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We are a group of architects and engineers working collaboratively to make a positive impact on the built environment.  From our large light filled studio, we focus our energy on diverse projects, working together to create spaces that will inspire and hold meaning for our clients and the collective community.  Regardless of project type or scale, we see every design as an opportunity to fulfill client goals and fuel our passion for architecture.

OUR TEAM

Based in Skokie, Illinois, we are a group of architects and engineers working collaboratively to make a positive impact on the built environment.  From our large light filled studio, we focus our energy on diverse projects, working together to create spaces that will inspire and hold meaning for our clients and the collective community.    

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Raffi brings a unique vision to every project of how functionality and innovation coexist through design. He founded a+c architects in 1993 in the spirit of forming lasting partnerships with clients and communities through architecture.  A listener by nature, he can translate each client’s vision into spaces that perform. Raffi believes the processes of designing and building are collaborative art forms and has gathered a studio of professionals that share in this spirit of teamwork. His talent and passion for experiencing fine art are evident in his aesthetically pleasing hand drawings and concept sketches. Raffi acts as a steward of every client’s vision; leveraging design challenges into opportunities.

 

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts, 1979: New York University, NYC
Professional degree in Architecture, 1984: Temple University, Philadelphia

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AIA, LEED AP, NCARB | Founding Principal

RAFFI ARZOUMANIAN

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Joanna joined a+c architects in 1999 as Project Manager. A licensed civil engineer by education, her eagerness to learn helped her pick up the various design and construction methods used to build a project at any scale. Diligent research, mentored guidance and real-world experience gave Joanna expert skills to usher projects from concept to completion, and in turn, was promoted to Principal in 2016. She acts as the hub for all coordination related communications while overseeing day-to-day workflow in the studio. Joanna’s inherent drive for organization and clarity are visible as she manages complex, in-flux timelines while overseeing all quality control. 

 

EDUCATION

Master of Civil Engineering, 1998, University of Science and Technology, Wroclaw

PE, ASSOCIATE AIA | Managing Principal

JOANNA ZYWCZYK

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Ryan found his way into architecture by means of a philosophy degree.  The marriage of these seemingly different disciplines allows him to approach the profession from a fluid perspective, coupling the complex processes inherent in design with the technical understanding of the built environment.  A passionate designer, Ryan is always drawing and ready to take on new challenges.  As a project architect, he offers guidance and mentorship to younger staff, bridging the gap between principals and newly emerging architects.  He joined a+c architects in the spring of 2019.

 

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts, 2002, Loyola University, Chicago

Master of Architecture, 2005: Miami University Ohio, Oxford

 AIA, LEED AP BD+C | Project Architect

RYAN G. ARNAUDOV

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In 2017 Bobby came to a+c architects after receiving his Master of Architecture from the School of the Art Institute Chicago. Experience at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in the Chicago office’s Interiors studio saw Bobby developing conceptualizations, digital models, and producing renderings/drawings for client review. A conscientious problem-solver, he enjoys the iterative trial and error process inherent in architectural design. His style is defined by a natural drive to forge connections between cultures through architecture and knowledge-sharing. 

 

EDUCATION

Master of Architecture, 2016, School of the Art Institute Chicago, Chicago

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, 2009, Pratt Institute, NYC

ASSOCIATE AIA | Staff Architect

BOBBY YOUKHANA

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Late 2018 brought Derar to the a+c architect's team shortly after earning his Master of Architecture from the School of the Art Institute Chicago. Derar’s unique experience working at The Field Museum in Chicago, allowed him to coordinate with leadership and design sketches, build models, and render 3D mock-ups for new exhibits. His award-winning design of a transitional educational space for migrant peoples demonstrates how Derar creates from a compassionate context. His technically precise drawings bring each of a+c architects’ designs to life in buildable form. 

 

EDUCATION

Master of Architecture, 2017, School of the Art Institute Chicago, Chicago

Certificate in Historic Preservation, 2017,  School of the Art Institute Chicago, Chicago

ASSOCIATE AIA | Staff Architect

DERAR A.IBRAHIM