Joseph P. Villanti
Associate, AIA

Joe offers over twenty years of professional experience in multifamily residential, commercial, and mixed-use developments, encompassing the full spectrum of architectural services from pre-design through construction administration.

Soon after earning his degree at University of Illinois at Chicago, Joe joined the staff at Pappageorge Haymes Partners (PH) where he worked as project architect on many of the firms most visible projects in Chicago including, 530 N. Lake Shore Drive, a 29-story residential high-rise, River North Commons, a 200-unit loft conversion, and multiple buildings within the Museum Park Campus. He left PH temporarily in 2004 to form his own full-service architectural firm, Metro.Arch, P.C., Niles, Illinois, which specialized in mixed-use urban residential development. In 2009, Joe joined RuckPate Architecture, Barrington, Illinois, where he was responsible for the design and project management of Northern Suburban Special Education District, a new 55,0000 sq. ft. special needs high school and 22,000 sq. ft. adaptive re-use administration building in Highland Park, Illinois. He later founded baselab, Chicago, Illinois, a full-service architectural design studio specializing in mixed-use urban infill projects with special focus on sustainable high-performance buildings, prior to returning to PH in 2013.

Recent project involvement in and around Chicago includes; The Hudson; 25-story, 240-unit mixed-use development with 10,000 sq. ft. of retail/commercial space, 353 W. Grand; a 32-story, 340-unit mixed-use development (pursuing LEED® certification) with 13,000 sq. ft. of retail/commercial space, 111 S. Peoria; a modern 10-story, 79-unit luxury condominium building. Other projects include 165 S. York; a new 2-story, 7,400 sq. ft. bank facility in Elmhurst, and 1350 S. Michigan; a new 2-story, 14,000 sq. ft. art deco style bank facility located along Chicago’s celebrated Michigan Avenue.

Special achievements include Third Place recognition in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2016 Tiny Home Chicago Design Competition.

Education University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois, Bachelor of Architecture, 1995
Active Licenses/Certifications Licensed Architect, State of Illinois, 2003
Professional Associations American Institute of Architects (AIA), Member
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Illinois, District Champion
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Illinois Prairie Grassroots, Participant
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Member
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), Member
Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), Member
UrbDeZine, Panel Author, 2011 - Present


Selected Projects The Hudson, Chicago, IL
111 S. Peoria St., Chicago, IL
353 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL
330 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL
530 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL
Museum Park, Lofts I, Chicago, IL
River North Commons, Chicago, IL
Lakeside Bank, 1350 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL
Lakeside Bank, 165 S. York, Elmhurst, IL
Lakeside Bank, 1055 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL