Bachelor in Philosophy, Georgetown University, 1973. Master of Architecture, Princeton University, 1976.
Principal Hammond Beeby & Babka, Chicago, 1977-1986. Director architectural design Swanke Hayden Connell, 1986-1987. Principal John Syvertsen Architect, since 1987.
Faculty architect University Illinois-Chicago, 1978-1985.
President board education St. Athanasius School, Evanston, Illinois, since 1988. Board directors Boy's Hope, Evanston, since 1988. Member American Institute of Architects (vice president board Chicago chapter since 1988, national steering committee on design since 1981), Chicago Architectural Club (executive committee 1983-1986, Young Architect award 1987), 40 under 40 Archl.
Married Ann Mary Lowery, June 22, 1974. Children: Andrew, Martin, Ellen, Philip.