At Rev One Architects, we not only bring an incredibly practical perspective to everything we do, we bring the experience of well over 400 completed projects for property owners, just like you – everything from room additions to new homes, condominium buildings, offices, restaurants, hotels, and stores.
We have won multiple customer service awards from places like Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau because we are committed to being there for you until the last nail is driven.
We know how to deliver you the most square footage we can for your money. We have years of expertise in working with older buildings, tight budgets, and building departments.
We don’t just custom design each of our projects to look beautiful and carefully respond to its surroundings, we always design them first and foremost to address your unique functional needs.
Peter has been involved in multitudinous types of construction undertakings, from building furniture to designing and building his own multi-unit buildings, for almost the last 3 decades, with over 20 years of that spent as a professional architect. Having an unusually wide variety of experiences performing construction industry activities like real estate development, construction defect consulting and analysis, and new product ideation; plus having sold and administered the construction of projects in locations from Chicago to Indonesia to California, he has the unique ability to look at any situation through many different lenses. He has also amassed over 2 decades of entrepreneurial business experiences in every facet of starting, operating and managing a business, from strategic planning to marketing to accounting, and in almost every sector of the construction industry, starting up three sole proprietorships and 6 companies in the process.
Peter is an extremely intelligent, creative, critical and organized thinker with a broad educational background at the university level in everything from the humanities and arts to engineering and the sciences, and is also no stranger to a toolbox, having constructed entire residences himself. Being a seasoned, pragmatic creative professional with a deep interest in designed spaces and how they relate to and directly effect the natural environment and the psychology of human beings, he strongly believes that design can immeasurably shape the human experience. He is an intrepid networker and an inspiring mentor who is extremely talented at coming up with quick, innovative and practical solutions to just about any situation, and has technical expertise in the areas of space planning, detailing, and historical construction means and methods.
Peter holds a Professional Bachelors degree in Architecture and Structural Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and is an NCARB Certified Architect and an APEC Senior Architect. He was also an honor student in the humanities and sciences at the university level, has an editorial-level knowledge of the English language and an entry-level comprehension of both the Indonesian and Spanish languages.
We talked to 4-5 architects and Peter, by far, carried the most innovation and understanding of our needs. Our space is not typical. The others seemed perplexed by high ceilings and a lot of brick. Peter saw it as an opportunity. He came up with a plan that was a great design and, utilized the square feet of our space above and beyond what we would have ever thought of. Definitely thought outside the box to give us excellent results.
We hired Peter to design our new addition. We asked Peter to include three bedrooms and two full baths and we needed a new stairway up to the new space. A very difficult task, Peter solved our space issue, thinking "out of the box" to meet our needs!
Peter was a pleasure to work with during the design and construction process. He came up with unique ideas on how to blend new space into existing space and took great care to offer suggestions on updating the styling into timeless… appeal. He worked closely with us in the custom design of the kitchen and several bathrooms. I… would recommend him to anybody seeking a keen approach and quick and courteous customer service.
My husband and I thought that Peter was very knowledgeable about the construction that needed to be done for our home addition. He was professional and explained things in detail when necessary. It was a plus to work with Peter on our addition since he has an architectural background. We would recommend Peter to others who are interested in work being done in their homes.
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Much like engineers, attorneys, doctors and most other professions, architects are required by law to complete very specific requirements to obtain and maintain their professional title and licensure:
Architecture is a very competitive business, so it is important to look at the persons or firms themselves and not just the prices. The lowest priced architect most likely is not including everything that you will need from him in his bid to get your project completed – it is very important for you to know what is included in your bids and what isn’t. Many “discount” architects will just give you a bid for construction documents or drawings only, and not include things such as zoning variations, permit expediting, engineering fees, and construction administration/ project inspections, all of which would typically be included by a full service architecture firm. Firms that have more experience and do better quality design work tend to charge more – with architects, as with most other things in life, you typically get what you pay for.
Peter has overseen and been solely responsible for the completion of over 300 projects in his two decades as an architect. He founded IDEA Architects in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood in late 2000 with the radical ideas of truly understanding the needs and budgets of his clients and adjusting the format of his drawings to better meet the needs of the contractors/ tradesmen who were reading them. He led the firm to win multiple Angie’s List Super Service Awards, multiple BBB Complaint Free Awards, and an enthusiastic client following for over a decade. After selling his firm in 2011 and exploring other opportunities in places from Washington DC to Singapore and even Jakarta, Indonesia, Peter decided to settle in San Diego, California in late 2012 and founded Rev One Architects with his former employee, JP McNamee. He personally oversees all operations of Rev One Architects in both Chicago and San Diego. Peter holds a degree in Architecture and Structural Engineering from the internationally recognized Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He is licensed as an architect in both Illinois and California and is both an NCARB (US National Board) and an APEC (Asia-Pacific Board) Certified Senior Architect. Peter is a Chicago area native who grew up where the cornfields meet the suburbs, he currently lives in San Diego’s Hillcrest neighborhood with his partner James and he is an avid cyclist and hiker.
When hiring an architect you should look for design skill, construction knowledge, experience with local building regulations, and a collaborative attitude. You should get references from your architect and find out how his past clients feel about the spaces he has created for them. An architect should have experience not only creating drawings, but also dealing with contractors in the field and building projects. Many architects focus on only creating drawings of buildings, so they are not in touch with the realities of the construction process and therefore are prone to designing things that are not efficient and/ or economical to build. It also is helpful when the architect has a thorough familiarity with the local municipal codes, ordinances, permit reviewers and permit review procedures in order that you can obtain your building permit with relative ease. And remember that architecture is all about communication, so be sure to hire an architect who has a collaborative approach to creating buildings and is someone whom you feel that you can communicate comfortably with.
We find that the most useful information you can provide is a list of rooms with what you specifically want in them and/or how you want them to feel and pictures of any buildings you may have seen that you may particularly like, as well as a survey of the property. Many clients attempt to sketch floor plans, and while these can be somewhat useful in communicating what you are looking for to us, we have found that they usually don’t show the types of spaces that our clients really necessarily want and that they really aren’t much of a help to us in our design work.