Drew Nieman '73 Visits Loyola Academy Architecture Chapter
Architect and financier Drew Nieman ’73 visited the Loyola Academy chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students on Tuesday, November 12. He regaled the group with colorful stories such as the real reason Lake Point Tower has three undulations and not four as was planned. He also shared remembrances of having worked with the giants of architecture Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson as well as George Schipporeit, designer of Lake Point Tower in Chicago.
Nieman is executive vice president at Riverside Investment & Development. He invited the Loyola group to a hard hat tour of the latest creation of his investment firm, 150 North Riverside Plaza—the so-called “tuning fork” building because its core and base are similar in appearance to a tuning fork. His in-depth explanation entailed a discussion of how concrete and steel together can successfully deter too much compression and tension in the frame of the building “just like driving a nail through concrete.”
Vice President of Alumni and Network Engagement Marty Jennings ’98 and Chair of the Fine Arts Department Colleen Aufderheide were on hand to greet Mr. Nieman, along with Jim Cleland, faculty moderator of AIAS Loyola Academy chapter.
Co-presidents of AIAS Loyola Ashley Toledo ’20 and Sofia Nold ’20 represented the students who visited this presentation.
Mr. Nieman ended the presentation with news that his firm is now branching out to Denver, Colorado, to assist in the development of an urban area very much the same as the river front area was in Chicago only ten years ago. “You can’t put all of your eggs in one basket,” he laughed, referring to his multiple giant projects in the Chicago area.