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Our business is structured differently, so we think differently: Gone is the assembly line process of the large corporate firm, GARNETT provides personalized services with a fully engaged team from project start to finish.

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more information Ali Group / Scotsman


Imagine a desk sitting in the midst of an old growth, hardwood forest, with a cool breeze rustling the leaves around you. That’s the sensation GARNETT was able to capture in the interior spaces of this spectacular modern suburban office building, set amongst the trees in Vernon Hills. An authentic Italian café, a product showcase space, cutting edge research and development facilities, and national training center environments, intersperse the yawning volumes of space reserved for employee workspace. ALI Group’s US Headquarters will take your breath away!
Imagine a desk sitting in the midst of an old growth, hardwood forest, with a cool breeze rustling the leaves around you. That’s the sensation GARNETT was able to capture in the interior spaces of this spectacular modern suburban office building, set amongst the trees in Vernon Hills.
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more information NextCapital


“X” marks the spot! This urban loft office space on Michigan avenue has unique vistas down each corridor, with the spectacular views of Millennium park and Lake Michigan as a backdrop. Reclaimed wood from a Chicago River pylon, and a patchwork of refinished original hardwood flooring from this century old landmark building are a dramatic counterpoint to cutting edge architectural details, furniture and technology throughout.
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more information Mediaocean


This advertising software company’s Chicago branch reflects a crisp modern aesthetic and fosters an interactive young culture similar to their New York headquarters. With a vision toward the future, the space is designed for long term flexibility in a rapidly changing work environment. While there are no private offices and a universal workplace standard throughout, GARNETT provided ample access to private workspace, and a great breadth & variety of collaborative environments to accommodate any potential need. Visual access to digital media is virtually ubiquitous.
This advertising software company’s Chicago branch reflects a crisp modern aesthetic and fosters an interactive young culture similar to their New York headquarters.
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The American Institute of Steel Construction space at Prudential Center overlooking Millennium Park in Chicago reflects the association’s personality and culture. Clean architectural lines, efficient workspace and workflow, and a transparent & collaborative environment built around a social hub and flexible training/event space. The design creatively exposes and highlights the building’s structural steel framing – a reminder to membership and visitors alike of the organization’s purpose.
The American Institute of Steel Construction space at Prudential Center overlooking Millennium Park in Chicago reflects the association’s personality and culture.
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more information CDW Headquarters


The relocation of CDW's headquarters to Lincolnshire, Illinois was a monumental undertaking. Staff from three different facilities were brought together in this 209,000 RSF project which included connecting two buildings with a newly designed three story sky bridge and redevelopment of a shared ground level atrium space to act as the primary building entry point. The design style is both fluid and organic, the plans incorporate new and creative collaborative areas, and the space achieves a high population density without compromising an individual’s need for private space and unique geographic identities.
This project included connecting two buildings with a newly designed three story sky bridge and redevelopment of a shared ground level atrium space. The design style is both fluid and organic, the plans incorporate creative collaborative areas, and the space achieves a high population density without compromising an individual’s need for private space.
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more information CN Training Excellence Center


CN approached GARNETT Architects, LLC with a request to develop a cutting edge educational building designed to train the next generation of railroaders. Over the course of almost 3 years, GARNETT worked with CN to shape the program and evaluate potential sites for a new buildings, before deciding to construct the Training Excellence Center adjacent to their US Headquarters in Homewood, Illinois. A generous public space in the new building anchors two stories of highly specialized training rooms along with other teaching and administrative spaces – including a transportation lab, simulation rooms, and direct access to welding shops, live track, and a locomotive repair shop.
A cutting edge premise for building a new facility resulted in cutting edge design in a learning center for the next generation of railroaders. Generous public spaces anchor two stories of highly specialized training, labs and administrative areas.
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more information Amalgamated Bank of Chicago


Amalgamated Bank of Chicago's headquarters relocation from their home of over forty years to a new high visibility loop location was also an important opportunity to re-brand the organization and create a modern transitional space for their clients and employees. The 57,500 RSF project included significant technical and security challenges associated with primary retail banking and vault spaces, as well as creative planning solutions for many unique departmental needs on the bank's two full floors of high rise office space.
Amalgamated Bank of Chicago\\\'s headquarters relocation from their home of over forty years to a new high visibility loop location was also an important opportunity to re-brand the organization and create a modern transitional space for their clients and employees. The 57,500 RSF project included a primary retail banking space and two creatively planned high rise office floors.
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more information West Monroe Partners


As a repeat client, West Monroe Partners came to GARNETT Architects, LLC with a new challenge; to create a space that reflects the same concepts of innovation and flexibility that have been the foundation of their success. The GARNETT team worked with West Monroe Partners to create a unique program and plan for their new Chicago Headquarters. The result is an organic layout overlaid with "framing" elements to create more comfortable and better scaled employee groupings throughout the space and highlight client facing and high functioning activity hubs like the Collaboration Room and Training Spaces. The timeless palette of colors and materials selected by GARNETT reinforced the design initiative at all levels of detail in what was achieved as a LEED Gold certificate.
Pioneering free-address style work spaces with an extensive variety of collaborative & flexible employee meeting hubs. The environment supports dynamic “flocking” behavior for staff at this young technology consulting firm.
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more information American Academy of Periodontology


The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) reached out to GARNETT to help increase density and provide a fresh new face on their headquarters in Chicago. Through intensive programming and planning efforts, our team was able to identify the most beneficial areas to focus our attention, including renovating the entry/reception area, creating an open employee café space, and reconfiguring existing open office workstations. This targeting approach enabled the team to stay on budget while maximizing the impact of the work. The new aesthetic of the space captured AAP’s desire to contrast warm natural materials with modern urban architectural detailing.
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more information R29 Bar / Lounge


This hip, new bar/lounge amenity on the 29th Floor of The Franklin is the perfect destination for tenants and guests of this two tower complex in Chicago’s Loop. The converted double story space, sandwiched between mechanical spaces on the floor, has spectacular north views across the city’s famous skyline. Elements of exterior rooftop decks, which dot the downtown area, are introduced to the space, including pergolas and wood decking throughout. The "interior roof deck" is punctuated by spectacular light fixtures like fireworks in the night sky and fireplaces at both ends of the dramatic space. Sophisticated and cozy, cool and comfortable, R29 is the perfect location for informal mid-day business meetings or a glass of wine after hours.
A trendy yet sophisticated outdoor roof deck concept, built indoors for year round use as a tenant amenity, lounge, and event space in Chicago’s central Loop.
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more information Finn Partners


Finn Partners is an innovative PR firm in Chicago that was looking to create a space that reinforced their unique and creative culture. To ensure the success of the design, GARNETT engaged in an intense, but fluid, collaborative effort with the client to identify critical visioning and branding elements. While programmatically the space required a high level of compartmentalization, the office nevertheless feels bright, airy, active and open. From the point of entry, the design makes an immediate impression on visitors by inviting them to participate visually in the most critical and active areas.
A deceptively open feeling office space with strong branding elements for a dynamic public relations firm. The plan balances a high proportion of enclosed private offices with islands of natural light in creative collaboration zones.
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more information McGarry Bowen


A cutting edge New York advertising company which grew from a staff of four to over one thousand in a ten year period, McGarry Bowen presented many unique design challengers. The client’s uncompromising standards and GARNETT’s engenius and creative solutions resulted in outstanding office spaces in both Chicago and New York. Pictured is McGarry Bowen’s Chicago office space. McGarry’s unique double story penthouse suite in Chicago’s River North area perfectly blends a slick modern "gallery" design with the raw Bauhaus style warehouse space they occupy in New York.
A hip New York advertising company which grew from a staff of four to over one thousand in a ten year period, demanded versatile, flexible, and creative space reflective of the eclectic Manhattan warehouse where they started.

Who We Are

Our core team of experienced young professionals is awesome and fun. Our designs are Sophisticated, Innovative, and Fresh. Talk to us!

Ted Garnett

Principal

An architect, a teacher, and an entrepreneur with a penchant for adventure. Loves his work and the people he works with.

Ted established Garnett Architects, LLC in July 2005 as a full service design firm. Practicing in the field of architecture since 1994, his experience includes large scale commercial, corporate interior and residential projects while living and working in Hong Kong, England, Canada and the U.S. He maintains constant and direct involvement in each and every project in the office. Ted is a licensed architect in multiple states, is NCARB Certified, a Self-Cert Approved Architect and a Registered Energy Professional in the City of Chicago. He received a Bachelor of Technology in Architecture from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada and a Master of Architecture with high distinction from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor including studies at the Danish International School in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Jack Janowiak

Partner / Technical Director

Architectural code-master, technical guru, trivia king and family man. Draws like the wind!

Jack has been practicing in commercial interiors since 1988 and has worked with corporate, healthcare, financial, non-profit and retail clients. As a partner in the firm he oversees all projects from pre-lease building analysis through design, construction and occupancy of the space. His depth of experience and technical expertise are invaluable on complex projects and when translating design concepts into the drawings and details necessary to bid and build projects. Mr. Janowiak received a five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree from University of Illinois at Chicago, with a Major in Design, a detailed background in Structure and Building Science, and a Minor degree in History of Architecture.

Alicia Perkovich

Partner / Design Director

Don’t let her smile fool you, she runs the show. A consummate professional who accepts nothing less than perfection and never fails to deliver it!

Alicia has been working in the commercial interiors industry in Chicago since 1998. As the Design Director at Garnett Architects, LLC she demands the highest standards of design and professionalism on each and every project in the office. In addition to providing overall design direction, she contributes her talent and skill when developing the subtle yet sophisticated color and material palettes which are the hallmark of Garnett’s tailored designs. Alicia’s direct involvement from start to finish, and her attention to detail during all phases of the process, helps to maintain the integrity of the original design concepts through to project completion. Alicia received a Bachelor of Interior Design from Louisiana State University, and Chelsea College of Art & Design in London, England.

Davin Pirkola

Senior Director

An architect with the heart (and hand) of an artist, the practical nature of an engineer, and the experience to tackle almost any imaginable problem.

Davin has been practicing in the field of architecture since 1994. His experience includes corporate interiors, large scale residential, commercial, education, and healthcare projects. As Senior Director he brings the highest level of design and technical excellence to all his projects. Davin is a licensed architect and LEED Accredited Professional. He studied at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and Master of Architecture with distinction.

Laura Wasmund

Architect

A hard working architect that never shies away from a challenge and constantly exceeds expectations. One of our many rising young stars.

Having earned her Master of Architecture degree from Florida International University, Laura is excited to bring her skills and knowledge to the team as an architect and designer. In 2012 she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a graduate student, Laura lived and worked in both Miami and Italy where she gained a unique exposure to design, history culture and craft. Profoundly self-motivated and goal oriented, her strong work ethic and drive for knowledge makes her a great addition to the firm.

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