We are a full service architecture firm with a diverse clientele. All of our projects, regardless of size, are approached in a site and client specific manner with the goal of developing a design solution that is unique and custom fit to that situation. We believe that emphases on the following considerations make for buildings that withstand the tests of time:
CLEAR DESIGN PROCESS
We strive, at the beginning of each project, to educate our clients about the best processes and procedures that make for effective communication and exchange of ideas. We work through a progression of alternatives motivated by the belief that our architectural intention should be driven by our client’s values and needs.
We promote the active participation of the owner, their representatives and the building contractor at all phases of project development, design and construction. We seek to facilitate and manage effective communications between all involved parties, to prioritize goals with the owner and then to seek solutions that solve as many problems as possible.
CRAFT + DETAIL
We bring a combined 35 years of experience with a variety of building technologies and types, both traditional and current. Our built projects stand as demonstrations of how buildings should work at a variety of scales from their situation within a region and a climate to their sense of craft and detail.
State of Ohio
State of Indiana
1996-Present State of Illinois
2009-2011 State of Indiana (reinstated)
American Institute of Architects, Individual Membership, Chicago Chapter
American Architectural Manufacturer's Association, Academic Membership
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Academic Membership
Building Technology Educator's Society, Founding Member
Chicago Committee on High-Rise Buildings, Member
Construction Specifications Institute, Corporate Member
Between States - 50 Designers Transform Chicago's Neighborhoods, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Railway Exchange Building, 224 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago. The latest in CAF’s multi-year 50 Designers/50 Wards investigation, which explores how designers and residents might equally participate in identifying growth opportunities within all of Chicago’s neighborhoods. CAF challenged 50 Chicago-based design teams to identify a physical asset in one of Chicago’s 50 wards that could benefit from a redesign and imagine a way to transition it “between states.” The meaning is twofold. First, how can the physical state of these sites be transformed? Second, how can successful community-based projects from other U.S. states serve as inspiring case studies for Chicagoans? Exhibited in conjunction with the Chicago Architectural Biennial.
An Architecture Circle - 6 Architects Discuss Their Work, Lieghtner Building, 1006 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Exhibition and panel discussion with Peter Exley, Anthony Hurtig, John Kelly, Scott Rappe and Constatine Vasilios. An official event of Chicago Artist’s Month during the Chicago Architectural Biennial.
Chicago is a Community Garden, Chicago Cultural Center: 72 E. Randolph Gallery. Exhibited designs for Bubbly Dynamic's "Recycled Green Roof" project and the "Urban Barn" prototype.
ReThink/ReDesign/ReCycle, One day exhibit of finalist’s built designs on Daley Plaza, Chicago IL.
Speculative Chicago: Design for "Experimental Station" included in exhibit at UIC Gallery 400, Chicago IL.
Accreditation Faculty Show at Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture.
Fundraiser Exhibit at the Butcher Shop Gallery: Lawton/Leonard studio shown, Chicago IL.
Marshall Field's State Street store. Selected works from Chicago Furniture Designers Association annual show. Work Exhibited: "Notch Tables".
Chicago Furniture Designers Association Annual Show. Work Exhibited: "Notch Tables".
Westside Habitat for Humanity: Work exhibited among top 20 entrants to Chicago's Habitat for Humanity International Competition at Chicago Cultural Center.
Astronaut's Memorial Competition. Work exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute Air & Space Museum, entry submitted to International Competition at Cape Canaveral.
“The Brave New World of Integrated Project Delivery” published in “Ascent Magazine”, editorial journal of the Precast Concrete Institute.
“The Graham Resource Center, Crown Hall” published in “Thermally Active Surfaces In Architecture”, edited by Kiel Moe, Princeton University Press.
“The Sponsored Studio: Academic Collaboration with Industry to Promote Integrated Practice” with Gil Snyder, published in the proceedings of the Building Technology Educators Symposium in Albuquerque NM.
“Updating the Miesian Curriculum”published in the proceedings of the 2007 Building Technology Educators Symposium, College Park, MD.
ReThink/ReDesign/ReCycle exhibit published in October issue of Interiors Magazine.
Feature Article on designer Hannes Weber in Ten by Ten Magazine.
Feature Article on five Chicago-based eco-friendly furniture designers in Ten by Ten Magazine.
Feature Article on Iconography of IIT’s new Student Center in Ten by Ten Magazine.
Feature Article on Ben Nicholson in Ten by Ten Magazine.
Feature Article on experimental architecture of “UrbanLab” in Ten by Ten Magazine.
Review of presentation by “Archeworks” founders Stanley Tigerman and Eva Maddox in Ten by Ten Magazine.
Critique and review of Chicago Academy of Sciences' Nature Museum published in premier issue of Ten by Ten Magazine.
Chicago Public Schools*
Working Bikes, Inc.
Chicago International Charter School*
Uno Charter School
Banner Learning Corp*
Tyco Security, Inc.
ADT Security, Inc
Banner Learning Corp.*
Chicago Public Schools*
Alcuin Montessori School, Chicago IL
The Alden Group, Chicago IL*
Big Baseball, Inc., Chicago IL*
Chicago International Charter Schools*
Office of Inspector General, Chicago IL
Walsh Development Corp., Inc., Chicago IL
Illinois State University, Normal IL*
Chicago Future, Inc., Chicago IL
John Duncan + Anita Sarafa, Glencoe IL
American Quality Schools, Chicago IL*
Town of Remington, Indiana
Argo Tea, Inc., Chicago IL*
Michelle Taufmann + Carl Wasielewski, Chicago IL
Bubbly Dynamics, Inc., Chicago IL*
Mr. Carlos Pena, Chicago IL
Mr. Jean Monjo, Chicago IL
Mr. Duncan Moore, Chicago IL
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago IL*
The Black Beetle Bar + Grille, Chicago IL
The Northside Bar + Grill, Chicago IL
Andrews Construction, Inc., Evanston IL
Mr. Blair Hull, Chicago IL
Mr. Mark Lenzini, Chicago IL
Theo + Dana Killion, Chicago IL
Mr. Cyril Landise, Chicago IL
Evolving Art, Inc., Chicago IL
Mr. Pablo Rubio, Chicago IL
Mr. Steven Rosen, Chicago IL
Walden Woods Development, Schaumburg IL
Daniel Carter + Helen Kraus, Wilmette IL
Acorn Development, Inc., Chicago IL
Jack Spicer + Cathy Gruber, Hyde Park IL
Roscoe St. Development, LLC, Chicago IL
The Michigan Shores Club, Wilmette IL
The Experimental Station, Chicago IL
James + Cynthia Knight, Lake Forest IL
James Lawton + Yvonne Leonard, Bluffton SC
Greg + Laurie Reifel, Glen Ellyn IL
The Fowler Bank, Kentland IN
Mr. Louis Glunz Jr., Wilmette IL
*Indicates repeat clients