We are adaptable.

A windowless and literally frozen cold-storage warehouse was transformed into luxury residential lofts. A key to its success was using the structure's unused capacity to support a contrasting six-story addition. This value-added feature and its clock tower have become an iconic landmark in Chicago's South Loop.

Dearborn Tower
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We are advocates.

The building’s “active design” and colorful articulation echo the progressive ideology on which the school’s learning approach is based. Highly efficient floor plans and the interconnection of interior and exterior space provide a flexible environment that encourages individual and social engagement at multiple levels.

We are caretakers.

Designed for office usage and completed in 1893, Old Colony was the tallest building in Chicago at the time of construction. The redevelopment to student apartment-style residences was crafted to take advantage of surviving historic components, including marble clad walls, interior glazed office partitions, ornate trim, mosaic floors, and precast “scagliola” plaster.

ARC at Old Colony
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We are collaborators.

The adaptive re-use of an existing bowstring truss building for the office and studio of a preeminent toy designer playfully mimics the studio’s creative function. The design’s whimsical spatial arrangement and eclectic mix of elements and finishes bespeaks the unique synergy between client and architect.

BMT Design 2
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We are global.

This new modern high-rise is viewed as the catalyst for the emerging urban neighborhood ‘Kakaako', in downtown Honolulu. The tower is distinguished by a full height iconic architectural element that ties the grade level entry canopy to a projecting cornice, thereby unifying the overall composition while reinforcing the residential character and identity of the building.

Waihonua at Kewalo
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We are pioneering.

The extensive renovation and residential conversion of the seven-story, Victorian-era piano factory included the addition of a brightly colored steel superstructure, serving as a framework for exterior terraces on its north side, and a new enclosed parking garage. On the interior, several of the custom designed interiors utilize "house-like" pavilions in place of walls or partitions to shelter specific private functions and break up ballroom-sized areas. Throughout all of the spaces, air conditioning and heating ducts are exposed, which like the wooden columns of the old factory, serve to continually remind the viewer of the industrial origins of the building.

Clybourn Lofts
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We are placemakers.

As the high-density, mixed-use focus of the 1,100-acre redevelopment of an abandoned naval air station, the Glen Town Center is designed to evoke and reinterpret the classic, main street shopping districts of nearby Lake Forest and Winnetka.

We are sustainable.

The unique form of this mixed-use residential tower is derived from the interface between two angled ellipses that slide apart. This arrangement orients windows towards select view corridors, and enables a highly functional unit configuration while maintaining the building’s organic integrity. The tower is pursuing LEED® Silver Certification.

465 North Park
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We are urban.

Situated on the former site of the Cabrini Green housing project, this mixed-income development applies a modernist language to the traditional row house format in a way that maintains the neighborhood scale while seamlessly blending low-income and affordable housing units together.

We are architects.

We are architects. As architects, we excel at all of these things at once and more. We embody our profession in the largest sense, as planners, strategists, thinkers, builders and achievers. In each of our projects, we believe architecture must also be many things: practically considered, carefully crafted, thoughtfully connected, and beautifully designed. Our diversity, our history, our experience, our passion, our creativity and our vision all supply us with the unique capacity to design extraordinary buildings and thriving communities.

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