Laurels
Best Architects
in Chicago
2017

Why These Architects?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored architects on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best architects in Chicago, IL.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Becker Architects

Established in the Chicago area in 1989, Becker Architects designs commercial and residential projects from new construction to rehabilitation and additions. Becker Architects' three areas of expertise include residential, auto dealerships, and commercial. Becker Architects' residential work has earned national and local awards and recognition in publications such as AIA Chicago Architect, Preservation, Chicago Tribune, Builder, Remodeling, Chicago Home, Better Homes and Gardens, House Beautiful, Driehaus Foundation, and Traditional Home. Beckers Architects is licensed in Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Arizona, and Wisconsin and has a LEED AP on staff. Highland Park's Historic Preservation Commission has awarded Becker Architects nine awards since 1991.

Highland Park, IL(847) 433-6600

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Blender Architecture

Blender Architecture is a Chicago metro architecture and design firm that provides boutique services to residential, commercial, and institutional clients. Projects include the Mason City Public Library, Highland Park Community Family Center, Governor's Island Pavilion, Centers for New Horizons, and the Tiny Homes Competition. Blender Architecture received the 2012 AIA Small Project Award for Bucktown Residence design-build.

Chicago, IL(773) 360-1251

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Booth Hansen

Booth Hansen is a Chicago architecture and design firm that has been in practice since 1980. Booth Hansen's projects include commercial, cultural, educational, multi-family, and single family designs. Booth Hansen teams focus on different aspects of the practice: design, management, technology, communications, research, and sustainability. Booth Hansen has received over 90 local and national design awards, including 36 from the American Institute of Architects. Most recently, Booth Hansen won the Grand Award Winner for Best Custom Home at the 2016 Gold Nugget Awards.

Chicago, IL(312) 869-5000

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Burns and Beyerl Architects

Established in 1993, Burns and Beyerl Architects is a Chicago-based architectural firm specializing in high-end single-family residences and restaurants. Services include concept design, schematic design, design development, construction documents, bid and negotiation, and construction administration. Burns and Beyerl Architects work with sustainable practices and completed a LEED Gold Home in 2011 and are currently working on a LEED Platinum Home. Burns and Beyerl Architects is a 2016 AIA Small Project Award Winner - Classic Georgian.

Chicago, IL(312) 663-0222

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Cook Architectural Design Studio

Cook Architectural Design Studio (CA/ds) is an award-winning architecture firm focused on creating quality commercial and residential buildings and interiors in the greater Chicago area. CA/ds commercial work includes office buildings, corporate identity and tenant build-out, retail, restaurants, community centers, athletic facilities, medical offices, condominiums and apartments, mixed use developments, franchise prototypes, and downtown master planning. CA/ds residential projects include new construction of luxury single family homes, renovations, and additions. CA/ds' LEED Accredited Professionals embrace Green Technology, energy conservation, and sustainable solutions. CA/ds also has projects in California, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Chicago, IL(312) 846-6292

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Dirk Denison Architects

Dirk Denison Architects in Chicago is a full services architecture firm in business since 1990. Services include programming, site analysis, design, preparation, administration of construction documents, and post-construction analysis, as well as interior furnishing and furniture design. Best known for its award-winning residential work, Dirk Denison Architects has experience on a broad range of projects and scales, including multi-family, institutional, and commercial projects. Dirk Denison Architects has won design awards from the Chicago Architectural Club, the National Association of Home Builders, and the American Institute of Architects.

Chicago, IL(312) 455-1388

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Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture

Established in 1987, Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture is a Chicago-based award-winning architecture, planning, and interior design firm serving clients nationally. Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture's services also include LEED/sustainable design and historic preservation. Hartshorne Plunkard Architects projects include residential, office and retail, education and athletic complexes, medical/dental offices, industrial/warehouse, and banking facilities. Hartshorne Plunkard Architects received the Chicago Commercial Real Estate 2105 Redevelopment of the Year Award.

Chicago, IL(312) 226-4488

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KOO LLC

Founded in 2005, KOO is a Chicago-based full-service architecture, interior design, and planning firm. KOO's services include sustainable design, and the firm has certified LEED architects on staff. KOO transforms residential, commercial, and institutional buildings into gracious, inviting spaces. KOO is a certified Minority Business Enterprise, Women’s Business Enterprise, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and a member of the US Green Building Council.

Chicago, IL(312) 235-0920

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Morgante-Wilson Architects

Morgante-Wilson Architects is a Chicago-area architecture, interior design, and urban planning firm. Morgante Wilson Architects' projects reflect diverse styles, from contemporary to classic. Projects span new construction, renovation, and interiors for clients throughout Chicago and in Michigan, Indiana, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Iowa, Florida, and St. John USVI. Morgante Wilson is a multiple AIA Gold Designs Awards Program winner and has four Houzz "Best of" Design Awards.

Evanston, IL(847) 332-1001

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Moss

Moss is a full-service architecture and design studio in Chicago. Design projects include residential, retail and commercial, restaurants, breweries and wineries, urban planning, custom furniture, and LEED. Moss assists clients from site selection and design through permitting and constructions. Moss designs integrate natural light and air, connect to the landscape and green space, create open spaces, and emphasize the use of sustainable materials. Chicago Architecture Foundation chose Moss to be part of its 50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards Exhibit.

Chicago, IL(773) 857-5533

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Nicholas Design Collaborative Ltd.

Nicholas Design Collaborative (NDC) has been a Chicago architecture and design firm for more than 27 years. Services provided include architecture, planning, interiors, construction, and design-build. NDC combines high-level of design with knowledge of materials and construction techniques to produce award-winning designs. NDC can act as general contractor, as needed, to coordinate with various service providers and craftsmen. Recent recognition and awards include Build Direct Magazine's 15 Best Architects in Chicago 2015, two ALA 2015 Awards of Merit, and 2013-14 Trends Top 50 American Kitchens.

Chicago, IL(312) 243-7799

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Norsman Architects, Ltd.

Norsman Architects in Chicago is a full-service architectural practice. Projects include housing and urban development, including mixed-use developments, environmentally responsive adaptive re-use, commercial and residential work. Norsman Architects focus on sustainable design and development and a collaborative approach with all parties. Norsman Architects construction arm, House Plant, Inc., allows for a design-build approach that enables the architects to work more closely with clients and subcontractors throughout the entire process.

Chicago, IL(773) 252-9448

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Northworks Architects

Established in 2005, Northworks Architects is a Chicago full-service architecture and planning firm, specializing in new building design, historic preservation, site planning, construction management, building conditions analysis, and interior design, including custom furniture. Northworks is LEED accredited and licensed in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Houzz has awarded Northworks "Best of" for Design three years in a row.

Chicago, IL(312) 440-9850

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Scrafano Architects

Scrafano Architects in Chicago and Los Angeles has completed more than 300 residential, retail, and commercial projects of all sizes and scales. Scrafano Architects' style is a mixture of modern and classic. Scrafano Architects work with clients throughout the construction process, including architecture, interiors, furniture, permit submission, contractor selection, bid review, and construction observation. Scrafano Architects received an AIA 2011 Design Award and four Houzz "Best of" awards for design and service.

Chicago, IL(312) 929-3210

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Searl Lamaster Howe Architects

Searl Lamaster Howe Architects is a Chicago architecture and design studio that works with clients through each step of the design and construction process. Searl Lamaster Howe Architects' portfolio includes commercial, residential, and institutional projects that range from master planning to renovations to restorations to new construction. The office is a certified Female Business Enterprise (FBE) at the state level and holds Women Business Enterprise (WBE) status in Chicago. Searl Lamaster Howe Architects is an award winning firm and has received multiple AIA awards including Chicago Small Project - Citation of Merit, Distinguished Building Award, and Interior Architecture Award.

Chicago, IL(312) 251-9200

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Space Architects + Planners

Space Architects + Planners is a boutique Chicago architectural firm founded in 2003. Full design services include site and space planning, zoning and code analysis, rendering, marketing materials, and interior design. Space Architects + Planners work with clients throughout the development process from acquisition due diligence to project completion. Projects include designs for residential, commercial, and institutional clients. Space Architects + Planners principals include LEED certified professionals.

Chicago, IL(312) 829-6666

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Square Root Architecture + Design, Ltd.

Square Root Architecture + Design in Springfield is an industry-recognized leader in high-performance and sustainable building design. Square Root Architecture + Design specialties include high-performance homes and buildings, precision construction, LEED-certified designs, energy-efficient homes and buildings, sustainable building materials, and prefabricated construction. Square Root Architecture + Design has two Houzz "Best of" Service Awards.

Chicago, IL(773) 805-3455

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Vladimir Radutny Architects

Vladimir Radutny Architects is a Chicago architecture and design practice founded in 2008. Full-spectrum architecture services include construction cost estimating, building program development, schematic design, design development, construction documents, permitting, bidding and negotiation, and contract administration. Vladimir Radutny Architects also provide interior design, planning and feasibility studies, creative consulting, furniture design, and millwork design. Vladimir Radutny Architects received the 2016 AIA Chicago Small Project Award, Citation of Merit Award Unit 3E.

Chicago, IL(312) 329-1400

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von Weise Associates

Established in 1999, von Weise Associates is a Chicago architecture and design studio. von Weise project areas include residential, hospitality, institutional, commercial, and office buildings. The Spring/Summer 2016 issue of Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago featured von Weise Associates' work on the cover and in an article. Also, von Weise Associates won the 2012 Illinois AIA Mies van der Rohe Citation of Merit Award.

Chicago, IL(312) 337-5511

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Wheeler Kearns Architects

Wheeler and Kearns Architects are architects and building designers in Chicago providing a wide range of services that include building design, interior design, landscapes, furniture, urban design, and LEED. Wheeler and Kearns' work spans scale and type and includes designs for a college theater arts center, an elementary school, indoor ice rink, children's museum, and a painter's studio. Principals Dan Wheeler and Larry Kearns were the 2008 Chicago Tribune's "Chicagoans of the Year" in Architecture. Mr. Wheeler's Inspirataion Kitchens Garfield Park project won the national 2013 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence.

Chicago, IL(312) 939-7787

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