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Best Architects
in Chicago
2021

Why These Architects?

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

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 2. Qualifications

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 4. Experience

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

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Gibbons, Fortman & Associates FEATURED Expertise

Gibbons, Fortman & Associates is a Chicago-based architecture and design agency serving residential and commercial clients. The firm's partners have worked together for more than 25 years, creating designs that range from classical to modern. Each project represents the team's commitment to detail and quality. Gibbons, Fortman & Associates collaborates with contractors and suppliers to achieve a finished product that surpasses its clients expectations. The firm's other services include renovations and new construction.

900 N Franklin St Ste 612
Chicago, IL 60610

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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 60035

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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.

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.

Ellipsis Architecture

Ellipsis Architecture is a Chicago-based architecture and interior design firm that uses progressive technologies to deliver unique projects to its clients. Its designers help with pre-design architectural services such as site and ordinance analysis, building assessment, title search, budget, team selection, and project goals. The team utilizes a design that promotes and nurtures a modern lifestyle to build sustainable, durable, and enjoyable spaces. The company is a recipient of the AIA Chicago Small Projects Honor Award.

320 W Huron St # 3W
Chicago, IL 60654

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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 60604

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Lark Architecture

Lark Architecture is a full-service architectural firm based in Chicago that is skilled in custom residential and small commercial designs. The firm's services include interior and sustainable design, construction management, as well as furniture and product configuration. To lessen its clients' workload, the team assists with permit coordination, bidding, and contract negotiations. Lark Architecture additionally provides environmental graphic design, fixture/lighting design, and greenhouse building services. Its founder is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board.

2914 N Woodard St
Chicago, IL 60618

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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.

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.

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.

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 60654

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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.

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.

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 60654

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