Mike Shively, AIA

“I’ve always been enthusiastic about architecture and design. I first started fostering my skills in high school, drawing hotels for a small firm. During my undergraduate studies at Ball State University, I traveled to Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America to explore what is unique and what is universal in architecture. While abroad, I developed an appreciation for architecture's ability to connect you to a place. A good building operates sustainably in its environment. A great one increases your awareness of the environment you're in and serves as an extension of the culture that surrounds it. 

“I was in New York City for a year, working on office and hospitality projects with Kostow Greenwood Architects, before heading to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to study Native American and sustainable architecture. I received my Master of Architecture as the John Gaw Meem Fellow from the University of New Mexico in 2004.

“That year, I settled in Chicago, Illinois, and began an 11-year career with Morgante Wilson Architects, learning the craft of residential and religious architecture from one of the best in the business. I was Project Architect on over 50 homes throughout the country, each with a unique style and setting. I became a Licensed Architect in the state of Illinois and a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards in 2008. In 2010, I became a LEED Accredited Professional, in 2012, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and in 2017 a Registered Energy Professional in the City of Chicago.

"I struck out on my own and started building my amazing team in 2015.  Together, we apply our talents to projects from custom single family homes to design-forward commercial spaces.

“My work has won numerous awards and has been featured in Dwell, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Architect, Chicago Social, Apartment Therapy, Remodelista, Houzz, Huffington Post, and others. Two of my projects have achieved LEED Gold. But my satisfaction comes from the process of working every day with wonderful people and hearing how much my clients love life in their homes and spaces.

“I love to travel, and I draw inspiration from design around the world. I also enjoy the tranquility of my cabin in Three Oaks, Michigan. I help promote creativity by supporting local theater and being a member of the Art Institute of Chicago and of WBEZ public radio. I love my Scottie, and I often go out of my way for good coffee."