John A. Chipman, AIA, LEED AP

CEO/Founding Principal


Founding Principal John Chipman began creating a new direction for his father’s retail interior design firm in 1979 when he joined the small Chicago practice. Building upon an existing base of regional main-street clients, John led the firm into a position of national recognition.


At his father’s retirement in 1984, John re-directed his architecture firm’s focus as he boldly utilized developing computer technology to keep up with the unprecedented expansion of corporate retail clients.  Along with speaking appearances and writing for trade publications, he also authored a nationally distributed retail planning workbook that went into a second printing.


With the firm’s retail expertise solidly established by the late 1980s, he and his new partner, Daryl Adams, began to lay the foundation for unparalleled excellence in restaurant design as well, a distinction for which the firm now possesses a national reputation.


John earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois/Urbana, reinforcing his studies at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Versailles, France, and at the Ecole Nacionale d’Art Decoratif de Nice, France. Throughout his professional life, he has travelled extensively for both business and research throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.  Certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, he is a registered Architect throughout the country, maintains professional membership in the American Institute of Architects and holds LEED AP professional registration for sustainable design.


In addition to his commitment to the business of architecture, John has served as an elected official on his local City Council and several municipal Review Boards as well as founding Chairman of that City’s forward-thinking Appearance Commission.  The sensitivity to community that he gained during this period is most responsible for his evolving dedication to philanthropic ventures and sustainability in architectural practice.