Robert K. Larsen, RA

Partner – Architect

A partner of IDEA since 1993, Bob’s extensive technical skills and distinct expertise in creating humane and environmentally appropriate habitats for animals in zoos has significantly deepened the capabilities of the firm. His work has been included in several architectural exhibitions. Bob has worked with the Lincoln Park Zoo for over 20 years, implementing a wide variety of projects for this beloved Chicago institution.

A stalwart champion of continued excellence in the field of architecture and design, Bob has served on juries for the Indianapolis AIA Honor Awards Program and Builders Magazine’s Builder’s Choice Design and Planning Awards.

Selected Experience

  • The Modern Wing and Nichols Bridgeway, The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Regenstein African Journey, Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Anti-Cruelty Society Facade Replacement, Anti-Cruelty Society
  • Kovler Sea Lion Pool, Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Fire Engine Company No. 16, Public Building Commission of Chicago for the Chicago Fire Department
  • West Entry and Regenstein Macaque Forest, Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Hamill Family Wild Encounters Exhibit, Brookfield Zoo
  • Market Café Renovation, The Art Institute of Chicago
  • New Medieval Gallery, The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Tiger Habitat, Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Elephant Protected Contact, Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Kelly, Beecher, Green, and Foster Residence Halls Feasibility Study, The University of Chicago
  • Woodlawn Organization Diagnostic Center and Head Start School, The Woodlawn Organization
  • Chain O’Lakes and Morrison Rockwood State Park Campgrounds, Capital Development Board
  • Chicago Public Schools Major Capital Renovation Program, Multiple Schools, Chicago Public Schools


Bachelor of Architecture with High Honors
Illinois Institute of Technology


Licensed Architect
State of Illinois, 1984
NCARB, 1996

Licensed Architect
States of Indiana and Wisconsin, 2003

Licensed Architect
States of Michigan and Ohio, 2010