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Meet Jereme Smith of DII Architecture in Prospect Heights

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jereme Smith.

Jereme obtained his master’s degree in architecture from the University of Illinois at Champaign, IL. During his tenure, he received two fellowships, & the opportunity to study architecture in Europe for a year.

Prior to founding Design Insight Inc. in 2002, Jereme worked for a variety of prominent firms. Most notably, Kenyon & Associates Architects, Techline Inc, & Osterhaus McCarthy Architects. He’s won many awards including the Chicago ‘Key to the Future’ housing competition, the New York HumanScale office design competition, & the Design Excellence Award; Arlington Heights.

He has been published in various publications like the Sun Times, Chicago Home magazine, & I4 Design. His work has been displayed at the W Hotel through the IDSA, at the Art Museum of Virginia for the C2C eco-home exhibit, & I-space Gallery in Chicago. Smith has his architectural license, as well as architect/engineer and design/builder insurance. DII is also a member of the Association of Licensed Architects(ALA).

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
We’ve had an ebb & flow of project managers, builders, etc. in terms of expanding/contracting as needed for our project loads. We also have part time drafters & back-up general contracting companies to handle busy times. Overall, DII is focused on a steady increase in quantity of projects, but the priority is quality.

One main challenge was in 2009; the recession caught up to us & also coincided with our move to the NW suburbs. Our projects scaled back in frequency & size. This hit our contractors the hardest as I was able to keep design work & some fabrication going.

Since then, we’ve steadily increased our work load & projects north, northwest, & west of the city.

We are excited for the future growth of DII & striving for a better project each opportunity!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Design Insight Inc.(DII) is a design/build architecture firm specializing in custom residential and commercial architecture; plus high-end remodels/renovations. We aim to creatively solve functional needs, while instilling graceful solutions for any project; small to large. DII strives for a honed, mature and warm modern feel. We pride ourselves on high customer care and personal relationships, and try to let the projects speak for themselves. Usually, a sense of highly crafted work emerges, which stems from a smaller scale materials & furniture background. Given the luxury of time, we relish the opportunity to experiment with as many design ideas as possible; ultimately to reach the best solution. This is our passion!

As an architecturally licensed and fully insured company, DII adheres to the highest level of quality standards while working within each project’s budget. We believe that anything is possible and welcome and foster any/all custom challenges. Whenever possible, we also try to incorporate green materials and infuse environmentally conscious design concepts. DII believes that after rigorous due diligence via our design & build phases, the final product will be inventive, highly functional, and hopefully inspire.

Services Provided:
Pre-Design, Schematics, Design Development, Construction Drawings & Documents, Permit Drawings, 3D Renderings, Interior Design, Site Observation, Space Planning, Product Research, Consultations, Construction Management, General Contracting, Custom Carpentry & Fabrication

Areas Served:
Chicago & Northwest, West, & North Suburbs

Certifications and Awards:1
Design Excellence Award, Arlington Heights, 2017
Member of ALA, Association of Licensed Architects
Best of Houzz; 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
People Love You on Yelp Award 2016 (5 Star Rating)
‘A’ rating on Angie’s List
Key to the Future Housing competition winner
HumanScale office design winner

Press:
Licensed Architect Magazine
Chicago Architect Magazine
Daily Herald
Dwell.com
Chicago Home Magazine (2)
Houzz.com
Chicago Tribune
Kitchen & Bath Design News
Buildipedia.com
I4Design Magazine
Sun Times

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Image Credit:
Black Olive Photographic

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