Franklin Report Report Card for Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects in Chicago
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Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects
1322 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 328-2500
Main Contact: Stuart Cohen, Julie Hacker

Services & Specialties
Custom residential architecture, interior architecture

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A husband-and-wife team, Stuart Cohen and Julie Hacker are said to appreciate not only the aesthetic of building, but also the ergonomics of living. Clients applaud the modern, dramatic play of space and light punctuated by traditional forms and design that incorporates the best of both styles. The firm is also credited with designs that are extensions of their surroundings, whether they are built from the ground up in a natural environment, a major addition to a historic home, or an interior remodeling project. Clients say that instead of eliminating the elements of an existing space, Cohen & Hacker works with the space to improve its aesthetic and function.

Cohen, a professor of architecture at the University of Illinois, Chicago, has been in practice here for more than 25 years and joined by Hacker for 15 of them. Together they head this small firm that specializes in residential architecture on the North Shore with the occasional commission in the city. Prior to opening this firm in 1973, Cohen worked in the offices of such notables as Richard Meier, Phillip Johnson and John Burgee. In keeping with this company of stellar architects, his own firm has gained wide recognition and its work has been published nationally.

Interior designers as well as clients laud the firm for what they call "extraordinary" talent, and enjoy the collaboration. We're told the firm keeps contractors in control with strong direction and brings a sense of proportion to projects while maintaining good working relationships with everyone on the job. Its communication skills are considered excellent, whether talking budget or schedule. Problems, we hear, are resolved quickly and well.

The typical 5,000- to 6,000-square-foot Cohen & Hacker home costs between $200 and $250 per square foot. Fees are based on a sliding scale, dropping after the first $1 million in total job cost. Smaller projects command a more hefty fee, and the smallest are billed on an hourly rate.

Representative Client Comments:
"Stuart loves what he does. I want him on my team.""Whenever there was a glitch, there was always a good resolution.""Budget always becomes an issue, but they were very realistic about it up front...and they were right on the mark.""One of only two architects I'd ever recommend. Stuart is an unmistakable talent?and a good guy to boot.""Stuart has wonderful design sense."

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