Carol Crandall opened her firm in 1993 with a primary focus on high-end custom residential work in the city of Chicago and Chicago’s north shore communities, loft conversions, and multi-family, mixed use developments. Architect John Ritzu  joined the firm in 1996, and together they have expanded the focus of their practice to include affordable and market-rate multi family housing. While this comprises the body of their own work  in Chicago, they have each practiced in notable architectural firms in  Chicago, Pittsburgh and London. They have been  project architects for  a variety of work  including  new shopping  malls, a  mid-rise corporate headquarters building, elderly housing,  corporate interiors, and special projects such as  converting London townhouses into private hotels and documenting  vernacular architecture for the Library of Congress. Their experience and education equip them to respond to both new and familiar challenges with energy and intelligence.

Carol Crandall,  Principal:
Carol Crandall received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie-Mellon University  in 1981, and her Masters in Science in the History of Modern Architecture from the University of London in 1989. She has worked for Chicago Associates, Planners and Architects, Loebl Schlossman and Hackl/Hague Richards Architects, Bone Morris Architects in London, and Onque’/Harai Architects in Pittsburgh. Construction costs for projects she has worked on have ranged from $250,000 to $8.4 million. She is a past president and current member of Chicago Women in Architecture, and the exhibition collaborative CARY. She has exhibited her work in the James R. Thompson Building and at the Randolph Street Gallery in Chicago, and has been a visiting lecturer  and critic at the University of Illinois at Champaign and Chicago campuses. She is a licensed architect in Illinois.

John Ritzu,  Principal:
John Ritzu received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie-Mellon University  in 1977, and his Masters in Science in the History of Modern Architecture from the University of London in 1989. After moving to Chicago in  1984, he joined Pappageorge  Haymes Architects where he was an associate and senior project manager  until 1996. His personal experience includes the design and/ or execution of 14 major multi family housing projects in the Chicago area, ranging in size from 4 to 70 units, with budgets  from $.5  million to  $8.5 million. He has also been an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois, Chicago Campus, and was a full time instructor in the Architecture Department of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie-Mellon University. He has served on the board of directors of the Edgewater Community Council, and Edgewater Development Corporation.
He is a licensed architect in Pennsylvania.


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