Oak Park, IL Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of an Oak Park 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 Oak Park, IL interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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At TBDA, we are dedicated to creating beautiful and sustainable environments that our clients love. We connect... Read More
Chicago Based, Award-Winning Architecture Studio
Architecture is a collaborative art, and I actively involve clients and builders in the design process.
We offer creative and helpful solutions to have a design which brings beauty and living together. We believe good... Read More
Chicagoland's Custom Architecture Firm
Craftstone Architects, Inc. is a residential and commercial architectural firm that has been helping their...
A 1975 graduate of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, James Vanderheyden... Read More
  • Click to Call(708) 586-8232
  • 28 miles from Oak Park, 4 projects in Oak Park
Best of Houzz Winning Premier Illinois Custom Residential Architect
For 15 years, 12/12 Architects has helped clients with historic and new homes in DuPage county and the Lake...
We are passionate about working as your partner to create thoughtful, nourishing spaces for the things that... Read More
  • Click to Call(773) 570-1749
  • 5 miles from Oak Park, 1 project in Oak Park
Chicago's Sustainable Architecture + Design Studio
Taking cues from the construction industry and environmentally minded design, we strive to craft efficient spaces...
We are licensed / insured architects with 20 years of Midwestern experience in the custom residential and light... Read More
  • Click to Call(312) 321-8395
  • 7 miles from Oak Park, 2 projects in Oak Park
Chicago Based Quality Modern Architecture Firm - Best of Houzz 2018
Senga Architects is a full-service Architectural Design firm based in Chicago. We are easy to talk to, fun to...
At the award-winning Morgante-Wilson Architects, we believe the optimum client-architect relationship results... Read More
  • Click to Call(847) 906-2259
  • 13 miles from Oak Park, 1 project in Oak Park
Chicago Architect and Designer Best of Houzz 2013-2017
Along with custom home designs, JB Architecture Group also specializes in architectural and construction services...
Established in 1980, Studio21 Architects has specialized in designing custom homes for over thirty years. During... Read More
  • Click to Call(630) 789-2513
  • 14 miles from Oak Park, 1 project in Oak Park
Trusted Chicago Architect | Over 30 Years Experience
Jim has provided a full range of Architectural Services in the Chicago Area for over 30 years. Jim has completed...
Eifler & Associates Architects is an architectural firm that concentrates on achieving a balance of both new... Read More
  • Click to Call(312) 362-0180
  • 8 miles from Oak Park, 1 project in Oak Park
Chicago's Trusted Architectural Design Services
Scott A. Shalvis AIA is a professionally licensed architect with 25 years of experience in both construction &...
dSPACE Studio is an award-winning architecture firm dedicated to architecture, interiors, and landscape. The... Read More
Chicago's Expert Architectural Design Firm
kbh architects focuses on providing exceptional residential design to our clients. Whether an elaborately...
Lenore Weiss Studios was founded on the belief that architecture must be inspirational, eminently functional, and... Read More
Chicago's Leading Architect & Design Firm Best of Winner!
We are a small Architectural firm that provides design and construction drawing services for new residential and...
Named Remodeler of the Year by National Association of Home Builders 2016! Michael Menn has been providing... Read More
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I am an architect who primarily works on historic homes doing restoration work or period sensitive remodeling. I...
Elizabeth Taich Design is a full-service interior architecture and design firm that specializes in sophisticated... Read More
We create uniquely personal living and working spaces. As owner of Mark Eric Benner – Architects, Ltd. with... Read More
  • Click to Call(847) 412-0692
  • 17 miles from Oak Park, 1 project in Oak Park
A holistic practice dedicated to the art of design and construction. For over 28 years, NDC has combined a high... Read More
With decades of combined experience, the team at Lark Architecture is skilled in residential and commercial... Read More
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Oak Park, IL
Tom Bassett-Dilley Architect, Ltd.
Architects and Building Designers in Oak Park, IL
"We live in a 1918 Oak Park bungalow, complete with art glass windows and loads of woodwork throughout. Our kitchen was a late 80s powder blue counters and laminate cabinets--did not match our home or our needs for a big family. Tom Bassett-Dilley and his team completely rethought our space and designed a functional and beautiful space that matches the rest of our home. We can now entertain family and friends in a spacious, sophisticated kitchen. The mud room and sun room were also part of this project--reclaiming space so every inch our our house is useable, efficient and stunning!"
- judybat
Arlene Warda, Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Oak Park, IL
"We have a small house in Riverside. It is about 1,000 sf. It is a split level modern house built in the 1950's. We wanted an open plan concept with a cathedral ceiling. We removed wall to new ceiling, creating an upstairs loft. The project was completed in 2001.We have lived in it for 11 years! We love the plan and the cathedral ceiling 16' high. Our room is now open 20'x24', with new skylights above the living room. Arlene was a terrific help. We got our plans on time during the design phase, and got our permits without any new work or any changes to our design. We have enjoyed our redesigned home for the past 11 years and would definitely recommend Arlene to our friends! "
- kellerjobe
James Michael Vanderheyden
Architects and Building Designers in Oak Park, IL
"My husband and I were very happy with James' work for us which included architectural work for our master bedroom and bathroom and our kitchen. Our Oak Park home is a 1906 gem and we wanted to keep the integrity of detail yet become more livable. Both projects included moving walls; designing wooden details--windows to cabinets--that reflected detail in the rest of the house; placing weight-bearing beams to support ceilings and roof; redesigning stairs to basement and back yard, etc. Vanderheyden is a good listener and a solid architect/designer. He worked well with both our contractor and kitchen designer to improve and carry out our designs. We give him 5 stars. Linda and John Hillman"
- lindahhillman
Studio Nigro
Architects and Building Designers in Oak Park, IL
"I discovered and contacted Kim Nigro through Houzz. I am so incredibly impressed with the quality of her design, the depth of her creativity and her super personality. She's very accessible and resourceful. In short, I can't recommend her highly enough."
- Michelle Sinclair Colman
rus architects/renderers, inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Oak Park, IL
"I have worked with Rus Blemker of Rus Architecture for many years on many projects. He is one of the most reasonable and efficient architects in this area. He has complete knowledge of City codes and construction principles. He is completely flexible in providing whatever services are needed for his clients, Working with Rus makes all of our projects flow in a timely well organized manner. I highly recommend Rus Architecture/Renderers for any remodeling projects whether small or large.."
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Morgante Wilson Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Oak Park, IL
"We can't say enough about MWA! We used them as architects and interior designers when building our new home. They listened to us, really got in our heads about our likes and needs, and gave us a perfectly personalized plan. They thought of all the details that we never would have during the building process. Very thorough and professional. And everyone is so nice! These are people you want to hang out with. Even when there were problems and surprises (always are in these projects), they handled everything well. We would definitely recommend them as people and professionals! You will not be disappointed with MWA!"
- ingridjschwarz
Studio21 Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Oak Park, IL
"They do great work and are very creative. We have worked with the firm for well over 18 years now. We are currently working with the firm again too."
- Scott Sevon
Eifler & Associates Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Oak Park, IL
"Eifler & Associates has been involved in two major restoration projects on historic properties for me. They are thoughtful, creative and bring a wealth of experience to the project. Unlike some firms they welcome input from the client, contractors and others on the project. They react quickly to issues as they arise in the field and make sound decisions based on the facts. I would highly recommend them!!"
- timskiy
dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
Architects and Building Designers in Oak Park, IL
"As a Chicagoland kitchen and bath designer, I have worked with the dSPACE group on a number of residential kitchen and baths. They are a talented and professional group. Great ideas and inspired designs flow from the studio on Lincoln Ave. A pleasure to work with on every job."
- Abby Wagner
Lenore Weiss Studios, LLC
Architects and Building Designers in Oak Park, IL
"My home is a beautiful haven, and it's because of Lenore Weiss. She designed and supervised the work on the remodels of two bathrooms, kitchen, family room, living room, dining room, and screen porch. From appliances, to layout, to color, to furniture, to area rugs, to tile, every step of the process was carried out under Lenore's gentle scrutiny, keen design sense, and attention to detail. The jobs were always on schedule, the disruptions minimal, and the final products works of beauty. She is aware of the lifestyle and taste of her clients, and she works to create surroundings that will make them feel at home. I recommend her with confidence and with gratitude."
- nancygrossman
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How do I find the best Oak Park 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 landscaper. 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 Oak Park 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. Different architecture firms in Oak Park, IL provide different services, so the scope of the work can span from pre-design environmental impact studies to selecting furniture and finishes, depending on what your specific needs are.

What sort of process can I expect from a residential architect?

As far as the process goes, the architecture firm or individual 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. There should be plenty of meetings between you and your building designer until you have agreed upon a design that you are completely happy with. Always keep in mind that the designer will have building codes to follow, and likely pre-existing design limitations when dealing with a remodel, so while they might not be able to execute your exact ideas they always have your safety and aesthetics in mind. One of the most important duties of a residential architect is to serve as managers and supervise most aspects of construction, as well as facilitate communication between all other contractors, so you can expect them to be present throughout the entire building process to ensure everything is executed as planned.

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. Residential architects in Oak Park, IL 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 Oak Park 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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