OUR TEAM

Based in Skokie, Illinois, we are a group of architects, designers, 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 ARZOUMANIAN

AIA, LEED AP, NCARB | Founding Principal

Raffi founded a+c architects in 1993 in the spirit of forming lasting partnerships with clients and communities through architecture. A designer’s designer, he brings a unique vision to every project, delivering solutions that marry functionality with innovation. Raffi is a listener by nature and can, therefore, successfully translate each client’s articulated vision into spaces that perform. Raffi believes the processes of designing and building are collaborative art forms; he has gathered a studio of professionals that share in this spirit of teamwork. Raffi’s talent and passion for photography and fine art are evident in his aesthetically pleasing hand drawings and concept sketches. His approach focuses on acting as a steward of each client’s vision, transforming 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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JOANNA ZYWCZYK

PE, ASSOCIATE AIA | Managing Principal

Joanna joined a+c architects in 1999 as a Project Manager. A licensed civil engineer by training, her strong technical background supported her ability to gain an in-depth understanding of the various design and construction methods used to build a project at any scale. Diligent research, mentored guidance, and real-world experience complemented Joanna’s education and allowed her to successfully oversee complex projects from concept to completion. Today, as a Principal of the firm, she acts as operations and technical director overseeing day-to-day workflow in the studio, as well as overall project progress. Joanna’s inherent drive for organization and clarity are visible as she manages complex, in-flux timelines while emphasizing quality control. 

 

EDUCATION

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

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RYAN G. ARNAUDOV

 AIA, LEED AP BD+C | Project Architect

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 a 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

BOBBY YOUKHANA

ASSOCIATE AIA | Architectural Designer

In 2017, Bobby came to a+c architects after receiving his Master of Architecture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

His experience working within Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s Interiors studio included developing concepts and digital models, while also producing renderings and drawings for client review. A conscientious problem-solver, Bobby 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 of Chicago, Chicago

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

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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.