Professor of Architecture
Areas of Expertise
Sports stadium design; architectural history and theory; ecological urbanism; urban design, theory and planning
Bess is an expert on sports stadium design, particularly on baseball stadia. He teaches graduate urban design and theory, with a particular interest in Catholic and classical humanist intellectual and artistic traditions in the context of modern American life and the contemporary culture of architecture and urban design. From 2004 to 2014 he was the School of Architecture’s Director of Graduate Studies. In the fall of 2011, his studios began an award-winning, multi-year project called After Burnham: The Notre Dame Plan of Chicago 2109, which focuses upon contemporary metropolitan Chicago. From 1987-88, he was the director and principal designer of the Urban Baseball Park Design Project of the Society for American Baseball Research, and in 2000 he directed and coordinated the ultimately successful “Save Fenway Park!” design charrette in Boston.
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The New York Times — George Lucas’s Museum Plan Inspires ‘Clout Politics’ in Chicago
The Tampa Tribune — Rays could take cue from planned ballpark district in Atlanta
The American Conservative — What to Do With Waterfronts?
The Wall Street Journal — Cubs Draw Boos From the Rooftops
ABC 7 Chicago — Report: Emanuel pitching ‘Fenway Plan’ for Wrigley
Associated Press — In a Century at Wrigley, Innovations Abound
Minneapolis Star Tribune — Back in the ballpark