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Craig & Co.

4 East Ohio, Suite 10
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 321-7400
www.craigandco.com
info@craigandco.com
Main Contact: Kevin Lichten, Joan Craig
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Interior Designers & Decorators

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High-end residential architecture and interior design

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Classic style, strong standards and a personable approach are the qualities most often used to describe Lichten Craig Architects. Headed by Kevin Lichten and Joan Craig, the firm creates designs known for traditional detail and regularly handles Park Avenue apartments, historic townhouses and suburban country homes. Many clients also use Joan Craig for interior design. Lichten Craig is highly recommended by clients for clear design vision that combines comfort, function and elegance. References describe the team as very willing and able to accommodate clients' interests and style preferences. After experiencing extraordinary growth in 2002 and 2003, Lichten Craig has opened a second office in Chicago, headed by Craig and offering both architecture and interior design services. Due to the relatively close proximity, both principals will continue to collaborate for major projects.

The principals previously practiced separately for over a decade, joining forces in 1995. Lichten holds a BA from Brown and a Master of Architecture from Yale, and he practiced with both Edward Larrabee Barnes and Fox & Fowle. Craig holds a BA from Wesleyan and a Master of Architecture from Princeton. She practiced with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill as well as Buttrick, White & Burtis. Most clients are located in and around New York City with other recent projects in New Mexico, Brazil and New England.

Lichten Craig's projects usually entail substantial renovations and new construction, but the firm is also willing to undertake smaller projects. References say that the principals are readily available and that the support staff is helpful. The firm also receives high marks for understanding family living and working well with contractors. The practice charges standard architectural percentage rates or a fixed fee. Interior design is done on a standard hourly basis with net pricing, or on cost plus.

Representative Client Comments:
"They inherently understand a classic updated vision with a sense of fun balanced with a sense of propriety." "A talented and dedicated team of architects and designers." "A great one-stop shop for all our renovation needs." "They developed a cohesive vision for our international-style townhouse." "They are very precise and very meticulous, and sometimes need encouragement to move onto the next issue." "They were more disciplined on budget than we were." "The can be quite focused and polished." "Joan carefully listened to my ideas, then came up with creative solutions beyond my initial thoughts."

 
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