A proponent of postmodern architecture, his firm's work included the AT&T World Headquarters in New York and Pennzoil Place in Houston. His firm was awarded the AIA Award for Pennzoil Place in 1978.
He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1956, for which he served on the Board of Trustees from 1988 until 2006 and also on the School of Architecture's Advisory Council beginning in 1982.
His architecture firm eventually went bankrupt because of arbitration resulting from partner Raj Ahuja's acrimonious departure.
His family was residing in Chicago when he was born. He retired to California.
He had an extensive partnership with Philip Johnson that lasted from 1967 until 1991; they founded the firm, Johnson/Burgee Architects.