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Arlene Warda Architect

Oak Park, Illinois, Cook

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We offer creative and helpful solutions to have a design which brings beauty and living together. We believe good design is affordable, and clients programs are very important. We take time to listen to an owners unique requirements. We work with owner's specialists in different team settings.

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30 December 2020

We reached out to Arlene with adding to our home. We looking to add a large master bedroom and bath addition. With our growing family the current
family bath no longer met our needs. Our new master bedroom plan and new master bath with walk in closets looks beautiful.

Arlene was helpful and friendly. The plans are now complete. We heard from Arlene and plans were presented timely and within our schedule. This firm is very prompt.

We are excited and looking forward to our addition!

I will update the post once the job is completed:)

-Tamara L.
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3 January 2020

We have been working for the past year on our highly anticipated project with Arlene!

The project is a house we now have is a 1960's one story midcentury home with a carport.

Our project is a new carport and front exterior and front entry makeover with driveway and
some landscaping.

The solutions presentated were beautiful,and a great change and brings our house into the present.

The new front and carport design are really a change and a major improvement.

All our designs were delivered in a timely fashion. Arlene was responsive to all our questions by phone and by email. She has been friendly and fun to work with.

Our designs look great! We look forward to seeing this long awaited project for a final installation for next year
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1 January 2020

We have been working on our two story greystone two flat into single family residence for the past year on our project with Arlene!

The project especially the new design of the new kitchen is the project we've always dreamed of. We now have a large open plan living and dining room and in-laws suite on the first floor.

The master suite and bath are exactly as we wanted. She was able to work with us and our sketches and our ideas.

The design plans were beautiful, and nothing as far as space was taken for granted. All spaces we wanted were addressed. It brings a great change to the property and into the present.

Arlene was responsive to all our questions by phone and by email. She remains friendly and easy to work with.

We look forward to seeing this long awaited project for a final installation for next year!
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11 March 2019


Since I met Arlene Warda in 1999, she has consistently produced sophisticated designs in a simple, coherent, and elegant form. Over the twenty-two years, Arlene's designs have always stood out among others as a great value. I highly recommend Arlene for her skill, clarity, and ability to produce tasteful and aesthetic designs which her customers enjoy.

Rob P
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6 March 2019

In the past I have done several rehab projects on the south-east side of Chicago, and in the South Shore area. Arlene Warda has very professionally helped me get through some of the pre-construction process headaches when it comes to architectural specs, permitting, and City zoning issues. A good long standing business relationship_ 2018 & 2019 has been no different.

Whether large or small projects, Arlene always seems to be attentive and responsive to customer needs!...
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28 February 2019

Our construction firm has been creating commercial, residential and institutional projects in Chicagoland for many years.
Ms. Warda has provided our firm with multiple opportunities to develop her Architectural concepts into constructed realities for the Client. In each and every case; a very pleased and excited client!
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21 February 2019


We have a small house in Riverside. It is about 1,000 sf. It is a split level modern house built in the 1950's. We wanted an open plan concept with a cathedral ceiling. We removed wall to new ceiling, creating an upstairs loft. The project was completed in 2001.We have lived in it for 11 years!

We love the plan and the cathedral ceiling 16' high. Our room is now open 20'x24', with new skylights above the living room.

Arlene was a terrific help. We got our plans on time during the design phase, and got our permits without any new work or any changes to our design. We have enjoyed our redesigned home for the past 11 years and would definitely recommend Arlene to our friends!
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13 December 2018

Arlene is extremely detail-oriented and passionate about her work and producing a great outcome for the client. Her responsiveness is incredible. After our first meeting, which was midweek, she had initial drawings early the following week. She put in substantial hours over the weekend (and many other weekends). She was always willing to make revisions as the project evolved and was happy to draw up many different designs to we could picture what the project final would look like. She was full of excellent ideas that we would never have thought of on our own. I highly recommend Arlene. Five Stars. More...

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16 May 2018

Arlene completed a design for a deck on our house in Wilmette. The drawings appear to be high quality. Our contractor was able to use them to bid. We correspond on and receive responses within a day with regard to our project." More...

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2 January 2018

In the past I have done several rehab projects on the south-east side of Chicago, and in the South Shore area. Miss Arlene Warda as very professionally helped me get through some of the pre-construction process headaches when it comes to architectural specs, permitting, and City zoning issues. A good long standing business relationship_ & 2017 has been no different.

Whether large or small projects, Arlene always seems to be attentive and responsive to customer needs!...
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27 December 2016

Our construction firm has been creating commercial, residential and institutional projects in Chicagoland for many years.

Ms. Warda has provided our firm with multiple opportunities to develop her Architectural concepts into constructed realities for the Client. In each and every case; a very pleased and excited client.
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16 January 2016

I am an attorney in private practice in Park Ridge and had a client who had to complete a project redo in the city to bring the project in line with all the appropriate zoning/building codes. It had become clear to me that an architect was needed to oversee this job. I found Arlene's website and she seemed perfect for the job. Arlene not only personally answered the call late on a friday but gave my client and I a wonderful consultation understanding immediately that time was of the essence and immediately showed an excellant understanding of the labyrinth of the permit process and knowledge of the entire Chicago building code. We sent Arlene client's preliminary drawings and within two days, Arlene had a complete and thorough proposal that was excellant. Arlene kept client and my office posted throughout the entire process and simply has excellant communication skills and ethics. She was also very reasonable and willing to work within Client's constraints. Arlene took care of everything! And displayed consummate professionalism throughout. I highly recommend Arlene for anyone contemplating a project who wants someone who will take care of every detail and is a pleasure to work with. More...

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14 January 2016

We have received her design plans and permit drawings
from Arlene..

The owner's loved the design and were impressed in

the fast turnaround. The work level and design were
more than anticipated. The intelligence and hard work
is there!

Her communication and design are very good and
very good for us as contractors to read.
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14 January 2016

Arlene designed a beautiful well thought out addition to my home. I was very impressed with her attention to detail and my wishes to stay on budget. I highly recommended her and her team and will be calling on her for future projects. More...

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11 January 2016

Since I met Arlene Warda in 1999, she has consistently produced elegant and sophisticated designs in a simple, coherent, and detailed form. Over the twenty-two years I have been a general contractor, Arlene's designs have always stood out as a great value. I highly recommend Arlene for her skill, clarity, and ability to produce excellent designs for any size project.

Robert, iRenovate Inc
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31 December 2014

irst of all I would like to say I (love and admire) Arlene's work.

Very impressive!

I have had a building, I own as an investment property. 4 units
and I live in one.

I have interest in art, and design.

For our building, we had previous zoning and permit issues we
inheirited from the previous owner. Our apartments were never permitted.

It seemed like an awesome undertaking. I then hired Arlene recently
this fall 2014 and we got a proposal within a day or so of the call.
The price was right, plus we needed help immediately!

We definately had a deadline to convert our units for the City.

The plans after they were measured by Arlene and her team were
available in 1 week. All the floors were done. We got help filling
out our permit and E-plan, the city filing system for permit.
We got help with the zoning and paying the zoning fee. Everything
was document and we even got receipt from Arlene to confirm
all upload had been done.

The plans for the building are beautiful! More important they
are on time! We met our deadline and now are ok with the City.

Arlene was friendly, professional and easy to work with! I already
recommended her to a friend! and I would highly, highly recommend
her to others and any and all of our friends!!


Vincent G.
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30 December 2014

I have really liked working with Arlene!

We have a house in Oak Park. The back of our house needed work, deck
was old and needed a full rebuild. Although we had architectural plans already done, they needed updating.

We love Arlene's new plans. The design has new elements, yet we kept the same
target budget and were consistent with design.

She has always promptly responded with her phone
calls, and emails, usually within one day, or the next day. Always friendly and
helpful! She will go to any extent to help us both with understanding design and
also filing for our Village of Oak Park permits.

We look forward to our project finishing and look forward to recommending
Arlene for future projects!
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30 December 2014

Arlene Warda, was very helpful and very professional. She guided me thought the entire project and crossed all Tee and dotted all I's. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing a Architect. More...

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10 February 2014

I am excited to work on a new house with Arlene. It is
in the South Pacific region!.

I have lived in several countries around the world, and now I live in Seoul, Korea; I am glad to finally start this project!

I have seen Arlene’s work and am happy and surprised to
see Arlene’s projects, after knowing her for 40+ years. We
both lived overseas, and met in Beirut, Lebanon, while living
and attending overseas schools, in childhood. After 40+ years
we just became reacquainted. Arlene’s work and contributions
are creative and amazing and her talent is extraordinaire!
She maintains a friendly, positive and fun outlook on all her
Projects. We talk often! And about this project!

I already bought the lot, and own a piece of land we will be working on, And are making plans for pre-site preparation and provisions
The pictures of the lot are attached.
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15 November 2013

I worked on projects recently and in 2013 with Arlene on our downtown housing projects including renovations for investment over the last 5 years. Other projects are in neighborhoods,
such as Wicker Park, Humboldt Park, Logan Square, and north Chicago neighborhood
areas.

I am an urban planner by trade and education, and have also worked for
City of Chicago, Deming, New Mexico and Arlington, Texas. I currently run my own planning and development consulting firm Orozco Consultant Services (OCS) and I am Director of Business Development for Raw Energy Materials, Corp dedicated to provide alternative and sustainable solutions and products to urban infrastructure www.newrebar.com.

Education: Masters Degree, Urban Planning & Policy, University of Illinois – Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Arts, Economics & Business Law, Northeastern University – Chicago, IL

Certifications:Economic Development Leadership, City of Chicago; Leadership and Effective Presentation Skills (Institute and Employee Development Center, City of Chicago); Web-GIS (Geographic Information Systems); ArcGIS; Mapinfo: Citywide Infrastructure Management Systems (CWIMS)

Experience: More than fifteen-years of urban planning, policy, economic development and political lobbying experience in Chicago, Washington, DC, New Mexico, Texas, and Latin America. Worked with government agencies, developers, businesses, community organizations and elected officials on urban and regional issues Helped forge and promote economic development and cross-cultural relations between the US and Mexico.

I am very happy with the work Arlene has done over 5 years, and pleased with her response of
schedule, and work in items submitted to the City of Chicago. Our projects are now finalized
and we are now going to start new projects!

Alex Orozco
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27 August 2013

I had the opportunity to work with Arlene on our much anticipated and
exciting downtown house project, a renovation for investment.

The project near west side in Bucktown, was a turn-century-of-century
brick two flat. It has a full two story coach house in the back.

The project in it current state needed to be converted to our modern style.
a complete open plan, for living, dining, kitchen, new baths throughout,
as well as complete 3rd story addition on top and front facade with modern new look. This had to face the newly renovated coachhouse, apartment and downtown city backyard.

The project and plans were done in a week's time! and plans were
beyond our expectations for developing and selling the property.

We like Arlene's working style, which inspires us with new ideas yet
takes in all our list, our journal, and our comments for the project into consideration, all in the same project.

We like prompt, fast service!. and we got it!.. All with all our responses
delivered in a turn in a quick turnaround basis!

We thought the design had great value and we hope to keep working with
Arlene, on our downtown, modern inspired style, downtown city projects!
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2 May 2013

My fiance & I have lived in a little old Cape Cod on Chicago's Northwest Side for 11 years. We had outgrown our house & were trying to decide whether to move or do something with the existing house. We had been out looking at many houses, but just couldn't find something that beat our current location. We also had looked over many house plans & couldn't find something to fit our narrow lot. We chose to consult with an Architect to see what the possibilites would be to add on & rework our existing space. We hired Arlene Warda based on pictures of her work that we had seen. Having a vintage Cape Cod we knew she was the right choice with her experience in transforming little old houses into spectacular living spaces. What Arlene came up with based on our preferences was a transformation of the existing house into a French Country Cottage. Arlene was very knowledgable of zoning regulations in our area & was able to come up with a design that met our needs functionally as well as being aesthetically pleasing. Her attention to detail was outstanding. My fiance had specific materials in mind for the project & she was able to answer all of our questions or put us in touch with contractors who could. Arlene is capable in all aspects of the design process from the new exterior all the way down to helping with interior selections. The design that she came up with was completely custom to fit our lifestyle & needs. Ultimately we decided to move so that we could have more land rather than go through with the construction project & we are definately keeping Arlene Warda in mind for any future housing projects. It was a great experience to see what the possibilities would have been for a renovation. More...

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31 December 2012

We have a residential project done, our own house, done in the city.. last year in 2012, we have had Arlene working with us and known her work product for 6 years! Our favorite magazines, subscriptions are Elle Decor, House Beautiful! and collected other clippings on the way...ready for
for our own home. We were open to Arlene's ideas in addition to
our inspriations!...We were wowed by it her presentation of our
new house and floor plans, and her inspirational detail! ...Our design
is beautiful! one of a kind. We think it is beyond compare! Also a careful attention to budget was made. We got an estimate from our builder, everything worked out and was consiouncious to our budget, with very little change!...We love living in our new home!...

We also have investment properties, old homes with Arlene now completed. We have used other architects in the past, but plan to stay working with Arlene for her exceptional work quality. She inspires us with bringing her work quality, fresh ideas to each and every quality project with an exceptional on time turnaround!....
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31 May 2012

We have worked together with Arlene since 2006, six years now. I liked the way everything on our project, (our 3 flat investment Wicker Park renovation and a new single family house, new construction, design on the North Side, Chicago) They were presented with fresh and current ideas. We had open communication and presentation of ideas and our inspiration plans, photos. We like modern inspired designs. We were keeped informed of project, in terms of price, quality and materials. Options, creativity are most important to us. We plan to give her our next projects after this! More...

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20 May 2012

We have spent three years designing our backyard façade porch project design with Arlene. I am a designer, interior designer and stage set designer by occupation, so I came with my own ideas, sketches and computer dwg. ’s. We have collaborated and Arlene who assisted us on design and City of Chicago codes from the preliminaries.

We have been very happy and delighted with the work! Our design Is one of a kind, creative and suits the house, and existing two story Victorian in Edgewater. We love it, love it, love it! It is both made for our outdoor entertaining, dining, cooking and exiting needs. The way everything on our project was presented fresh and current with ideas, and fits smoothly with our house.

After 3 years new buyers came when our house went it was for sale and thought the house was exactly what they wanted with the new backyard façade porch idea. It really sold our house! We had open communication and presentation of ideas and were keep informed of project, in terms of price, quality and materials. We plan to give her our next house project we are purchasing after this!
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8 May 2012

We have worked with Arlene as our architect since 2004.
8 years. She has done several buildings with us. We are
happy with the high quality work.

We started with a three story existing building project renovation which is a turn-of-the-century brick walkup as investment project.

We planned converting it to condo units, with modern
amenities, and have worked on the project with Arlene for
the last three years, and have been happy with our project
and design. We updated the kitchens, baths,
and mechanical. And opened walls in each level. We had chosen a contractor before hand, as summer approached we where on a strict time schedule, for preparations to present a and sell our property.

The plans were presented timely, and we got our permit
dwg.’s within two weeks after we approved the design with
Arlene.

This was enough time to get it to permit and
Construction phase for the summer. We have plans
for future investment properties after this and more
renovating, and like our relationship with Arlene.
We plan to use her again to design new projects
for us after this!
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24 March 2012

We have a small house in Riverside. It is about 1,000 sf. It is a split level modern house built in the 1950's. We wanted an open plan concept with a cathedral ceiling. We removed wall to new ceiling, creating an upstairs loft. The project was completed in 2001.We have lived in it for 11 years!

We love the plan and the cathedral ceiling 16' high. Our room is now open 20'x24', with new skylights above the living room.

Arlene was a terrific help. We got our plans on time during the design phase, and got our permits without any new work or any changes to our design. We have enjoyed our redesigned home for the past 11 years and would definitely recommend Arlene to our friends!

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Q&As

We deliver quality work at an affordable price.
It has been my dream since I was a child. This is much more than a job, I love what I do.

Always have love and been inspired by the design and construction industry. My dream since childhood.

Yes, we are available for remote meetings by Zoom
and other online resources.

We follow cdc gudelines:
including wearing masks at all locations, and practicing social distancing

Services

We offer full services as an architectural firm. From intial existing plans documentation, to Schematic Design and bid estimating drawings, to full permit drawings, and site documents. We are a full service firm.