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Para Project

Jon Lott

Amenia, United States & Cambridge, United States


PARA PROJECT is a studio for architecture founded and led by Principal Jon Lott. Each project is a collaborative effort between a wide range of constituents, guided by the specific needs and curiosities of diverse clientele. PARA works on projects of varying scales and mediums, ranging from cultural institutions and residential work to events and international competitions. Based in Amenia, NY and Cambridge, MA, PARA PROJECT’s work has been published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, Harvard Design Magazine, Architectural Record, Metropolis, Domus, and the Architect’s Newspaper, among others, as well as in books such as American City X by Princeton Architectural Press (2014) and Shopping Now by Taschen (2010).

Jon Lott is co-founder of Collective-LOK and Associate Professor of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Among other accolades, he is recipient of the Emerging Voices Award by the Architectural League of New York, the Design Vanguard award by Architectural Record, and the New Practices New York award by the AIANY. He has taught at Syracuse University, directing the School of Architecture’s New York City Program. He holds the Master of Architecture from Harvard University and is an NCARB-certified architect with licensure in New York, Massachusetts, California, Maine, and Rhode Island.

Marianna González-Cervantes is a designer at PARA, which she joined in 2021. She was originally born and raised in the sister cities of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua and El Paso, Texas. González-Cervantes holds a Master of Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has worked at PARA PROJECT and WOJR in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Karamuk*Kuo in Zürich, Switzerland.

CAB 5 Contribution

Project Overview

Chicago Awning

Chicago Awning is a temporary entrance for the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Leaning on the southern face of the Chicago Cultural Center, the awning is a public cover and extension for the event. The project is part of a serial study of urban strangers, including Lott’s Storefront for Storefront, in New York City (2016); Roche/Dinkeloo Double, at the Fine Arts Center in Amherst, Massachusetts (2018); and the Brugge Diptych, in Bruges, Belgium (2020). Each embraces the construction techniques of American framing in partnership with their respective institutional and urban concerns.

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Chicago Cultural Center


78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL


The Loop


The Chicago Cultural Center serves as one of the main exhibition venue sites for CAB 5, featuring projects from more than 80 participants from ten countries. 

Opened in 1897, the Chicago Cultural Center is a Chicago landmark building operated by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and is home to free cultural exhibits and programming year-round.

Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago Cultural Center
The City is the Site