John DeSalvo, adjunct associate professor and Design Studio critic at IIT's College of Architecture, had an opportunity to add to his portfolio in a unique way. In 1993, he accepted a transfer to work in the Berlin, Germany, office of Josef P. Kleihues, in whose Chicago office DeSalvo worked on such projects as the new design of the Museum of Contemporary Art. DeSalvo arrived in Berlin four years after the wall separating East from West was dismantled, an exciting time for an architect. During his 10 years in Germany, DeSalvo went on to work for Sir Norman Foster and for Helmut Jahn. One of his projects was on the redevelopment and reuse of the historic parliament building for the reunified Germany.
In 2005, DeSalvo joined Booth Hansen as an associate principal and project designer on such buildings as the Mandarin Oriental Tower residences in Chicago and a mixed-use development in Kansas City, Mo. DeSalvo co-sponsored architecture student Grahm Balkany in his second-place win for a "Green Concrete" building design in the structure category of the 2007 Second Annual International Student Design Competition featuring environmentally friendly uses for concrete, sponsored by the Portland Cement Association and administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.