REMAKE ARCHITECTURE GUIDES HOMEOWNERS THROUGH THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION PROCESS, TO MAKE IT LESS OVERWHELMING AND TO MAXIMIZE YOUR HOME'S POTENTIAL, LETTING YOU ENJOY THE EXCEPTIONAL RESULTS.
We start each project by identifying the best parts of the building and ways to maximize its improvement. Working alongside our clients we use our architectural, environmental and construction expertise to deliver effective design solutions that pay close attention to cost, functionality, and the environment.
Working with Sylvia was excellent. She is client-focused, collaborative & knowledgeable. Sylvia has a great sense of style and blends an eye for art with technical expertise and practicality to design life-enhancing spaces. I would gladly work with Sylvia again and recommend her highly."
- Jerry Brennan (Evanston)
We loved working with Remake Architecture. Sylvia used creative solutions to design an efficient, organized space that reflects our family and brings us joy every day. Remake Architecture continued their involvement once construction began, responding to questions from the contractor. Thanks to Remake, we revived a 130-year-old house and have fond memories of the process.
- Sarah Zaharako (Evanston)
Sylvia was absolutely the right architect for our remodel project. She combined a good eye for design with efficiency and a practical, down-to-earth approach. Not least for us, she was knowledgeable and committed to planning the most environmentally positive project possible. We would hire her again without question."
- Peter Gann (Evanston)
We have had the absolute pleasure of working with Sylvia on two separate projects. She has an amazing eye for potential, while managing to keep project scope realistic and feasible. She is open with her expertise, taking time to ensure that we fully understood each step of the process - which is a gift when you're dealing with something that feels insurmountable. We hope to work with her again one day.
- Caitlin Savage (Skokie)
Sylvia was extremely helpful and patient with us during the design phase, offering numerous recommendations to maximize space and ensure its versatility. She was responsive and worked seamlessly with our contractor to make certain drawings were prepared for permits and construction. We had a great experience and would definitely recommend Remake Architecture."
- Mike van Haelewyn (Evanston)
Thanks to Remake Architecture for turning a challenging project into a wonderful experience."
- Bob Parris (Skokie)
Sylvia was a thoughtful and creative problem-solver who took our ideas and made them better."
- Cheryl Charnas (Northfield)
Sylvia brought the highest degree of expertise and excellence to our project. Sylvia kept us well informed as progress proceeded and represented our interests well, seeking the best value for the investment in services. Our confidence in Sylvia's professional judgment has been rewarded with a completed project that would have been overwhelming to tackle on our own!
- Veda Neumann (Park Ridge)
We would recommend Remake Architecture to anyone!"
- Erin Silva Winston, Cooked (Chicago)
Architect + Director
Sylvia is Founder and Director of Remake Architecture. Since its inception in 2010, Sylvia has lead the execution of projects, predominantly in Chicago's Northshore, ranging from historic renovations, additions and new construction. With over 20 years of experience working in high-end, sustainably-driven architectural practices in Chicago, New York and London, Sylvia understands the diverse interests of clients from both the perspective of an owner and investor.
Prior to founding Remake Architecture, Sylvia was a lead designer and environmental architect at BDP in London, and FXCollaborative and Rafael Vinoly in New York. During this time Sylvia was responsible for leading a range of projects, including commercial, retail, hospitality, multi-family and single-family residential.
Sylvia is a licensed architect in both Illinois and Wisconsin. She received a Master of Science in Architecture (Advanced Environmental & Energy Studies) at the Wales Center for Alternative Technology, and a Bachelor and Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sylvia spent a year at the Ecole d’Architecture de Versailles, France and was awarded the Francis J. Plym Traveling Fellowship for a four-month independent research of sustainable architecture in Europe, where she interviewed leading architects, researchers and educators.
Kirk is involved through the planning and execution of projects at Remake Architecture. With over 30 years of experience as an architect and construction project manager, Kirk draws on this expertise to maximize the success of each project.
Kirk has managed and supervised $80M+ of construction across a range of residential, commercial and retail projects, benefiting his clients through a focused, analytical and adaptable approach to project management.
Kirk has a PhD in Architecture from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and an M.Arch and B.Arch from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has taught design, architectural theory and culture at the School of Architecture and the Honors College at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and in schools of architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Architectural Association, and University of Brighton. Kirk has worked in architecture offices in New York, London and Auckland, playing key roles in a number of award-winning projects.
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