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ABOUT


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ABOUT


MEET WHEATON ARCHITECT
SHAWN GORDON

  Photo: Michael Kreiser Photography   sg@gordonarchitecture.com

Photo: Michael Kreiser Photography
sg@gordonarchitecture.com

Shawn’s architecture path began and continues to be driven by a keen interest and thorough enjoyment of the process of making things. After working in architecture offices through college summers and breaks, Shawn graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Minor in Philosophy in 1994. Prior to starting Gordon Architecture in 2005, his experience included a wide range of projects while working for other firms including: historic renovation work for a state fair grandstand, elementary and secondary school projects, smaller scaled commercial projects including a home loan banking center, a modern church addition, a "Globe Theater" inspired outdoor theater in a park, a historically sensitive and award winning bridge design for a historic residential neighborhood, as well as both traditional and contemporary custom new homes, custom home additions, and custom kitchen and bathroom remodels. The focus of his recent architectural design work in Wheaton and the Chicago suburbs has been residential due to the unique opportunity it provides for detailed attention to problem solving.  Outside of the office, Shawn finds inspiration in giving time to charitable organizations such as Trout Unlimited or Reel Recovery; and unwinds by learning blues guitar and spending time outside on a bicycle, on skinny skis, or walking and wading through spring-fed streams in the midwest's Driftless Area.

REGISTERED ARCHITECT AFFILIATIONS/CERTIFICATIONS:

  • AIA (American Institute of Architects)
  • LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited     Professional V.2)
  • NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Certified for streamlined application of reciprocal licensure).

 

 
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TESTIMONIALS


TESTIMONIALS



(Please find these and other third party captured testimonials at our HOUZZ profile page.)


We were very pleased with the work of Shawn Gordon on the concept and architectural design for our vacation home built in Door County, Wisconsin.

Shawn listened to our needs, preferences and dreams and helped us shape them into a practical reality. He worked with us to create and visualize alternatives from concept drawings to detailed architectural specifications for our builder. We appreciated the engineering he brought to bear to secure the house on the edge of a steep, rocky ravine as well as the orientation of the home to maximize views.

We were very pleased with his work from initial concepts through the detailed architectural specifications and drawings and his willingness to address issues that arose during construction. Shawn also worked well with our builder and was always available to answer questions. We highly recommend Shawn Gordon.

-Wheaton, IL Homeowner

Shawn designed my dream Master Bath, and he was very flexible, easy to work with, and highly expert. He was very open to my ideas, and he created designs until we came upon the ideal layout, and I can honestly say that his work was “top-notch.” My Master Bath was completed (built) in October 2013, and it’s everything I ever wanted in a custom design - he worked into his construction plans every element that made this a perfect Master Bath. His collaboration with my Contractor was also very smooth.

Shawn is punctual, he keeps his promises, and he’s a highly skilled architect who knows how to communicate on all levels. I recommend him without reservation.

-Wheaton, IL Homeowner

When it became apparent that I was going to need to do something about the kitchen in my 1893 Queen Anne Victorian house, I needed some help. Pretty much everything, from the appliances to the floor to the cabinets and counter-tops needed to be addressed. I knew I wanted quality solutions, and I was prepared to spend appropriately, but not extravagantly, to get that result. Most importantly, I wanted a kitchen that looked like it fit in a house built in the late 19th century. But I really had no idea where to start and could not spend significant amounts of time figuring it out.

I asked Shawn Gordon if he could help, not sure whether this was in the mainstream of the work he did. I could not be happier with the result. Shawn meticulously researched period-appropriate alternatives for every aspect of the project. He took colors, architectural style, lighting and practicality into consideration. He photographed all of the surrounding rooms and made sure that the kitchen concepts he presented to me blended with the adjacent spaces. All the while, he was careful to keep in mind practicality and my budget.

I am delighted with everything Shawn suggested and delivered. From the pine floor and wainscot to the period-appropriate hardware and lighting fixtures to the custom-designed cabinetry and counter-tops, I ended up with a completely remodeled and updated kitchen that fits perfectly in this old house.

-Wheaton, IL Homeowner