We are adaptable.

Six historic buildings that formerly housed a wholesale produce market were converted into 929 residential lofts, saving an important Chicago landmark and transforming the surrounding neighborhood. The winner of several awards, the project is noted for the meticulous restoration of historic terra cotta façades, innovative steel balconies and subtle additions that preserve the scale and character of the original buildings.

We are advocates.

A Chicago neighborhood with several vacant parcels is revitalized through the construction of sensitively-scaled and carefully-designed infill housing. Nineteen new buildings preserve the spirit and historic character of the area through a well-established palette of brick and stone, expressed in both traditional and contemporary forms.

Park Douglas (P1)
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We are caretakers.

This residential conversion revives an iconic travertine and glass office tower designed in 1971 by Minoru Yamasaki for Montgomery Ward and Company. A complete curtain wall replacement preserves the original design while satisfying contemporary energy efficiency and natural ventilation needs.

The Montgomery
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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 slender residential tower has a form derived from a pair of curved planes, one oriented towards the city center for Amman, Jordan to the southwest and the other to the northern mountains. Punctuated by an array of recessed balconies, these glassy facades create a sculptural form, standing out as an iconic structure within the more traditional urban fabric.

Medina Tower
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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.

The sculptural asymmetry of this luxury condominium building centers upon carefully conceived massing and plan flexibility. Stone, brick and concrete materials provide a rich and refined palette that imbues the form with quiet elegance.

Grant Place
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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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