Richard Becker AIA, LEED AP BD+C Prior work experience includes Skidmore Owings and Merrill (NYC). He and wife Nancy established Becker Architects in New York in 1982. Richard is a third generation architect raised in Bethesda, Maryland and attended Syracuse University (B.Arch. 1979). Past public service includes the Highland Park Zoning Board of Appeals (2000-2008) and Highland Park Historic Preservation Commission (1994-2000). Richard currently serves on Oversight for School District 113 improvements to Highland Park and Deerfield High Schools. In 2015 Richard was named to Build Direct's 15 Best Architects in Chicago list. Richard serves on several not-for-profit boards including CAMERA and StandWithUs. Richard blogs news content as ArchitectGuy on Israel, the Mideast +Politics.
Nancy Becker AIA Prior work experience at Skidmore Owings and Merrill (Chicago) and RBS+D (NYC). Nancy was raised in Highland Park and majored in French at Bryn Mawr College prior to her architectural studies at Syracuse University (B.Arch 1979). Public service includes architecture programming for Highland Park High School Focus on the Arts, Highland Park Historic Preservation Commission (2012 to present) and past volunteer art teacher in School District 112. Nancy serves on several not-for-profit boards including The Art Center of Highland Park and Board of Directors of North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, recently serving as their Vice President of Education. Nancy and Richard have raised five amazing children.
Jack Becker (Design Counsel) is co-founder and principal of Becker Linn Design, an architectural design studio based in Washington, DC working at the intersection of historic preservation, development and construction. Raised in Highland Park, Jack earned his B.Arch at Cornell University and a Masters of Urban Design at Harvard GSD.
Gina Charo Gina has fourteen years prior work experience, primarily in residential and commercial architecture. Gina attended the College of Lake County (A.A.) and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (B.S. School of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2006).
Emil Gjorgioski (Intern) Emil has prior work experience in the furniture industry at Z Gallerie and Restoration Hardware. He is working towards a degree in Interior Architecture + Design (2019) at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design with plans to pursue a career in residential architecture. Emil is active in the ASID student chapter at MIAD.
Kim Jischke Kim has twenty plus years of prior work experience at Frontier Soups, the former First National Bank of Highland Park, Crate and Barrel and the Lake Forest Chamber of Commerce. Born in Chicago, Kim was raised in Lake Forest. She attended Northern Illinois and Lake Forest College. Her interests include canoeing, gardening, tennis, biking, walking for charity and taking care of her grandchildren. She is married to Dr John Jischke and they have three grown children and five grandchildren.
David Olufs David has over 35 years of commercial, industrial and residential experience. David has particular expertise in auto dealership design having designed dozens of dealerships in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas since the 1990's, many in association with Becker Architects. David was raised in Lake Bluff and attended Luther College (Iowa), Hillsborough College and University of South Florida. David is married to Bradley Nevins Olufs and they have two daughters and multiple grandchildren.