2,821 Elgin, IL Architects & Building Designers

Is the scope of your Elgin, IL home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a home architect to transform human needs and desires into visual concepts and habitable structures. When you hire an architectural designer, you are not only hiring someone for their architectural services, but also to manage and coordinate other parties involved in the project. As you search through interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More 
Evanston, IL, 60201
31 miles from Elgin
Kipnis Architecture + Planning is recognized as one of Chicago’s premier award winning and sustainable architectural practices. Complimenting a reputation for excellence in... Read More
Jim has provided a full range of Architectural Services in the Chicago Area for over 30 years. Jim has completed over 150 Residential Addition-Renovation Projects in Oak Park-River Forest alone.
Evanston, IL, 60201
31 miles from Elgin
At the award-winning Morgante-Wilson Architects, we believe the optimum client-architect relationship results from closely working together as an active team. We garner client... Read More
Along with custom home designs, JB Architecture Group also specializes in architectural and construction services for renovations, condominiums, townhomes and land planning.
Chicago, IL, 60605
36 miles from Elgin
Burns and Beyerl Architects is a Chicago based architectural firm specializing in high-end single family residences and restaurants. Established in 1993, we have worked with over... Read More
Hrivnak Associates, Ltd. (630) 770-5900
Hrivnak & Associates, LTD will help you determine your needs and desires through architectural programming and generate budgets before investing in design. Contact us today for your home design needs!
Mandy Brown (847) 386-6880
Northfield, IL, 60093
28 miles from Elgin
Mandy Brown Architects PC is an award winning full service architectural firm with emphasis on quality and excellence in design and service. MBAPC was established in 1995 as... Read More
We have served hundreds of clients over the years with projects ranging from simple decks to finely crafted estates. Our returning clients seem to be a testament to our commitment to excellence.
Chicago, IL, 60614
34 miles from Elgin
Chicago Interior Designer, Summer Thornton, established her firm to make the luxury interior design process unpretentious, fun and fresh. Known for her colorful, unabashed, and... Read More
John Stanton (815) 741-0510
Since 1994, Stanton Architects has provided a beautiful array of design to many satisfied clients. Our strengths lie in our Architect led Design–Build philosophy, creating a stress free, one-stop shop
Chicago, IL, 60657
33 miles from Elgin
dSPACE Studio is an award-winning architecture firm dedicated to architecture, interiors, and landscape. The firm’s work is characterized by thoughtful design, innovation, and... Read More
We are a small Architectural firm that provides design and construction drawing services for new residential and commercial buildings, as well as renovations and remodeling projects.
Chicago, IL, 60622
33 miles from Elgin
A holistic practice dedicated to the art of design and construction. For over 25 years, NDC has combined a high level of design with the an intimate knowledge of materials and... Read More
Lankenau Architecture PC (630) 202-8261
Architect in Chicago's western suburbs with over 30 years experience providing creative and timeless design of new custom residences, additions and remodeling.
Lincolnwood, IL, 60712
29 miles from Elgin
-Residential Remodeling including Additions and Custom Homes -Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling: Design and Product Selections -Whole house design: furniture space planning,... Read More
Lexitect Designs ltd (303) 526-8158
We specialize in commercial & residential design & renderings.
SWA Architects (630) 789-2513
Downers Grove, IL, 60515
22 miles from Elgin
Established in 1980, SWA Architects has specialized in designing custom homes for over thirty years. During this time we have focused on providing our clients with an... Read More
Allegretti Architects is an architectural and planning firm founded on the principals of service, sustainability and excellence, love of the natural environment and people shepherd our firm.
Studio Nigro (773) 817-4527
Chicago, IL, 60641
29 miles from Elgin
We believe in the inherent optimism of
 design to elevate the quality of life through clarity of purpose, economy 
of resources, and the natural beauty of material and context. A... Read More
St. Charles, IL, 60174
9 miles from Elgin
Experienced architectural firm with exceptional custom home designs. Over 23 years of working with the discerning home owner to produce some of the area's finest homes. Read More
Randall Architects (708) 853-9439
Riverside, IL, 60546
28 miles from Elgin
Randall Architects is a full service Chicago-based firm that believes in a team approach to designing beautiful residences. Whether it be a new home or a kitchen renovation, we... Read More
Naperville, IL, 60563
19 miles from Elgin
Cory Smith Architecture is an award winning architectural firm. The firm specializes in both new homes and the tasteful renovation of residences. Our belief is that good... Read More
Highland Park, IL, 60035
27 miles from Elgin
Becker Architects is a full-service, award winning architectural firm, established in New York City in 1982. Becker Architects began as an interiors firm, designing tenant... Read More
St. Charles, IL, 60174
9 miles from Elgin
Architects and Design-Builders since 1989, with design projects ranging from finely crafted estates to simple decks Our firm started just like many others...a simple... Read More
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How do I find the best architect for my home design project?


It is best to hire a home architect who will be involved in all phases of the design process, from the initial concept to the completed construction. The architect is often the first person you will hire for your project. If necessary, they might also help you select and hire Illinois subcontractors, which can include the builders, engineers and landscape architects. Interior architects are also involved in negotiating contracts for all involved participants. It is for these reasons that it is extremely important for you to have a good relationship with the residential architect you hire. He or she can be the tie-breaking vote between you and the general contractor and can be your biggest advocate during the construction process. Depending on the interior architecture company that you hire, the scope of the work can span from pre-design environmental impact studies to selecting furniture and finishes.

As far as the process goes, the architecture firm that you choose will start with concept drawings and finish with construction drawings and documents. Some firms even design with 3D renderings and videos, but that should not be assumed. One of the most important duties of an architect is to serve as managers and supervise most aspects of construction, as well as facilitate communication between all other contractors.

It is very important to hire the right professional for the job. Remember that the most well-known or established designer might not provide the best architectural services for your needs. It all comes down to the individual project. Research and ask people whose work you like for recommendations. It's important to have somewhat of an idea of the style of house architecture that you prefer, as well as the amount you would like to spend. Architects are natural problem solvers. They will assess the entire situation and help you to solve your problems too. Don't settle for a single company too early. Call and interview a few. Make sure that you feel like your personalities will mesh well and that you like their professional perspective.

Questions to ask prospective interior architects:


  • What is your fee structure?
  • What does the cost include?
  • Do you have professional liability insurance?
  • Can you handle my special requests (ADA, LEED etc.)?
  • What types of renderings (3D, video, illustrative) will you produce?
  • What is your experience with similar projects?
  • When do you expect to start and be finished with the project?
  • What do your services include? (It's best that the services are until construction is completed.)
  • What happens when the cost exceeds the budget?
  • Can you provide me with references?
  • Would you say your work has a defining style? (This is important in case the architect's personal style will interfere with your vision.)
  • Will you help with hiring a general contractor and subcontractors?
  • What do you estimate the cost will be?
  • What will I need to provide?
  • Are there any complications you foresee with this project?


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