Hello, I’m Debra. Welcome to my residential architect page.
The client. The real estate agent. The architects. They don’t always agree but all are critical to a successful outcome and a collaborative process can result in a fabulous home for the client.
The architect is the quarterback of the team… She dreams up the thoughtful design for home, based on the very specific needs and wants of the client. The real estate agent is there to guide the architect and client on current trends in the market, balancing the needs and want of the client with their desire to build a home that stands the test of time. I’ve had the pleasure of working with many architecture firms in my 34 years as a realtor in Chicago. Noted below are three of my favorite talented, thoughtful and creative architecture firms.
Established twenty years ago, Scrafano Architects is one office with two locations – Los Angeles and Chicago – consisting mainly of working mothers. The designers and architects have specialized talents that range from architecture and interior design to furniture and landscape design.
Creating better spaces to live, work, and play:
“We create spaces that are innovative and authentic. Each design solution responds to the client’s specific style, program, and budget. We provide the highest level of service from initial design inspiration and discussions through project construction. Great design leads to a better way of living, socializing and working.”
The residential architect firm is award-winning, too, receiving several AIA Design Awards. The firm has been featured in Dwell, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Social, Western Interiors, Chicago Tribune, Midwest Home, and other publications.
Midwest Architecture Studio (MAS)
Established by Timothy Archibald in 2001 (formerly Han Archibald Design) with a focus on innovative design projects. The studio environment includes MAS partner Bryan Bertola and encourages collaboration at all levels, drawing on the strengths of each team member.
Tim Archibald, AIA, NCARB, has been in the home design and construction industries for thirty years, the past fifteen years as principal/owner of Midwest Architecture Studio. He is a licensed architect in Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, and Utah, and holds certification from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
Tim’s work experience has focused on custom residential design, commercial architecture, and real estate development at the following firms: Elkus/Manfredi Architects, Millennium Venture Group, Kao Design Group, Moshe Safdie & Associates, Turner Brooks Architects, and Peter Corsell Consulting.
Tim received his bachelor’s degree in English from Middlebury College in 1988 and his Masters of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1995.
Gary Beyerl co-founded Burns + Beyerl Architects in 1993. He continues to lead the firm with partner Ed Twohey with an unbridled passion for creativity and a desire for excellence.
Gary received a Bachelor of Architecture in 1984 from Syracuse University. Experience included a teaching assistantship in Architectural History and employment at the University Planning Department.
Gary has enjoyed designing and renovating several homes with his wife. Each has involved hands-on construction experience and experimentation. In 2007, Gary completed a weekend home at Tryon Farm, a conservation development in Michigan City, Indiana.
We strive to enhance our culture through the art and practice of architecture.
We strive for the optimal solution for every design challenge to create enduring buildings that balance ideals, program, aesthetics, and budget.
We strive to maintain an exciting yet controlled environment for project development by utilizing a Project Checklist that organizes our efforts and provides a quality experience.