Wheeler Kearns Architects

343 S Dearborn St #200, Chicago, IL 60604, Stati Uniti

Wheeler Kearns is a collective practice of architects. We work with people who seek to enrich their lives in spaces that embody their purpose, energy and vision.

When a space we design resonates with your deepest intention, it has a lasting and powerful impact. As we work with you, we devote all our energies to understanding your core purpose, the transformation you seek, your mission. We want to see your challenge through your eyes. Doing this guides us to what we call the “emotional center,” the heart around which your entire project revolves. We return to that central idea as we craft concepts, help you make decisions, and refine our responses to those choices. Everything from the big-picture view to the design of a door handle evolves from that emotional center. The result is a space that responds uniquely to your life, your mission.

Our design process requires an uncommon level of attention, curiosity, devotion. Our clients use the word “partner” to describe us as often as “architect.” And we’re proud of that. It reflects our belief that along with a lofty vision, sometimes you also need someone willing to tackle the mundane.

One mind focused on solving your problem is good; many are better. We use our unusual structure as a “collective practice of architects” to solicit multiple ideas from a team in the early stages of the design process. It offers you a wider spectrum of possibility. And that can lead to solutions that nobody anticipated, like transforming a shuttered lumberyard into a model, 21st-century school. Or discovering that the 70-foot tower of an abandoned food-manufacturing plant really can be a viable and exciting performance space. Always, we seek to open doors to new ideas about how you can live into your aspiration.

ARTICLES

Penthouse in a Chicago skyscraper. 360 degree panoramic view of the city

Penthouse in a Chicago skyscraper. 360 degree panoramic view of the city

Wheeler Kearns Architects studio has designed an entire double-height floor in a skyscraper in the city of Chicago. The brief of the owners was to enjoy a space full of comfort and simple elegance

The Momentary. A cultural space that blends contemporary art into everyday life

The Momentary. A cultural space that blends contemporary art into everyday life

The Momentary is a unique contemporary art experience creatively recreated from a 70-year-old decommissioned Kraft Foods plant in Bentonville, Arkansas. A museum that turns what is expected of a traditional art museum upside down, it houses an exhibition space, concerts, theatre, cinema and studio spaces that support an artist-in-residency programme

New entrance for a school. Brick and glass provide a new stylistic identity for existing buildings

New entrance for a school. Brick and glass provide a new stylistic identity for existing buildings

For years, BZAEDS School and Anshe Emet Synagogue have shared a small, inconspicuous entrance and from this original situation came the need for the principals to provide an addition to the school. An addition that expresses the school's unique identity by creating an identifiable and welcoming entrance for students

The Night Mistry. A youth-friendly place to instill confidence

The Night Mistry. A youth-friendly place to instill confidence

Designed as a refuge and place of recovery, The Night Ministry's new location offers an oasis of safety and independence for young adults facing adversity. The new headquarters is located in the "Mural Building" a prominent industrial building known for its large murals that cover the facades overlooking a busy Chicago street

St. Joseph Residence: group of vernacular volumes rest on a green lawn overlooking the lake

St. Joseph Residence: group of vernacular volumes rest on a green lawn overlooking the lake

The St. Joseph Residence designed by architect Wheeler Kearns lies on a large grassy dune that stretches along Lake Michigan in the United States, and enjoys panoramic views of both the dunes and the lake