We are an award-winning architecture firm dedicated to architecture, interiors, and landscape. We are based in Chicago and our work takes us across the United States and beyond.
Project types include residential and commercial, with a focus on urban dwellings, vacation homes, and unique business spaces. Projects include new construction and renovations.
We approach all projects individually. Each project starts with an exploration of client needs and evolves from budget, location, and context without imposition of preconceived styles or solutions. We strive to integrate environmentally sustainable design with green technologies and materials, whenever possible.
We are dedicated to client satisfaction by meeting mutually agreed upon project requirements and goals. We are committed to effective communication and attention to detail through all phases of design and construction.
MEET OUR TEAM
"I chose dSPACE because I was impressed with their ability to think through a complex project and simplify it. And, most importantly, because dSPACE had passion and were capable...There were no financial surprises which was delightful." more
"Working with a boutique firm like dSPACE, you really feel like you are a priority. They are always looking out for our best interests. We always felt like we were their number one priority; our project was never pushed aside." more
"dSPACE understood very early on what we liked. Together, we created a modern design that’s warm and comfortable, and tailored exactly to our style. We were very impressed with how everything was handled." more
"dSPACE brought all partners together to brainstorm, exploring how to do things the best possible way. They brought new ideas to each meeting. Their goal was to build the best house possible, and I just trusted them!" more
"The experience of working with dSPACE was creative, organized, honest, clear, on time, in budget, and fun! The team created an artistic vision that was anchored in financial reality." more
"We love this team, and we were very happy working with them! The design process was collaborative and enjoyable from the start. They were really great about listening to our ideas and created a completely custom project." more
"dSPACE had great ideas with regard to lighting, materials, and landscape design and provided guidance and helpful input during the construction process." more
"They are good listeners, good communicators, and very open to feedback. They also were very good at explaining their ideas and concepts and helped me understand their vision for the space." more
ORGANIZED AND FUN
This is a data-gathering phase. We start by exploring your vision for the project, including character, aesthetics, and a list of spaces and their intended use. If your project is new construction, we visit the site to evaluate the landscape, views, solar analysis, access, utilities, and your vision for siting the structure.
During this phase you share images collected from magazines, books, Houzz, or Pinterest—we use your inspiration to generate ideas. Additionally, dSPACE Studio may take you on tours of built projects to gauge your reaction to layout and design elements.
dSPACE draws concept designs based on pre-design. This is the time to dream, thinking of all possibilities. Schematic design evolves over a series of meetings and is intended to explore a range of potential approaches to consider. We generate 3D renderings as well as preliminary drawings, which may include a site plan, floor plans, building sections, exterior and interior elevations, preliminary structural systems, and an energy evaluation.
dSPACE prepares detailed drawings to illustrate the proposed design, including plans, elevations, and sections, as well as mechanical, plumbing and electrical system concepts. We also present material options for exterior and interior finishes. Our 3D model allows you the chance to “walk” through your home so you are confident in the design before construction starts.
At the conclusion of design development, dSPACE will produce a set of drawings specifications used to solicit preliminary construction pricing estimates from contractors. This is the time when you begin to test the fit between what you want, what you need, and what you want to spend.
This is when final decisions are made. Based on pricing, budget, and evolution of the design, dSPACE develops a set of architectural drawings which the contractor will use to establish actual construction cost, obtain permits, and build the project.
There are a number of ways to select a contractor. You may already have a contractor or dSPACE can make recommendations; this contractor can join the owner–architect team early in the design process. Alternatively, dSPACE can conduct a formal bidding process with multiple potential contractors, and we will assist you in evaluating of the bids prior to contractor selection. This phase concludes when a permit is obtained and a contractor is hired.
This is when your project is built. During construction, dSPACE makes regular site visits to ensure the built structure matches design intent. We review all contractor requests for payment and any change order requests, and we keep you informed of construction progress. At completion, dSPACE conducts a final project closeout with punch list, and we do a detailed review of the contractor’s final pay request.
This is the moment you have been dreaming of—construction is finished and it’s time to enjoy your new space!