Founder and principal of Rudolph & Associates since 1983, he is an honors graduate with a Bachelor of Architecture degree received from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1975. He is a Registered Architect in Illinois and other states since 1981, is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards , and is a member of The American Institute of Architects .
Since forming the firm, he has been involved in the design and execution of a wide variety of residential, commercial, and corporate projects, yet the primary focus is residential. These include the SOS Children's Village in Lockport, Illinois, the recipient of the 1995 AIA Distinguished Building Award . A variety of twenty-three buildings make up this project of 70,000 square feet, which is the first foster childcare facility of its kind in the United States by SOS Kinderdorf International of Austria. This agrarian Utopia combines vernacular architecture and a picturesque landscape. Phase Two of this project was just completed in 2004, adding six more new homes. Another notable project was the re-design of the Indiana National Bank Tower , Indianapolis, Indiana. The forty-story skyscraper was revitalized with a new skin and skyline lighting. The Palmolive Building in Chicago exemplifies his accomplished use of skylighting and design of public spaces.
The Young Architect Award from the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects was given to Rudolph in 1985. He received national attention upon being named to the distinguished "Forty Under Forty" by the Architectural League of New York in 1986.
In 1991, two of his drawings received national recognition by The American Society of Architectural Perspectivists , located in Boston, Massachusetts. The 75th Anniversary of the venerable Arts Club of Chicago saw him chosen by its Curator, as one of the most prominent Chicago architects since 1916. His work was also included in the "99 Chicago Architects" traveling