Regina Dominican Re-Envisioned: Regina announces capital campaign Building Her Tomorrow | Chicago North Shore Moms

Students from Regina Dominican High School Her Tomorrow program.

There are great things happening at Regina Dominican and the future is strong as they announce the launch of Regina Dominican Building Her Tomorrow! On Tuesday, September 13, the Regina Dominican community gathered with alumnae, graduate and current parents, friends and staff to celebrate the transformational campus master plan designed by Carol Ross Barney ‘66. Campus plans were then shared with current Panthers to remind them that this project is for them and for future Panthers to enjoy!

Phase 1 of the project creates a student-centered experience from the moment you walk through our doors. The new Heart of the School will feature a light, open space that houses the commons, the dining space, and a broad “meeting staircase” where our school community can come together for weekly gatherings and activities. Regina Dominican Senior, Beca Marqueda ’23, spoke at the campaign launch stating ” Everyone here knows that the true magic of Regina comes from the people, the teachers, the students, and the staff that form a loving, caring, and supportive community. With this renovation, the building will finally reflect what is special about Regina”.

A rendering of the learning gathering spaces in the new school.


The architect behind the new campus plan is Regina Dominican alum, Carol Ross Barney ’66. Drawing on her time as a student and now as a board member, Carol had many ideas about how to re-envision Regina’s campus in the new master plan. Nonetheless, she wanted to learn from all who call Regina home. She asked the experts on Regina, our students, on what could be improved from their perspective. Remarking about the importance of this project, she said, “My favorite job and the one that has been really filling my time lately is rethinking Regina for this century and for these students.” Carol Ross Barney, was honored as a 2021 recipient of the Order of Lincoln, the state’s highest honor for professional achievement and public service.


Architect Carol Ross Barney on site of her project at Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette.


Some of Carol’s additional career highlights include:

  • Founding member and first president of Chicago Women in Architecture
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Chicago Riverwalk
  • Lincoln Park Zoo, Searle Visitor Center
  • McDonald’s Chicago Flagship
  • Oklahoma City Federal Building

To learn more about the Building Her Tomorrow campaign, please visit To follow construction progress, follow us on social media! Facebook: @reginadominicanhs, Instagram: @regina_dominican and TikTok: @regina_dominican


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