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Urbandale, IA
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Edward J. Shannon, Architect
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Established Architectural Design Firm in the Greater Des Moines Area

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I am a Licensed Architect with over 25 years of experience in commercial, institutional, and residential sectors. While I reside in Des Moines, Iowa, I still maintain a strong Chicago presence and am also available for projects in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan. I design homes and light commercial projects that are inspiring, comfortable, economical, and flow well to enhance livability. I refer to myself as the "Neighborhood Architect" because I treasure old neighborhoods and believe in investing in these. Two Design philosophies I work closely with are The Not So Big House and The Original Green. The Not So Big House: • Values Quality over Quantity • Emphasizes Comfort, Beauty, and a high level of Detail • Doesn't necessarily mean small. It means not as big as you thought you needed, but designed and built to perfectly suit the way you live. The Original Green emphasizes sustainable buildings that are: LOVABLE - If they can’t be loved, they will not last. DURABLE - They must endure, in order to be sustainable. FLEXIBLE - If they endure, they will need to be used for many uses over generations. FRUGAL – because energy hogs can’t be sustained in a healthy way long into an uncertain future. Building a new home is one of the biggest investments a family will ever make. Yet, despite spending a lot of money, a new home can still be flawed by way of planning, structure, and aesthetics. You deserve only the best! Going through a thorough design process with a licensed, seasoned design professional will ensure you get the house that best suits your needs and fits your site. Do it right with an Architect!
Services Provided

3D Rendering, Architectural Design, Architectural Drawings, Barn Design & Construction, Basement Design, Bathroom Design, Building Design, Deck Design, Drafting, Energy-Efficient Homes, Floor Plans, Garage Design, Green Building, Handicap-Accessible Design, Historic Building Conservation, Home Additions, Home Extensions, Home Remodeling, House Plans, Kitchen Design, Kitchen Remodeling, Laundry Room Design, New Home Construction, Space Planning, Sustainable Design, Universal Design, Custom Homes

Areas Served

Ankeny, Beaverdale, Berwick, Clive, Des Moines, Granger, Grimes, Johnston, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Saylorville, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Carlisle, Cumming, Altoona, Bondurant, Door County WI, Chicago Suburbs


Licnsed Architect, State of Iowa, Illinois, NCARB - National Certificate of Architectural Registration Boards, AIA RESIDENTIAL HONOR AWARD, American Institute of Architects Northeast Illinois