Edward K. Uhlir

Executive Director, Millennium Park Incorporated

Ed Uhlir was appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley as design director of the Millennium Park Project after a 25 year distinguished career at the Chicago Park District. He was responsible for the final master plan for Millennium Park, served as the master architect and developed and managed the competition for the Lurie Garden. Uhlir now serves as executive director of the not-for-profit Millennium Park Foundation.

Ed is an architect and a graduate of the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Chicago Chapter presented him with their Distinguished Service Award. Millennium Park and Ed Uhlir have received more than 40 awards, including the Barrier Free America Award, presented to him by the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

He is a board member of the Washington D.C.-based City Parks Alliance, a board member and secretary of NeighborSpace, and a member of the State of Illinois Public Art Advisory Committee. Uhlir is a recognized authority on park development, has lectured to a wide variety of audiences and is the author of “Ark in the Park, The Story of Lincoln Park Zoo.”