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David Woodhouse, FAIA    

Principal

David has been widely recognized for his architectural work in the Chicago region for a series of innovative public projects that reflect, respect and celebrate the values of the communities his designs serve.

He received his BArch from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1971 in a program that included study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Versailles, France.  He then joined Stanley Tigerman and Associates in Chicago, where he became an Associate before leaving in 1978 for Booth/Hansen and Associates where he was Senior Associate and Vice President.  In 1987 he founded a partnership which became David Woodhouse Architects in 1990.  He was advanced to membership in the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 1999.  In 2007, David Woodhouse Architects received the AIA Chicago Firm of the Year Award, before becoming Woodhouse Tinucci Architects in 2014.

His projects have been recognized with numerous design and historic preservation awards, publications in architectural periodicals and books, and exhibitions here and abroad.  He has served on numerous architectural design and historical preservation award juries, has contributed articles to several architectural periodicals, and has been a faculty member at Archeworks.  He is an Adjunct Professor in the Illinois Institute of Technology's College of Architecture as well as a frequent lecturer and visiting design critic at other universities.

David is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cove School for children with serious learning disabilities.  He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Ragdale Foundation, the Board of Directors of Landmarks Illinois, the Advisory Design Council of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Advisory Council of Lake Forest College.

 
 
 

Andy Tinucci, AIA, LEED AP

Principal

Andy's passion for building architecture is as strong as his love of designing it.  From a family of builders, engineers and architects, Andy has trained in both the construction and architecture professions. 

He received his BSAS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995 and his BArch degree from the University of Arizona in 2001.  In 1996 Andy joined Rick Joy Architects in Tucson, Arizona where he spent 6 years designing and building internationally published and award winning architecture in the incredible landscapes of the desert southwest.  In 2002, he joined David Woodhouse Architects as the Project Architect for the Morton Arboretum Visitor Center.  He became partner of Woodhouse Tinucci Architects in 2014.  His work has been recognized with awards such as the Architectural Record Houses Award and the AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award, and it has been published internationally in over sixty publications.

Andy’s work has also led him towards architectural research where he is currently exploring the role of institutions in our culture as well as the changing shape of architectural practice.  In 2004, Andy lectured at the Graham Foundation for the Arts in association with an exhibit entitled Golconde: The Introduction of Modernism in India.

Married to an architect turned teacher, Andy has maintained his commitment to architectural education through his appointment as Studio Assistant Professor in the Illinois Institute of Technology's College of Architecture since 2008.  Since 2010, Andy has served as the director of the third year design curriculum where he is responsible for organizing and crafting the content for 130 junior-level students.  He has also served as a lecturer and guest at the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the University of Texas at Austin, the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 
 
 

Brian Foote, AIA, LEED AP

Associate

Brian's commitment to sustainable design and green technologies led him to an early pursuit of LEED accreditation.  As such, he ensures that sustainable principles are integrated into all our designs and has coordinated all LEED documentation and certification efforts within the office. Those LEED Gold certified projects include the DuSable Harbor Building, the Avant Gardens Community Building, and the Northwestern University Sailing Center. The Congress Theater and Hotel renovation is also targeting LEED certification. 

Brian received his BArch and MArch degrees from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also served as an Adjunct Professor in undergraduate design studios; and he has been a frequent critic on design juries at both the University of Illinois and IIT.

In 1999 Brian joined DeStefano + Partners where he worked on several large scale institutional, custom residential and corporate interior projects.  In 2002, he joined Fitzgerald Associates Architects where he was the Project Architect on several multi-family residential towers.  Since Brian joined Woodhouse Tinucci Architects in 2005, he has served as the lead on several significant projects including the DuSable Harbor Building and the University of Illinois Chicago Daley Library Renovation.  His work has been recognized with numerous design awards such as the AIA Chicago's Distinguished Building, Interior Architecture and Divine Detail Awards.  In addition, he was an integral contributor to Woodhouse Tinucci's winning entry in the Daniel Burnham Memorial Competition, and currently he is Project Architect on the Rosewood Park Beach Restoration Project on Highland Park's lakefront.

Brian continues to explore his interests in materials and design/build processes through a series of independent projects focusing on the design and fabrication of small scale architecture and furniture.  His current project is the incremental full renovation of a new house.

 
 
 

Edward Blumer

Working construction with his father from an early age permitted Ed to develop skills not only as an architect, but also as an efficient artisan in many areas of the profession.  It is this awareness of taking an idea from his imagination through its physical construction that allows him to design at a multitude of scales.

Ed received his BArch from Arizona State University in 2004 and his MArch degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 2007. He then joined John Ronan Architects in 2007 where he worked on several residential and institutional projects such as the award-winning Gary Comer College Preparatory High School, the South Caicos Master Planning Development, and the Urban Model High Schools.

Ed joined Woodhouse Tinucci in 2008 and has worked on projects such as the University of Illinois at Chicago Daley Library IDEA Commons, which won both the AIA Chicago Distinguished Building and Interior Architecture Awards,  and the University of Chicago Young Memorial Building renovation, which won the AIA Chicago Divine Detail Award. Since 2011, Ed has been the Project Architect on the Northwestern University Sailing Center.  He also has been instrumental in rendering the conceptual designs for the Rosewood Park Beach Renovation, the Burnham Memorial and the Congress Theater renovation.

In 2012, Ed’s entry in the City of Dreams Pavilion competition in New York was shortlisted among hundreds of other architects and displays his exploration into different disciplines and systems of exchange to generate designs that solve problems.

 
 
 

Nathan Bowman, Registered Architect, LEED AP

Originally from coastal Oregon, Nathan seeks inspiration from context, whether its the natural world reminiscent of his home state or the urban fabric of the City he lives in now.  A trained artist and craftsman, he approaches and executes design with the thoughtful precision and hands-on confidence founded in his appreciation of the art of construction. 

At Woodhouse Tinucci Architects, Nathan has worked on a range projects such as The Eastman Egg Company, New Congress Residential Tower in Logan Square, the Rosewood Park Beach Restoration, and continues to hold the reins on projects for the Morton Arboretum. Currently, he is the Project Architect on the MBIRA Technologies corporate interior project and is a key contributor to our competition entries.

Nathan received his BArch degree from Syracuse University School of Architecture in 2007 before moving to Chicago.  Prior to joining Woodhouse Tinucci in 2012, Nathan spent 5 years with Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture working on a multitude of large-scale, international projects.  His work included the design of the shortlisted entrant in the design competition for the 300,000 square foot building for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
 
He has served as a volunteer for the Extension Gallery for Architecture and as a design jury critic at both the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois at Chicago.  From 2010-2012 Nathan was an organizer for the ACE high school student mentoring program.

Nathan furthers his artistic passion through an ongoing postcard creation project where he has fabricated hundreds of postcard-sized collages using found objects he's collected along the way.

 
 
 

Mary Ward, Associate AIA

Mary joined Woodhouse Tinucci Architects in 2013 to pursue her interest in a research-based approach to design where outcomes bear impact on both public life and individual mindset. Drawing on her interest in the dynamic between interior and exterior space, she steered the expansion of Gleacher Center for The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, which recently won an AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Honor Award.  Currently, she is leading the adaptive reuse of Congress Theater--a Landmark in Chicago's Logan Square--into a live music venue and hotel with street-level retail.

Prior to Woodhouse Tinucci, Mary practiced in a full range of disciplines including residential & commercial architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and urban planning, accruing awards for both design and sustainability.  While at Altamanu, she managed the design and delivery of projects for the City of Chicago, Lincoln Park Zoo, Park District of Oak Park and, while at Fraerman Associates Architecture, many residences nationwide and on Chicago's North Shore.

With roots on the east coast, Mary grew up with a keen curiosity of how things work, a passion for the natural world, and a well-tuned aesthetic eye.  After earning a BS from Duke University in Geology, with a concentration in Art History, Mary worked in the fields of marketing and graphic design where she was responsible for strategy, development and delivery of national campaigns for VISA USA, AARP and many major banks.   Later, while earning her MArch from the Illinois Institute of Technology, she was honored with a Distinguished Service Award for her work as a graduate-level Teaching Assistant and continues to assist on design juries.  

Mary now serves on the boards of Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University and the Winnetka Historical Society.  She is an avid traveler, photographer, painter, and mother of two children and a black lab.

 
 
 

Heather LaHood, Registered Architect

Heather’s interests in architecture lie at the intersection of new and old and the potential for new construction to age gracefully over time.  With a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and both a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in History and Theory of Architecture from the University of Washington in Seattle, she joined Woodhouse Tinucci Architects in 2015 to pursue a research-based practice that draws influence from the uniqueness of each site and seeks to provoke a heightened awareness of place and its past. 

While living overseas, Heather studied architecture at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles, UW Rome Center, and at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.  Her graduate thesis research focused on the influence of WWII on European postwar aesthetic theory and proposed strategies for creating sites of remembrance amongst the ruins of military architecture from that era.  Heather’s academic work received several awards, including the UW College of Built Environments Thesis Award and the AIA Henry Adams Certificate.  

A native of Morton, Illinois, Heather began her career in Chicago at VOA where she worked on the renovation of Wrigley Field from schematic design through construction.  At WTa she will continue to exercise her passion for historic landmarks through the adaptive reuse of Congress Theater in Chicago’s Logan Square. Heather is a licensed architect in the state of Illinois.

Outside of practice, Heather participates in architectural education and discourse.  She has held teaching assistantships in architecture design studio, history, and representation, and continues to volunteer as a critic on design juries, mentor students, and write. 

 
 
 

Francisco Alvarez Rincon

Fran joined Woodhouse Tinucci Architects shortly after graduating with a BArch from IIT in 2015.  Venezuelan born, he finds thrives on submerging himself in different cultures.  He grew up in the Canary Islands, Spain where he finished high school and later moved to the US to pursue higher education.  He studied at architecture schools in both Chicago and Paris, experiencing the breath of the built environment and learning from its diversity.  Fran's first experience in the field was in the Dominican Republic, where he joined architect Antonio Imbert from Simples Arquitectura to work on projects of various types and scales including the master planning of a dolphinarium.  Fran has also taken an active role mentoring younger generations while at school. He spent a summer as an instructor at the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy, where he led high school students into becoming analysts and problem solvers through design-thinking workshops and project challenges.  As an IIT College of Architecture Cloud Scholar, he mentored a group of six first-year architecture students and hosted weekly walks around Chicago where he helped them develop methods to articulate architectural ideas both orally and through drawing.  In his free time, Fran enjoys making animation shorts and graphic illustrations.  At the moment he is working on the illustrations for a cookbook of Chicago-inspired recipes that will be published on February 2016.

 
 
 

Christopher Vant Hoff, Registered Architect, LEED AP

Growing up in small town Wisconsin, Chris gained a consciousness of the importance of place, from escaping into Wisconsin’s unique glacial landscapes to cultivating his innate devotion to the state’s sports teams.  The significance of place factors into Chris’ approach to architecure; each project is rooted in research and understanding of its context.  Chris received his BArch in 2006 from Ball State University and, after a 2 year stint at Perkins + Will, returned to graduate school.  He received his MArch with Distinction in 2010 from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.  Prior to joining Woodhouse Tinucci, Chris spent one year at Adjaye Associates in New York and four years at Studio Gang Architects in Chicago, where he worked on a variety of cultural, institutional, and civic projects, including The American Museum of Natural History Gilder Center, the WMS Boathouse at Clark Park, and The University of Chicago Campus North Residence Hall and Dining Commons.  A former construction worker and still an occasional furniture maker, Chris finds ultimate fulfillment in the physical realization of a project.  He enjoys encountering the latest built works through travel both at home and abroad, where the experience of new cities continues to shape his attitudes to architecture.

 
 
 

Taylor Chan, Associate AIA

Originally from Southern California, Taylor joined Woodhouse Tinucci Architects after recently completing her BArch from the Illinois Institute of Technology.  Throughout her academic career, Taylor showed her dedication to the advancement of architectural education and the profession through her involvement in the American Institute of Architecture Students, as a leader on a local and national level, and through her service to the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB), where she has been selected to serve on accreditation teams to Cal Poly Pomona in California and the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. While at IIT, Taylor was also selected to serve as a mentor in the Cloud Scholars Mentorship Program, working to instill first-year students with a sensitivity to site-related issues, an attention to detail, and a better understanding of the rigors of architectural design through site visits, discussions, and drawing.

 
 
 

Evan Forrest, Registered Architect

Raised in a small town in Alabama by a contractor and an art teacher, Evan was influenced at a very early age by the arts and the built environment.  He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Auburn University’s School of Architecture in 2009.  While pursuing his degree he studied abroad in Rome for a semester and was part of Auburn’s Rural Studio Thesis Program.  Along with two teammates he designed and built a skate park funded by the Tony Hawk Foundation.  Prior to joining Woodhouse Tinucci Architects in 2015, Evan was a job captain at Gensler’s Chicago office working on a ground-up corporate headquarters project.  In 2012 he joined 4240 Architecture and was project architect on a corporate office project in South Carolina.  And in 2010 he worked at Wrap Architecture on Revolution Brewing’s Canning Facility in Chicago along with a variety of residential projects. He has served as a design juror at IIT’s College of Architecture and the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Newhouse Architecture & Design Competition.  He has also been a guest instructor at After School Matters Voice of the City program and in 2011 he presented his work at Chicago’s Pecha Kucha Volume 19.  Evan is a licensed architect in the state of Illinois. 

 
 
 

Elliott Riggen

Since Elliott joined Woodhouse Tinucci Architects in the spring of 2014 as an architectural intern before joining the office full time in 2015. He has been an invaluable asset in helping with the documentation of existing conditions of the Congress Theater block.  Originally built in 1926, the Theater block has been designated as a City of Chicago Landmark and is under consideration for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. This complex, aging, multi-building property has required thorough field exploration and code review in preparation of documents to convert it into a live-music venue, with a capacity of 5000, and hotel with street-level hospitality.

In addition, Elliott has been a major force in the execution of Woodhouse Tinucci's new website and has helped prepare construction documents for a number of projects in the office.

Elliott is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology. With his home base in Morrison, Illinois, he previously interned at Straka-Johnson Architects in Dubuque, Iowa where he worked on residential additions, corporate remodels, and church renovations.

He is also a falconeer, or so they say.

 
 
 

Chris Cordell, Registered Architect (IL, AZ)

Chris is a transplant from Phoenix, Arizona, where he previously worked with the firms The Construction Zone and StarkJames in the design-build field. His work in Phoenix included coordinating and building projects with the firms Wendell Burnette Architects, Chen+Suchart Studio, Lake Flato, and Weddle Gilmore. These firms partnered with building professionals like Chris that understood and appreciated the intent of their design and could collaborate to enhance and execute their vision. Chris also helped develop and build one of the first viable multifamily housing in the US built from shipping containers, Containers on Grand.

Chris completed his Bachelor of Science and Design in architecture at Arizona State University in 2007 and a Masters of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2012. At ASU, he graduated top of his class as Distinguished Graduate, and was awarded the Henry Adams Certificate and Masters Project Excellence Award at IIT. He is a registered architect in the State of Arizona and the State of Illinois.

His experience as both a licensed Architect and field Superintendent allows him to work in the design office as well as the construction site, and now build the work of Woodhouse Tinucci Architects through its contracting arm, WoodTin Build.