Category Archives: Media

Modern Luxury Article and the People’s Choice Award

Written on April 14, 2017 at 2:15 PM, by

Our client Dan Marguerite was featured in an article on the Modern Luxury website to speak about the new Backyard Barbeque Store space that we were very happy to be part of as the Architect. We couldn’t be happier with the result, so click here to read the article. On another note, as we awaitContinue Reading


US Builders Review Article

Written on March 29, 2017 at 9:17 PM, by

Our Principal, Charles Cook, was interviewed by the US Builders Review magazine to speak about our team, our sustainable and economical approach to design and satisfying our clients’ needs.   “To me, the most important thing is that the perception in the market is that we’re producing high-quality products for our clients and doing soContinue Reading


Best of Houzz 2017

Written on March 27, 2017 at 7:56 PM, by

The Houzz community voted CA/ds as a winner of the Best of Houzz award for the 6th 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 toContinue Reading


Holiday Office Closure: Thanksgiving

Written on November 22, 2016 at 7:29 PM, by

CA/ds will be closed Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th for holiday observation. We will return on Monday, November 28, 2016. We here at CA/ds would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!


A Third Project Construction Update!

Written on November 9, 2016 at 2:25 PM, by

  Our Ramsay Residence project is taking shape. The Plumstone clay roof tiles and crisp white stucco create a bold contrast worthy of a Mediterranean villa. The diamond pattern texture on the bays and the twisted rope columns add a layer of sophisticated architectural detail to the façade. Category: Cads, Projects, Media, Events, Construction


Another Project Construction Update!

Written on November 4, 2016 at 6:12 PM, by

  We have started construction of a very unique project; the third one as a matter of fact for this client. The newest design project is for an Auto Barn to store and showcase a vintage car collection that has been in the making for years. The space is designed to be multi-functional on theirContinue Reading


Project Construction Update

Written on October 26, 2016 at 4:54 PM, by

  Construction activity is well underway at the Sheridan Residence. The green Zip System Insulation Panels help make this lakefront house weathertight but will be clad with maintenance free composite siding and Corten steel panels. Our initial walk through videos of our computer model helped the clients envision what they are now seeing being built.Continue Reading


Best Architects in Chicago 2016

Written on October 17, 2016 at 4:05 PM, by

We are excited and honored to have been selected as one of Chicago’s top 20 architects! Follow this link to learn what we are doing to make this esteemed list.


CA/ds Outing 2016!

Written on October 4, 2016 at 6:25 PM, by

CA/ds felt there was no better way to show off its hometown pride then by taking in a ball game. We brought along our summer intern Amanda who is from Indiana. Amanda not only enjoyed the game but the food at the local Wrigleyville restaurant we went to after. It was a great day forContinue Reading


100,000 Image Saves!

Written on August 26, 2016 at 3:59 PM, by

The Houzz community have really taken to our work as we received a new badge for 100,000 image saves! This is a great achievement as it shows our attention to detail throughout our projects does not go unnoticed! Peruse our website and then click here to view our Houzz page and see why our workContinue Reading


2016 Bookitecture

Written on June 20, 2016 at 4:20 PM, by

  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 areContinue Reading


Happy Easter!

Written on March 28, 2016 at 4:09 PM, by

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?


Houzz Project Feature

Written on February 11, 2016 at 9:40 PM, by

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, theContinue Reading


CA/ds Best of Houzz 2016

Written on January 22, 2016 at 9:12 PM, by

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 toContinue Reading


New Walkthrough on the Lake!

Written on January 5, 2016 at 4:05 PM, by

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 .


Holiday Office Closure

Written on December 21, 2015 at 8:15 PM, by

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!


New 3D Walkthrough!

Written on December 4, 2015 at 7:49 PM, by

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 canContinue Reading


Thanksgiving Office Closure

Written on November 25, 2015 at 7:35 PM, by

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!


Houzz – New Projects!

Written on November 12, 2015 at 9:49 PM, by

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!


2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial

Written on October 9, 2015 at 7:55 PM, by

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 otherContinue Reading


CA/ds Picked Up a New Badge on Houzz!

Written on September 11, 2015 at 8:03 PM, by

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 aContinue Reading


CA/ds on YouTube

Written on August 24, 2015 at 4:07 PM, by

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!


A Past Project and the Pesky Designers Block

Written on July 24, 2015 at 5:39 PM, by

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!


CA/ds – Office Closed for Holiday

Written on June 30, 2015 at 9:30 PM, by

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 – A New Career Begins

Written on June 29, 2015 at 1:44 PM, by

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 theContinue Reading


CA/ds 2015 Summer outing

Written on June 19, 2015 at 3:38 PM, by

  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 ofContinue Reading


Big Changes Coming to IDP

Written on May 26, 2015 at 2:48 PM, by

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 andContinue Reading


CA/ds + Finding a cure for MS

Written on May 11, 2015 at 8:29 PM, by

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.


CA/ds Project Feature

Written on April 21, 2015 at 1:28 PM, by

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 aContinue Reading


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: A Sustainable Approach

Written on April 7, 2015 at 5:18 PM, by

  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 alsoContinue Reading


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