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.
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 .
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!
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 .
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Chuck and his lovely wife attended the Red Carpet for Hope event on January 11, 2015 at the Trump International Hotel and Tower. Chicago was 1 of 3 cities to host this spectacular event to raise awareness and money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Guests enjoyed a red carpet reception, live auction, cocktails, dinner and presentation of the 72nd Annual Golden Globes. Photo by: Kas Photography
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Our latest retail project is mentioned in Chicago Architect magazine. The segment can be found in the November/December issue for the completion of the Lalique boutique located in The Shops at Crystals in Las Vegas! As mentioned in our previous post here , the art-deco inspired showroom with its warm leather panel and black lacquered running trim throughout provides architectural depth, but also showcases our clients’ products. To view the publication, click here .
CA/ds celebrated its 5th annual holiday party in style or should we say Mystery?? We attended the Billionaires’ Club Annual Masquerade Ball presented by the Murder Mystery Company. One guest from each table is cast as a possible suspect; our very own Patrick Murphy was cast as Owen Cash. We worked as a team to try to solve the murder. The evening was very entertaining and fortunately Patrick was not the culprit. But unfortunately our team “Bo Derek” did not solve the mystery; we are better suited for solving a design dilemma then a murder.
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