Notre Dame Cathedral Fire: Finding Hope

Regardless of your religion, the burning of the Notre Dame Cathedral was devastating for so many of us. I had come home for lunch, turned on the TV, and saw this happen live. It was hard to believe because that …

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Why Good Photography of Design Projects Matter

Choosing the photos to put on the walls of our new office got me thinking about project photography and why good photography of the completed project matters. Usually, when a design project finishes up, the construction and any landscaping are …

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Visualization Drives the Design of Our New Office

Studio21 Architects recently designed, built, and moved into our new office space in Downers Grove. It resulted in an incredible change in our physical surroundings which has then had a positive effect on the way we feel at work. It …

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Vintage Road Racing At Road America

The VSCDA Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival September 14-16, 2018 Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin Sports car racing became popular in the United States shortly after WWII. Some of the early races were held on the public roads of villages such …

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Project Spotlight: East Village Apartments

The East Village Apartments is a development by Forth Group, designed by Studio21 Architects. We sat down for a brief Q & A with Forth Group president Scott Seger about the project. What is your background in multi-family developments? We …

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Plan Now for Options Later: Aging in Place

I’ve had a number of recent conversations with various friends about the cost required to move their parents into assisted living. It’s a phenomenal amount of money and there’s got to be a better way, one where you can remain …

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Project Spotlight: Exodus one

Since 2013 Studio21Architect’s Tom Fend has been working with Ron Plonis of Exodus One, a Naperville based developer and renovator of high-quality homes in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Pictures shown are the most recent of the four projects that …

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Influencers: The great ones are always pushing

Who inspires you? For me, it’s been a combination of people at different points in my life and career. One thing I’ve noticed is that the best mentors, the great ones, are always pushing. I’ve been fortunate to have so …

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