About us

Principal Architect

Founding Principle John DeSalvo, a licensed professional in both the USA and Germany, takes the lead on all projects within the firm. He studied at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York where he graduated with honors; moving to Berlin, Germany he worked for Sir Norman Foster on the Reichstag Parliament project then Helmut Jahn in both Berlin and Chicago, heading high-rise residential and commercial projects internationally. John founded his JDD Architects in 2008.
In addition to his architectural practice, John is a free hand illustrator for Norton Press Publications architectural pocket guide book series. He lectures frequently on rendering technique and has had numerous gallery exhibitions of his architectural drawings and paintings.
When not in the office John is an associate studio professor at The Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), initiated a freehand rendering course and has run a European travel abroad program. John also is curator of the IIT student’s submission to the SOFA/CONNECT – Sculptural Objects Functional Arts- exhibition in Chicago.

Jonathon Olivera

Intern Architect

Jonathon Olivera joined John DeSalvo Design as an intern in Summer 2018 while working towards his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is currently a 4th year undergraduate set to graduate in 2021.