Jack Weiss, President

Jack is principal of Jack Weiss Associates, an Evanston-based design firm he started in 1977. He has directed projects ranging from marketing communications and branding programs to signage and wayfinding systems. Among over four hundred career projects, Jack designed Evanston's comprehensive wayfinding signage system, preservation district signs, and the City’s vehicle identification program. He recently completed design of signage and wayfinding for the Illinois Holocaust Museum.

Jack’s professional career spans a period of over fifty years. He has held staff designer positions at Low’s Incorporated, Chicago, and at the architectural firm of Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo Associates, Hamden CT. He was vice president of the design firm Blake & Weiss for ten years prior to forming Jack Weiss Associates.

He was a faculty member at the Institute of Design, IIT for eight years and at Columbia College Chicago for ten years. He has been a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Northern Illinois University and Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago.

Jack is a founding member of Design Evanston. He is a fellow and past president of The Society of Typographic Arts (STA). He is a founder and president of the Chicago Design Archive. He was a member and chairman of the 27 Chicago Designers. Jack was chairman of the City's Sign Review and Appeals Board and the Oakton Historic District Committee. He is currently a member of the City's Preservation Commission. In 2014, Jack was given the Mayor's Award for the Arts for his long commitment as a designer to the Evanston arts community.

He studied at the Corcoran School of Art, Washington DC, and received a BS in Visual Communication from the Institute of Design, IIT. He earned a BFA and MFA in Graphic Design from the School of Art & Architecture at Yale University. He was honored as a Life Master by IIT in 1992.

David Galloway, Vice President

David (AIA) has had, and fostered, an interest in Architecture and Urban Design for over thirty-five years. He has been a practicing architect for over thirty years, designing and constructing a wide diversity of project types that include single and multi-family residences, commercial and retail developments, institutional buildings and corporate interiors. Recently he has expanded that experience to include historic building repair and restoration, and after becoming a LEED Accredited Professional has expanded his efforts to include sustainable design. He has long had an abiding interest in Urban Planning and Design, having studied American and European New Towns, and earned the Earl Prize at the University of Illinois for writing the program for and the design of a New Town.

David grew up in Park Forest, Illinois, achieved a B.A. in Architectural Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. from Loyola University. He has lived in Evanston since 1983 and taken an active interest in the town’s development for nearly twenty years. He has been past Chairman of the Evanston Preservation Commission, is presently a Plan Commission member and participated in The Downtown Plan Subcommittee. He has been a member of Design Evanston for twenty years, serving as its President for the past ten years.

As President of Design Evanston David increased membership two-fold, restored its annual awards program, facilitated many forums on Good Design, and strengthened its ties with the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and many City departments. David believes in maintaining Evanston’s unique character, open space and lakefront amenities while developing its downtown and transportation node areas with responsible, high quality, higher density mixed-use developments.


Tom Hofmaier, Treasurer

Tom is an architect of more than 30 years experience.  He has been a member of Design Evanston since 1998. Professionally he has worked significantly in the design of facilities for pharmaceutical manufacturing and laboratories as well as other, mostly industrial, building types. Notwithstanding the technical nature of most of his work, Tom maintains a strong interest in good public architecture and planning and believes that those disciplines should positively enhance daily experience. He is a LEED Accredited professional.  His participation with Design Evanston is based on his belief that Design Evanston can and should help promote good design and responsible planning as necessary elements of the long term vitality of the City of Evanston.

Tom’s ‘non-professional’ interests include History, Garden and Landscape Design and the graphic arts. In the past, he has been a volunteer to a group from the University of Texas in their efforts to document early colonial buildings in rural areas of Mexico. Over two summers this included several weeks in the field measuring, drawing and otherwise documenting buildings that are in danger of being lost. 

Tom is originally from Lake Bluff and went to the University of Illinois at Urbana graduating with a Bachelors of Architecture in 1973. He moved to Evanston with his family in 1996 after having lived Chicago for over 20 years that were interspersed with periods of living in Puerto Rico on work assignment.

Heidrun Hoppe, Director

Heidi is the newest director on the board of Design Evanston and is enthusiastic about DE’s mission to encourage excellent design and intelligent planning in her adopted city. Born in western New York State, Heidi earned a BA in English Literature and Fine Arts at the State University of New York at Albany, followed by a Masters degree in Architecture at Virginia Tech.

Her first job upon graduating was with an architecture firm in Zurich, Switzerland, where she became enamored of the avant-garde Swiss architecture then evolving. Heidi moved back to the US and chose Chicago as an opportunity to learn about truly American architecture, and has never left – except to move to Evanston approximately ten years ago.

Heidi is the principal and owner of the architecture firm Heidrun Hoppe Associates, which specializes in designing facilities for children and communities, most especially in the not-for-profit sector. She has provided architectural and planning services for a great variety of agencies and municipalities throughout the Chicago area and has been a guest lecturer many times on the topic of environments for children. Her current and previous firms have received awards for excellence in lighting, historic preservation, masonry and design.

Heidi is a LEED Accredited Professional. One of her latest projects, a LEED Silver child development center, the Aurora Early Learning Center, is currently under construction. Since moving to Evanston Heidi has become a volunteer with the Historic Preservation Commission and is a founding member of a loosely organized Evanston women’s basketball league that plays locally and in national tournaments. To combine her interests in architecture and cycling, Heidi has led several bike tours of architectural sites. She is planning similar tours for Design Evanston and others this summer.

Laura Saviano, Director

Laura is the Marketing Principal for Ross Barney Architects, an award winning Architectural design firm in Chicago. The firm has received significant local and national commissions, honors, awards and publicity. The firm’s work focuses on the public sector, designing projects for public schools, libraries, colleges and universities, local, state and federal governmental agencies. Ross Barney Architects was the Lead Design Architect for the new U.S. Federal Campus in Oklahoma City, OK, that replaced the bombed Murrah Federal Building.

The work of her firm has been published in national and international journals, books and newspapers and has been awarded with numerous honors including 4 Institute Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects and over 25 AIA Chicago Design Awards. Her firm recently received the AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project award for the LEED Platinum, Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, Illinois.

Laura is a tireless advocate for Public Art in her adopted City of Evanston, Illinois. She served as Chair of the Public Art Committee in Evanston for many years. The Committee administers the City’s Percent-For-Art Program, placing works of art in and around new buildings and projects. Laura is a founding director of the Not for Profit organization, Friends of the Arts, organized to raise awareness and funding for Public Art initiatives in Evanston.

She holds a 1988 Bachelor of Business degree from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She received her Master of Arts degree in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 1999.