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design inspiration

By Senior Project Manager AJ Finn: Design inspiration comes from a multitude of sources and will always help a designer discover creative and unique ideas for their work. Materiality is a basis of architecture and design so thinking about unconventional materials and their possible use/reuse can help the designer unlock potentials. I worked two summers…

As part of our ongoing relationship with our friends at Center on Halsted, EAA and SEAATS were happy to participate in their latest Back 2 School Illinois volunteer event. We enjoyed writing handwritten notes for the children to receive and boxing up supplies complete for their 2022 school year. Serving the Chicago communities is an…

sustainable architecture

By Architectural Associate Luciano Garcilazo: Change in any field seems to take forever to occur. It wasn’t that long ago that not much thought was taken into the amount of waste that was produced in the build out of new tenant space. Everything was dumped in one container and taken away. With the rise of…

sustainable architecture

By Tim Nguyen. Architecture has always been in a miasmic balance between aesthetics, class, and sustainability where capitalism is the typical victor. Luckily, there has been a slow shift towards some sense of equilibrium that allows for voices beyond the old cultural harbingers of rich, white, cis-hetero male architects, and in that societal shift, sustainability…

EAA’s newest conceptual design for an 8-Story Multi-Family Residential project at the intersection of North Jefferson Street and West Washington Boulevard in Chicago’s West Loop Gate neighborhood. It is surrounded by several mid-rise office buildings, high-rise hotels, residential buildings, street level retail, the Kennedy Expressway, and Ogilvie Transportation Center. The site is immediately surrounded by…

working during the pandemic

By Trey Byrom III: With infection rates in a constant fluctuation, it has been challenging to say the least for companies (large and small) to bring their people back to the office. Employers are navigating uncharted territory in a pandemic world, and are charting a new path toward the post-pandemic world. Communication is more important…

gray interior design 2021

Q&A with Stephanie McClelland, Design Director –What is your favorite way to use the color gray in a room? Paint as the primary backdrop in a room is my preferred use of gray. The spectrum of gray from very light and airy to dark and earthy provides a great deal of versatility and has had…

By Senior Interior Designer Christine Lozano: Beige is Back Baby! I am seeing a rise in warmer taupe and beige colors. There is this slow and steady transitions from grays to taupes with a larger dose of beige; not only in the design industry, but in the fashion industry as well. Although, I don’t believe…

By Isabel Moreno-Garcia: Restaurants are leaving more room inside and incorporating outdoor dining. Spaced out restaurant seating feels more spacious and you don’t feel overcrowded. However the best thing to come out from reducing capacities indoors is outdoor dining! Restaurants are occupying large sidewalks and even roads. The city feels more alive when people are…

Pride flag

Recently, we sat down with EAA Architectural Associate Tim Nguyen for a little industry chat, along with a question we posed to all our staff this month – what does PRIDE in the design community mean to you? How do you balance incorporating your own personal style with a client’s vision? Balancing a designer’s personal…