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.


Years with IDEA
Total Years Experience


Licensed Architect
State of Illinois, 1984
NCARB, 1996

Licensed Architect
States of Indiana and Wisconsin, 2003

Licensed Architect
States of Michigan and Ohio, 2010


Bachelor of Architecture with High Honors
Illinois Institute of Technology

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