John Burgee graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame in 1956, and served on the university’s Board of Trustees from 1988 until 2006, when he was named trustee emeritus, and on the School of Architecture’s Advisory Council from 1982. John Burgee and Philip Johnson established Johnson/Burgee in Manhattan in 1968, with Burgee as the firm’s CEO. They collaborated together on many designs, including the IDS Center. He was the co-chairman of the Architectural Committee of the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Centennial Commission. Burgee was president and chairman for the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies.