate Studies in Architecture, City Planning, and Visual Design - Massachusetts Institute of Technology


R. THOMAS JAEGER, A.I.A. EMERITUS, is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a Master's degree in Architectural Design and Postgraduate Studies in Architecture, City Planning and Visual Design at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture and served by appointment as acting director, Chair in Structures, Design and Technology for the Graduate and Undergraduate Programs. He has received applied research grants from the Kettering Foundation, Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has been a Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies at Michigan State University, and served by appointment on the National Faculty of Humanities, Arts & Sciences, Atlanta, Georgia. On behalf of the National Faculty, he has consulted with over 30 secondary schools in the U.S.A. developing programs designed to introduce environmental analysis and design experiences for high school students. He is  a recipient of a State Service Award presented by the Illinois Council of the American Institute of Architects (AlA) for contributions to architectural education, the 1995 Excellence in Education Award for Exceptional Contributions to the Advancement of the Profession of Architecture by AlA Illinois, the 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Northeast Illinois Chapter of the AlA (NEIIAIA) and the 2010/11 Judson University Department of Architecture Faculty Excellence Award. He is a past Chairman and a current member of the Architecture Advisory Council of the Judson University Professional Program in Architecture, Elgin, Illinois where he serves as a Senior University Lecturer, an Adjunct Professor of Architecture and an Adjunct faculty member in the Division of Exercise & Sport Science.

He is a consulting principal of Jaeger, Nickola & Associates Ltd., Architects, Park Ridge, Illinois. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture, has practiced architecture in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Texas and Wisconsin.   Since 1960, the firm has received a total of 48 awards for excellence in architecture and planning from the American Institute of Architects, The Association of Licensed Architects (ALA), The National Endowment for the Arts, The Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture, The American Society for Church Architecture, The Guild for Religious Architecture, The Fourth International Congress on Religion, Art and the Environment, The Illinois Landscape Contractors' Association, The American Association of Nurserymen Inc., The Associated Landscape Contractors of America and the Gold Medal of the British Association of Landscape Industries. He is a former Board Chair and fourteen year member of the Board of Directors of Friendship Village of Schaumburg, Illinois, a 1,000 resident continuing care retirement community, and received the tenth annual Sterling Friendship Award in 2007. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the NEIIAIA from 2007 to 2010 and is a current member of the chapters Practitioners/Educators committee.

In addition to architectural education and professional practice, Tom is a certified teaching member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) having achieved level 4 Professional development award for 10 continuous years of professional commitment and achievement, a certified (USTA) NTRP Verifier, a member of the United States Racquet Stringers Association (USRSA), and a member of the Professional Advisory Staff of Head/Penn Racquet Sports. He currently teaches at The Racket Club in Crystal Lake, Illinois, The Division of Exercise Science and Sport, Judson University, Elgin, Illinois, and The Marriot Horseshoe Bay Resort, Horseshoe Bay, Texas. He has served as the Head Tennis Professional for both the Tall Oaks Tennis Club, Del Webb Sun City Huntley, Illinois and The Minocqua Country Club, Minocqua, Wisconsin and taught in the Chicago District Tennis Association (CDTA) Junior Excellence Program, USTA Play Tennis America, USPTA Tennis Across America, and Nike tennis camps forages six to seventeen.   He has played on USTA state championship teams out of River Trails Tennis Club in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

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