Steven Rezabek, AIA, Retires From Position as Partner After 37 Years at PH

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STEVEN REZABEK, AIA, RETIRES FROM POSITION AS PARTNER AFTER 37 YEARS AT PH


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is with great honor and pride that we announce the retirement of Steven Rezabek, AIA, from his position as Partner at Pappageorge Haymes Partners (PH) after an impressive 37 years with the firm and a remarkable 40-year career as an architect.

Steve has left an enduring mark on PH, having been an integral part of the firm's growth. His leadership is reflected in the transformation and revitalization of many urban neighborhoods in Chicago and across the country. From publicly funded in-fill housing to expansive high-rise and mixed-use planned developments, Steve has managed a diverse range of projects. He has also been a driving force behind affordable housing, taking on the majority of such initiatives since PH’s early involvement in the project type. Steve’s contributions have been vital to PH's success, leading to the recognition of several award-winning projects, including Embassy Club, Buckhead Atlanta, Oakley Square Apartments, Rainbow Village, and Emerson Square, among others.

Rooted in his early education in environmental studies, Steve has developed a distinctive approach to residential architecture. His designs revolve around prioritizing human experience and well-being while simultaneously considering the broader impact of buildings within urban and suburban contexts. Steve’s legacy is one of sensible and appropriate architecture that aligns with the needs of residents, developers’ visions, and environmental responsibility. His expertise and dedication to high-performance design have led to the successful realization of numerous projects and enduring partnerships with clients.

Beyond his architectural contributions, Steve has served the firm in matters of finances and as the head of human resources. Through his leadership, he has helped steer the firm’s financial and administrative operations, maintain staff levels, and monitor fiscal and contractual performance. In recent years, he played a crucial role in navigating the firm toward an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and fostering an environment for emerging professionals to gain meaningful experience. As a mentor, Steve has empowered a new generation of architects to achieve new heights and advance their careers.

As Steve bids farewell, he leaves behind not only a legacy of achievements but a lasting imprint that will continue to shape PH's future endeavors. We are grateful for the privilege of working with and getting to know Steve throughout the years. His unwavering presence and dry humor will be dearly missed. We extend our heartfelt congratulations as Steve embarks on his retirement, where he plans to tackle long-postponed home improvement projects. Please join us in celebrating Steven Rezabek’s career and well-deserved retirement!

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2023 Pumpkin Carving Contest

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2023 PH PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST


It’s our much-anticipated Annual PH Pumpkin Carving Contest!

Eight teams submitted their inspiring pumpkin entries this year as well as a special pumpkin entry from our Austin, Texas Office.

Our 2023 first-place winners are David Mata and his girlfriend, who delivered an impressive performance with their pumpkin carving skills! A very close second place goes to the talented Parham Nourikoupaei and Scott Schultz. Last but not least, our third-place honors go to Olivia Cox and Luke Marczewski!

Congrats to the winners, and thank you to all the participants for making this event memorable! Keep scrolling to see all of our creations below!

Happy Halloween!


1st Place Winner

Team Members: David Mata and his girlfriend, Samantha Blanc!


2nd Place Winner

Team Members: Parham Nourikoupaei, Scott Schultz


3rd Place Winner

Team Members: Olivia Cox, Luke Marczewski


Honorable Mentions! (All Others)

Team Members: Greg Klosowski, Chris Woodfin

Team Member: Kathryn Katz

Team Members: Cesar Chavez, Shahryar Beyzavi

Team Members: Mike Henning, Ethan Tsai

Team Member: Elliot Schwarz, Justin Palmer, Kathryn Katz


Special Entry from the Austin, Texas Office!

Presenting "Sheriff Pumpkin" from Texas!

Team Members: Peter Evanich, Sofia Ramos

Sofia Ramos Joins PH’s Austin Office in Texas

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SOFIA RAMOS HEADS TO AUSTIN, TEXAS!


Sofia Ramos has relocated to Austin, Texas, to join PH's Austin Office. Having been an integral member of the Paseo (80 Rainey) project team since its inception, Sofia will now provide on-site support for the project as it undergoes construction. She will be collaborating with Peter Evanich, the current Austin Office Manager, in driving business development activities in the region, while also taking on a supportive role in all ongoing projects across Texas. We are thrilled about her new journey in the Lone Star State and extend our best wishes for her success in her new role!

2023 Staff Promotions

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2023 STAFF PROMOTIONS


We are pleased to announce the promotion of several staff members in recognition of their hard work, dedication, and exceptional contributions to the firm.

In the Architectural Associates Group:
E. Peter Evanich and Donald L. Mouch have been promoted to Associate I.
Cesar Chavez and Scott Schultz have been promoted to Associate II.
Luke Marczewski and Christopher D. Woodfin have been promoted to Senior Associate.

In the Administrative Associates Group:
Elizabeth Becker and Kathryn Katz have been promoted to Associate I.

Additionally, we are proud to announce the promotion of Gregory L. Klosowski to Partner.

These promotions reflect the firm's commitment to recognizing and nurturing talent from within the organization and building a diverse team dedicated to delivering the best design solutions to our clients. These individuals bring tremendous value to our firm, and we are confident they will continue to contribute to our collective success in their new roles.

Please join us in congratulating all members on their well-deserved promotions!

 


E. Peter Evanich, Associate I

Peter Evanich, who has been with PH for 10 years now, is the new representative at PH's second office in Austin, Texas. Having recently relocated to Austin, Peter has taken the lead in establishing the new office and is actively contributing to the firm's business development efforts in Texas. Additionally, he is responsible for managing the firm's AIA 2030 Commitment, driving the firm toward sustainable practices and ensuring that PH stays at the forefront of innovative and environmentally conscious architectural solutions.

 


Donald L. Mouch, Associate I

Donald Mouch is an accomplished and skilled architect with extensive experience working on numerous project types, including banks, retail, single-family homes, master planning, and multifamily residential projects. His expertise has contributed to developing many vibrant and sustainable communities that cater to the needs of diverse groups of people. With his ability to take charge of projects across a wide range of size and scope to clients’ satisfaction, he is an invaluable member of the PH team. Donald is currently leading a number of developments as Project Manager, including Congress Lofts at St. Elmo, a 5-story 149-unit condominium development in Austin, Texas.

 


Scott Schultz, Associate II

With over 15 years of professional experience, Scott Schultz has demonstrated exceptional design skills in both building design and master planning, working on projects of varying sizes and scopes across the country. Scott has been instrumental in some of the firm's most high-profile projects outside of the Chicago area, bringing his expertise to diverse clients and projects. His contributions have been particularly noteworthy in designing the award-winning residential tower at Fifth + Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee, which has garnered industry recognition for its striking design and exceptional contribution to downtown Nashville.

 


Cesar Chavez, Associate II

Cesar Chavez is a seasoned architect with a proven track record of leading successful projects, particularly in the high-rise multifamily sector. During his 18-year tenure at PH, Cesar has amassed an impressive collection of projects in the Chicago area. He is a highly skilled professional who expertly navigates client and consultant relationships. His approach relies on consistent communication to build a mutual understanding with clients and teams to manage expectations, foster a collaborative team spirit, and deliver successful results on every project he undertakes.

 


Luke Marczewski, Senior Associate

Luke Marczewski's comprehensive knowledge of design and construction, combined with his exceptional leadership skills, has enabled him to oversee a diverse portfolio of projects, including new construction and adaptive reuse projects of varying scales. He is equally capable of taking charge of small-scale projects single-handedly, as well as leading a team to complete large-scale developments. Luke’s dedication to seamless project delivery, attention to detail, and design acumen have earned him a reputation as a skilled architect and a trusted advisor to clients.

 


Christopher D. Woodfin, Senior Associate

Chris Woodfin leads his design team with 30 years of multi-national architectural and design experience. He has managed projects from conception through construction supervision in a diverse range of project typologies, including mixed-use, institutional, hospitality, commercial, retail, and multi-family residential. Chris has consistently demonstrated his ability to manage complex projects with high professionalism, working collaboratively with clients to bring their vision to life and delivering exceptional solutions that exceed expectations.

 


Elizabeth Becker, Associate I

Elizabeth Becker is an accomplished and thoughtful professional, who has played a pivotal role in driving the growth and success of PH. As a skilled negotiator, Elizabeth is capable of effectively coordinating multiple project proposals and navigating complex contractual agreements. She is highly valued for her strong interpersonal skills and ability to foster trust and collaboration with clients and colleagues alike. Elizabeth’s exceptional communication skills and ability to cultivate key client relationships have been crucial to PH’s recent efforts in opening the new Austin office in Texas and ongoing leadership in business development in the Austin area.

 


Kathryn Katz, Associate I

As the Human Resource Manager, Kathryn Katz has been an unwavering advocate for the firm's success, especially during the challenging times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. She has effectively led the firm's human resource team in navigating the complex and rapidly evolving landscape of employment laws and regulations while ensuring the well-being of the staff. With her confident and reassuring presence, Kathryn has been a pillar of strength for the team and has provided invaluable support to the firm's leadership.

Beyond her outstanding work during the pandemic, Kathryn has also been a driving force in the firm's efforts to foster a positive and inclusive workplace. She has spearheaded initiatives to improve office culture and implement best practices that promote equity and diversity. Her exceptional leadership in these areas has been instrumental in helping the firm attract and retain top talent.

 


Gregory L. Klosowski, Partner

A gifted sketcher and creative leader, Greg Klosowski enjoys the design process, viewing it as an opportunity for exploration and evolution. His ability to balance creative vision with practical execution has yielded exceptional outcomes for his clients, with many of his projects earning industry recognition for their modern design and functionality. Greg has emerged as a trusted advisor to clients, developers, consultants, and cities, delivering dynamic mixed-use developments nationwide. Greg is currently leading the Paseo, a 48-story, 557-unit mixed-use residential tower at 80 Rainey in Austin, Texas.

Additionally, as a Fitwel Ambassador, Greg is committed to designing human-scaled spaces that promote walkability and public health. He recognizes the importance of pedestrian-friendly designs, especially in urban settings, and works with his team to incorporate these principles into his projects.

Greg's experience prior to joining PH includes founding his own architecture and design practice in Oakland, California, in 2001, where he received local recognition for his work. His entrepreneurial background allows him to bring a unique perspective to PH, which he leverages to enhance his business development strategies at the firm.

In addition to his design expertise, Greg is also a member of the HR committee and works closely with the next generation of PH talent to elevate design and redefine office culture. He brings a strong work ethic to each project, fostering creativity and a growth mindset among his team members. In his new position as Partner, Greg will continue to set office standards, leading by example and mentoring junior architects to ensure the highest quality and dedication to design innovation.

 

First Met Groundbreaking Event

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A NEW MIXED-INCOME SENIOR HOUSING DEVELOPMENT CELEBRATES OFFICIAL GROUNDBREAKING IN HOUSTON, TX


A new mixed-income senior housing development in Houston began construction with a groundbreaking ceremony on February 2nd, 2023. The four-story building is located at 8870 W. Sam Houston Parkway on a parcel of land formerly owned by First Metropolitan Church.

The church's founding pastors, Bishop John Ogletree and Dr. Evelyn Ogletree had envisioned senior housing in the church's master plan over 20 years ago. Now, Brinshore Development and the Harris County Housing Authority are turning the long-held vision into reality, developing a community that delivers affordable and accessible housing for the aging population in Houston. The new development is a meaningful step toward improving the quality of life for seniors in the area, helping to ensure older adults can age with dignity and independence, maintain social connections, and live in a safe and secure environment.

The building will comprise 157 apartments of various sizes, 85 of which are low-income, offering seniors a range of options to suit their needs and budgets. The development is designed to foster the well-being of its residents with amenities aimed at promoting social interaction and a sense of community. Amenity spaces include a club room and activity room, media center, private event suite, fitness center, business center, and pool.

First Met Senior Apartments is set to complete in 2024.

2022 Year in Review

2022 YEAR IN REVIEW





Austin Office Announcement

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WE'VE OPENED A NEW OFFICE!


We are expanding our national reach to a very exciting location - Austin, Texas! With over 15 projects in Texas to date, this second location will enable us to respond more quickly and efficiently to the growing needs of our projects in the region. We are excited about this new opportunity to better support our clients in Texas while expanding our presence nationwide.

Our new office is conveniently located at 600 Congress Avenue. Peter Evanich, who recently relocated to Austin, will serve as the primary point of contact and permanent local presence. He is supported by the firm's leadership, who will continue to split their time between Chicago and Austin to promote the unified growth and integration of both studios.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to our clients and partners for their continuous support and cooperation with our firm. We look forward to meeting the residents, businesses, and organizations that make Austin a great place to live and work!

 

Peter Evanich has over a decade of experience in multifamily, single-family, mixed-use, affordable, and educational facilities. He joined PH in 2013 and has since broadened his portfolio to include projects across the country, with work on several high-profile projects, such as Wolf Point East, The Collection, and Christopher House. His most recent project involvement includes work on 80 Rainey in Austin.

Peter is a licensed architect and a natural leader who has earned the respect of his peers. He has been involved in the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) as a member of the Future Leaders Committee (FLC), where he served as its Communications Manager for four years. Peter is also managing the firm’s AIA 2030 Commitment, driving the firm toward sustainable practices.

In Austin, Peter will be providing technical and professional services for projects in Texas and serving as the primary point of contact for local support.

 

2022 Pumpkin Carving Contest

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2022 PH PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST


Once a year at Halloween, our talented PH staff put their skills to the test in a highly competitive pumpkin carving contest.
On this special day, the tables are cleared of drawings and material samples and instead littered with carving tools and pumpkin bits!
Check out the PHamily's inspiring pumpkin creations!

Happy Halloween!


1st Place Winner - Swamp Creature


Team Members: Luke Marczewski, Richard Higgins


2nd Place Winner - Sweet Treat 3.14

Team Members: Chris Woodfin, Justin Palmer, Michael Henning


3rd Place Winner - Confused Pumpkin

Team Members: Javier Ortiz, Scott Schultz


Honorable Mentions! (All Others)

Team Members: Brittany Hardaway, David Mata

Team Member: Chris Chiu

Team Members: David Zielinski, Kristin Ridge, Ovi Olariu

Team Members: Elliot Schwarz, Shahryar Beyzavi

Team Members: Ethan Tsai, Sofia Ramos

Team Member: Greg Klosowski

Team Members: Kathryn Katz, Tim Kent

2022 Shareholders

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PH ANNOUNCES THE ADDITION OF FOUR NEW SHAREHOLDERS TO ITS OWNERSHIP


We are proud to expand ownership of the firm to Chris Woodfin, Heather Faircloth, Michael Henning, and Luke Marczewski. The new shareholders are representative of PH’s future and encompass a diverse array of backgrounds, perspectives, and talents that enrich our firm. In our quest to promote and design better urban experiences, we continue to foster the talent, processes, and work environment necessary to form a strong foundation for sustained growth. The addition of the new shareholders will allow our company to further implement our collaborative and team-oriented culture.

Congratulations to our new shareholders!

2022 Staff Promotions

2022 SENIOR ASSOCIATE AND ASSOCIATES PROMOTIONS


We are proud to announce the promotion of the following staff members who have performed consistent and exceptional service to our clients, our projects, and the development of our internal capabilities.

Cesar Chavez has been promoted to Associate I. Heather Faircloth, Michael Henning, and Luke Marczewski have all been raised to the Associate II level. Robert Harris has been elevated to the position of Senior Associate.

 


Cesar Chavez, Associate I
Cesar is an experienced architect who excels in programming and developing design concepts. With his experience, Cesar has resolved architectural and construction challenges on some of the firm’s most important high-rise projects, particularly 465 N. Park and K2 Apartments. Cesar has dedicated himself to the architecture profession and enjoys collaboration with clients and colleagues, evident through his recent work on 354 N. Union, a 32-story apartment tower currently under construction in Chicago’s Fulton River District.

 


Heather Faircloth, Associate II
Since joining the practice in 1996, Heather has made substantial contributions to design excellence within the firm. Her creative energies have been applied to several iconic projects in Chicago, from the multiple Museum Park developments in Chicago’s South Loop to 465 N. Park in Streeterville, and to high-rise residential towers in Honolulu. Heather now manages several key projects in Texas, her home state, where she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.

 


Luke Marczewski, Associate II
Over his 15 years with the firm, Luke has evolved from architectural assistant, to project coordinator, to a very effective project manager responsible for managing many of our important clients. He seeks to provide thoughtful and straightforward designs for projects of all types and scale resulting in memorable modern spaces evident in projects such as the award-winning adaptive reuse project at 3228 W. Palmer, Coeval - a two-tower apartment building, and 1400 S. Wabash - a currently under construction mixed-use high-rise building in Chicago’s South Loop.

 


Michael Henning, Associate II
Michael joined PH with an extensive background in large and small-scale projects at various notable Chicago architecture and design firms. He excels at developing appropriate design concepts and strategies, embracing complex issues as opportunities. During his time with PH, Michael has played invaluable roles in the success of various projects such as Clybourn 1200, a mixed-use mixed-income development in Chicago’s Near North Side honored with multiple national awards. Mike is also a talented artist and his drawings and sketches have been recognized in a number of publications and exhibitions.

 


Robert Harris, Senior Associate
Robert is a dynamic leader who effectively manages projects while fostering a positive client experience throughout the entire process. He successfully merges design excellence with complex program details found in many of the firm’s historic renovation and adaptive reuse projects. He communicates with clients through 3D visualization and other traditional design techniques to create architecture that is sensitive and responsive to context. In addition, Robert is a strong mentor who leads the firm’s technical initiatives, systems research, and QAQC practices.

The 2021 Recap

THE 2021 RECAP



RELATED NEWS + INSIGHTS

Carissa Davis Promoted to Controller

CARISSA DAVIS PROMOTED TO CONTROLLER


We are pleased to announce the promotion of Carissa Davis to the position of Controller. Carissa joined PH in 2003 and has served in the roles of Project Accountant, Staff Accountant, and most recently served in the position of Assistant Controller. This promotion recognizes the contributions Carissa has made to PH during her tenure with the firm. Please join us in congratulating Carissa as she takes on this new responsibility!

2021 PH Pumpkin Carving Contest

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2021 PH PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST


The annual PH pumpkin carving contest is here!

A time when PH architects get to reminisce on the long grueling hours in architecture school making models with an X-Acto knife in hand, realizing that architecture school did in fact prepare us for the real world: carving the best pumpkin on the block!

Check out the winning pumpkins from this year and all other honorable mentions!

Happy Halloween!


1st Place Winner - Baby Yoda

Team Members: Michael Henning, Justin Palmer


2nd Place Winner - Mummy

Team Members: Greg Klosowski, Robert Harris, Chris Chiu


3rd Place Winner - Puffer Fish

Team Members: David A. Haymes, Kathryn Katz


Honorable Mentions! (All Others)