Berlin (1999)

← Back to Learning Location: Berlin Description: Though the work we do as designers and architects is exciting and challenging, inevitably, our enthusiasm for the new and beautiful wanes as we become entrenched in our repetitive tasks. Our office decided on travel as a way to renew our excitement about the design process. We chose…

Amsterdam (2000)

← Back to Learning Location: Amsterdam Description: For five days in December of 2000, we chose to visit the Netherlands because we find it interesting that the government there spends over 25% of the GNP on social programs, including housing. We decided to investigate the innovative strategies of product design and planning that houses Holland's…

The Jackson Renaissance

← Back to Our Work Location: Davenport, IA Work Category: Senior Living Description: The Jackson Renaissance is a 48 unit, independent seniors' apartment project in Davenport, Iowa. The project consists of two buildings, a 4-story existing National Historic Landmark and a new 3-story addition with connector link. The existing building is a historic school building, originally…

Heritage Woods of Gurnee

← Back to Our Work Location: Gurnee, IL Work Category: Senior Living Description: Heritage Woods of Gurnee is a three-story Supportive Living Facility with 105 dwelling units, consisting of a mix of 72 one-bedroom and 33 studio units. The building’s placement on the site creates a sunny, east-facing entry courtyard, while preserving existing natural site…

Heritage Woods of DeKalb

← Back to Our Work Location: DeKalb, IL Work Category: Senior Living Description: New construction of a 76 unit Supportive Living Facility. The building is located next to the DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center, forming a continuum of care community. The building has a number of common areas that enrich resident life, including a…

Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Care

← Back to Our Work Location: Bloomington, IL Work Category: Senior Living, Healthcare Description: The redesign of Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Care consisted of major renovations and additions to a nearly 50-year old skilled nursing facility in Bloomington, Illinois. The project's overriding challenge was to integrate contemporary practices in patient-centered care and therapy within…

Kedzie Green Life

← Back to Our Work Location: Chicago, IL Work Category: Market Rate Description: A mixed use building featuring the integration of sustainable prinicples into the construction as well as finishes. Centered around public and pedestrian transit, the structure is located immediately adjacent to the CTA Green line. The building incorporates ground-level retail space with a…

Green Homes For Chicago

← Back to Our Work Location: Chicago, IL Work Category: Affordable Family Description: This competition entry for the design of an affordable "Green" home in Chicago was selected from over seventy local and international entries. The project explores the concept: To be sustainable the house must be accessible; to be accessible, the house must be sustainable.…

Prairie Pointe

← Back to Our Work Location: Monmouth, IL Work Category: Affordable Family Description: New construction of a 40 unit affordable family housing development. The project was funded using Affordable Housing Tax Credits, and was designed to be sustainable and energy efficient, including cedar sunshades on south facing windows. Each unit also has its own covered…