Laura Saviano, President

Laura is the Marketing Principal for Ross Barney Architects. The firm’s work has been published in national and international journals, books and newspapers. Ross Barney has received numerous honors including 6 Institute Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects and over 40 AIA Chicago Design Awards.

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, that raises awareness and funding for Public Art initiatives in Evanston.

She holds a Bachelor of Business degree from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico; a Master of Arts degree in Photography from Columbia College Chicago and a certificate in Painting from the Art Institute of Chicago.


David Galloway, Vice President

David (AIA, LEED AP) has had, and fostered, an interest in Architecture and Urban Design for over thirty-five years. He has been a practicing architect for over forty 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. He has long had an abiding interest in Urban Planning and Design.


David 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 over thirty years. He has been past Chairman of the Evanston Preservation Commission, a Plan Commission member, and has participated in The Downtown Plan Subcommittee. He has been a member of Design Evanston for thirty years, serving as its past President for approximately 12 years.

Tom Hofmaier, Treasurer

Tom is an architect of more than 40 years experience, a LEED Accredited Professional and has been a member of Design Evanston since 1998. Professionally he has worked in the design of facilities for pharmaceutical manufacturing and laboratories as well as other, mostly industrial, facilities. Tom maintains a strong interest in good public architecture and planning and believes that those disciplines can positively enhance daily experience. His participation with Design Evanston is based on the belief that Design Evanston can and should help promote good design and responsible planning in the City of Evanston.


Tom’s ‘non-professional’ interests include history, garden and landscape design and the graphic arts. Tom graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana. He moved to Evanston with his family in 1996 after having lived in Chicago for a period of more than 20 years that were interspersed with periods of living in Puerto Rico on work assignment.


Heidrun Hoppe, Director

Heidi is the principal and owner of the Evanston-based architecture firm Heidrun Hoppe Associates, which specializes in designing facilities for children and communities, most especially in the not-for-profit sector. She is a LEED Accredited Professional.


She is enthusiastic about DE’s mission to encourage excellent design and intelligent planning in her adopted city and was a contributing author and editor of Evanston: 150 Years, 150 Places.


Heidi is a serious road cyclist and member of the Evanston Bike Club. To combine her interests in architecture and cycling, Heidi has led several bike tours of architectural sites, including tours for Design Evanston.


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.


Jack Weiss, Director

Jack has held 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 Blake & Weiss for ten years prior to forming Jack Weiss Associates in 1977.


He is a fellow and past president of the Society of Typographic Arts, co-founder and president of the Chicago Design Archive and former chairman of the 27 Chicago Designers. He is a founding member and past president of Design Evanston. Jack is a former vice-chairman of Evanston’s Preservation Commission. In 2014 he was presented the Mayor’s Award for the Arts for his long commitment to the arts in Evanston.


Jack has served on the design faculties of the Institute of Design, IIT and Columbia College Chicago. He received a BS with distinction from the Institute of Design, IIT and a BFA and MFA from the School of Art & Architecture at Yale University.