2016 Bookitecture

 
CA/ds was honored to partner with KPMG Family of Literacy on its 2016 campaign. CA/ds designed a tugboat constructed using new donated books. This year’s event was the single largest donation of new books; 50,000 books will be distributed to underprivileged young readers; enrolled in the Rahm’s Readers Summer Learning Challenge Program. We are honored to be a part of this beneficial record setting event and look to an even bigger donation next year.

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Happy Easter!


We here at CA/ds hope everyone had a happy Easter holiday and hopefully your Easter egg baskets are full of candy! In the spirit of the holiday, can you find all of the eggs in the photo above?

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Houzz Project Feature


One of our projects was just featured in the Houzz article, Must-Try Color Combo: White With Warm Off-White ! The article discusses a technique to get past “painter’s block” without going too traditional and clean. The featured project is our previously completed Minnesota Residence (more imagery can be found here ), and in particular, the stair hall in the Mudroom. Head on over to the article for helpful tips and be sure to check out our featured project’s gallery as well as our many other projects!

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CA/ds Best of Houzz 2016


The Houzz community voted CA/ds as a winner of the Best of Houzz award for the 5th straight year! We’ve always taken great pride in providing in-depth, personal designs for our clients and this award is a reflection of the hard work we put in. Whether you’re on Houzz or not, click on over to our page here to see our work.

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New Walkthrough on the Lake!

We have uploaded a walkthrough of one of our newly designed lakeside homes. We maximized the design on a small lot offering dynamic materials and expansive lakeside views. As always, we have a few more walkthroughs that can be found on our YouTube channel here .

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Holiday Office Closure


CA/ds will be closed Thursday, December 24th – Friday, January 1st for the holidays. We will return on Monday, January 4, 2016.

Just like our gingerbread house, we hope all of you have award winning holidays!

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New 3D Walkthrough!

We wanted to reach out to let you know that we recently uploaded a brand new walkthrough of our new North Shore projects! We love to use walkthroughs when speaking with clients to help them understand how the space will feel and ultimately make various decisions. We do have a few more walkthroughs that can be found on our YouTube channel here .

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Thanksgiving Office Closure


CA/ds will be closed Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for holiday observation. We will return on Monday, November 30, 2015.

We here at CA/ds would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Houzz – New Projects!

New project alert! We recently uploaded two new projects onto our Houzz page. Not on Houzz? We highly recommend it for design inspiration. Click here to check out our new and previously uploaded projects. Enjoy!

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2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial


If you didn’t know, the 2015 Architecture Biennial, taking place in Chicago, began last week! Running from October 3, 2015 until January 3, 2016, the topic is “The State of the Art of Architecture” and will be explored through various events including lectures, workshops, tours, performances and screenings at the Chicago Cultural Center and other locations across the city! You can access the calendar of events here , so get out and enjoy the many great events, as we at CA/ds sure will!

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CA/ds Picked Up a New Badge on Houzz!

Are you a member on the website Houzz? We at CA/ds were just awarded the “Influencer” badge which is given for advice and knowledgeable posts appreciated by the Houzz community. We take our work seriously and are equally glad to see that our work aids and inspires other people. If you’re on Houzz take a look at our work, and if you’re not, join in on the fun!

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CA/ds on YouTube

Did you know we have our very own channel on YouTube? Click here or search our username, CookArch, to view 3D walkthroughs of projects that we have uploaded. Stay tuned, because, we will be adding a fresh batch very soon!

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Kitchen Typology: A Home’s Central Node

 
The kitchen in many family circles is the most important room in the house. It’s a room with many uses, ranging from food preparation to being the central node of socialization. We designed these kitchens with consideration to our client’s requirements for cooking and entertaining, ultimately giving them the kitchen of their dreams!

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A Past Project and the Pesky Designers Block


Freshhome magazine recently posted an article titled, 10 Ways to Conquer Your Home Design Creative Block , featuring one of our past projects! The article discusses ways to get past designers block, so be sure to check it out along with our project which is located under the “Paint Swatches” tip!

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CADS: An Office Tour

   
It’s been a few months since moving into our new office space and we couldn’t be happier! A welcoming reception area flows right into our conference room containing a wall of glass with an expansive view. We designed the kitchenette/workroom to be efficient and utilized ¾ height walls to promote a sense of openness and flow. The building’s concrete floor structure and clean mechanical ductwork allowed us to expose the ceiling creating a very contemporary aesthetic that adds visual interest and really opens up the studio. Anytime you’re in the area feel free to stop by to see it for yourself!

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CA/ds – Office Closed for Holiday


CA/ds will be closed Friday, July 3rd in observation of Independence Day and will reopen Monday, July 6th. We hope all of you enjoy the holiday weekend with family, friends and fireworks!

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CA/ds – A New Career Begins


CA/ds welcomes its’ new newest team member. Mr. Diehl earned his Masters of Architecture in May 2015 as well as his Bachelors of Architecture in 2014 from North Dakota State University. Mr. Diehl is excited to start his new chapter in Chicago, and what a time to become a Chicagoan, while the Blackhawks clinched the 2015 Stanley Cup Championship.

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CA/ds 2015 Summer outing

 
Batter up! CA/ds held their annual Summer Outing last Friday consisting of a baseball game at the newly renovated Wrigley Field! Mother Nature wasn’t very cooperative with the cold temperatures and rain, but that didn’t stop the team from having fun! The renovations of the stadium turned out very well keeping the integrity of the historic field intact. In terms of summer, a day at the field is always a recommended activity for the season!

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CA/ds – A New Kind of Addition

Like our projects an addition takes time and planning, after an intensive interview process CA/ds is pleased to announce the addition of a new Architectural Intern to the firm. Logan Diehl will be joining our ranks on June 2, 2015; he is relocating here from North Dakota. Just in time to enjoy some summertime activities around the city.

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Big Changes Coming to IDP


Have you heard about the changes to the Intern Development Program (IDP) yet? As of July 1, 2015 the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) will no longer require elective hours, reducing the number of hours down to the 3,740 core hours currently required. Each jurisdiction sets its own requirements for initial licensure and may require additional requirements such as minimum employment duration, so be sure to check your state’s licensing requirements here .

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CA/ds + Finding a cure for MS


May 3, 2015 marks the fifth year CA/ds has sponsored the “Fine with an MS Free World” team. The team walked in Glenview, Illinois this year and our contribution helped them achieve their team goal. We congratulate all the participants at this site, who together raised over $226,000.00 towards finding a cure for MS.

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CA/ds Project Feature


True Excitement! That’s how we felt when asked to feature one of our latest lake front homes in the recent issue of Modern Luxury NS. The article highlights some of the many unique design features, like the ‘true north’ compass and gets the homeowners perspective on how the house responds to their goals. It’s a one of a kind house on a spectacular property and you can read all about it by picking up a copy of the magazine or you can see an abridged version in the on-line article here . We know you will be truly glad you did.

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Staff Promotion


We are proud to announce that Patrick Murphy has been promoted to Assistant Project Manager. Patrick continues to bolster the ideology of CA/ds with our clients and fellow employees. In addition to managing multiple projects, Patrick was instrumental with the design of our new office space, as well as monitoring the construction activities. We look forward to his continued growth in the profession and with CA/ds!

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: A Sustainable Approach

 
CA/ds is a firm believer in sustainability and giving back to the community. As part of our office move we were happy to be able to donate a wide variety of new and gently used office supplies to PAWS Chicago, which they sorely needed per their office staff. Our client Merrick Pet Care also generously donated all the food for the animals in the shelter.

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CA/ds Move – Out with the old, in with the new

 
Our office will be closed on Friday, April 3, 2015 so that we can move to our new location at: 150 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2360, Chicago, Illinois 60606. Our new office is just across the river from the Merchandise Mart allowing us to keep our convenient access to many showrooms in the River North neighborhood. The new office has inspiring city views and the convenience of valet parking for our clients and visitors. Stop in to see for yourself next time you are in the area!

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University of Michigan Extern


We recently hosted an architecture student from the University of Michigan for a week long externship. Our student, Tim, was assigned to complete many marketing, drafting and office tasks consisting of renderings and putting together competition boards. Our office has strong ties to the University with most of our staff calling it their alma mater and we believe in the strong and continuous pipeline to give students educational and professional experience that they can use as a springboard moving forward.

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Neolith: Style, Flexibility

   
Neolith is a sintered compact surface material that can be used on many different applications. This product can be used on exterior facades, flooring, wall cladding, kitchens, baths and sinks. Its wide range of uses makes it a very appealing architectural resource. The products compact nature affords it with great strength but also a stylish look. The fireplace is a strong focal point in our single family home project in Georgia, so we specified Neolith as wall cladding to make a contemporary statement that is both dynamic and sophisticated.

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CA/ds ramps up Interiors

Our team has become even more talented, with Ms. LaVigne receiving her Interior Design license from the State of Illinois. Ms. LaVigne’s pursuit and achievement of this accreditation reinforces CA/ds’ holistic, detail-oriented approach to all phases of the design process on every project.

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Kids, Crafts and Valentine’s Day

 
These spaces are sure to be bustling with activity making the best Valentine’s Day card yet! We designed these spaces for the kids to do homework and give them a space to be inspired in creating artistic masterpieces! “You can never start an artist too early.” We would like to wish you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

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CA/ds and Luxe Magazine

Have you seen us in recent issues of Luxe magazine? We believe in thorough, personalized, creative and forward thinking design and felt being part of Luxe was a great way to bring attention to our work. While most of our work is in the Chicago, North Shore area, we have also completed projects around the country. Luxe magazine is a national design resource publication available at your local bookstore. Be sure to look for us the next time you browse an issue!

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