About

WHAT WE DO:  Doyle & Associates (D&A) is an Architecture, Planning, and Interiors firm specializing in in the restoration, renovation, adaptive reuse, and/or additions to existing and historic buildings. We also have extensive feasibility study, and master planning experience.

Over 90% of our work is for public sector clients in occupied buildings of specialized use. Project budgets typically range from $1M - $15M. Project types include a broad range of academic interior renovation, exterior envelop restoration, ADA accessibility, office and conference interiors, laboratories, furniture packages and general capital improvements.

Over 90% of our work is for repeat clients. These clients include the University of Illinois, Lincoln Park Zoo, The University of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools and the Capital Development Board.

We also provide architectural sub-consultant services to engineering firms and design build teams. We are WBE and DBE certified and routinely team on projects statewide.

WHO WE ARE: D&A was founded over 35 years ago by Deborah Doyle who has been joined by principals James Cooper, AIA and Carl Hunter, AIA. All three work collaboratively with both the staff and engineering team. The main goal is to produce quality projects that creatively respond to the client’s budget, program, and schedule. Owner satisfaction is always the primary objective.

Deborah DoyleDeborah Doyle, AIA
•    Managing Architect
•    Responsible for Project Management & Administration

Deborah is responsible for the management and administration of the firm and takes a leadership role in each project for all phases leading up to construction documents.

Her past presidencies of the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, The Chicago Architectural Club, and the Architecture and Design Society of the Art Institute attest to not only her management and leadership skills, but also to her stature within the profession.

Her work is in the permanent collection of the Art Institute and has also been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, MOMA, the Walker Art Center, the Museo di Castelvecchio, the Pompidou Center, the Kimball Museum, and the Chicago Historical Society.

Prior to establishing her own practice, she was an Associate at Stanley Tigerman & Associates, then a visiting Partner at Reichen et Robert in Paris; both award winning firms. Deborah also served as an adjunct professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago for over a decade. She has a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Illinois Institute of Technology with Honors, and a Graduate Diploma with High Honors from the Architectural Association of London.

Deborah is also known for her love of water. D&A’s offices are in River City and Deborah has residences overlooking both Lake Michigan and the Gulf of Mexico.

James CooperJames Cooper, AIA
•    Project Architect and Manager
•    Responsible for Construction Documents & Project Management
•    Expertise in integrated technology systems & design software

James is known for his due diligence, problem solving, accuracy and perpetual calmness. Clients frequently commend him for the quality of work done under his direction. James takes over the leadership for each project during the construction document phase and sees each project through construction and closeout. Every year, James oversees approximately 25M construction spread over as many as 8 projects from inception through project closeout.

James joined D&A in 2004. He has both his Masters and Bachelor degrees in Architecture from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His prior working experience was with Perlman Architects also in Nevada.

James is a transplant from Barstow, CA and is an ardent Cubs fan.

Carl HunterCarl Hunter, AIA
•    Quality Assurance & Quality Control
•    Of Counsel

Carl researches and analyses existing drawings to understand the original construction of the existing buildings we work on. He also reviews project documentation as part of the firm’s QA/QC process. He serves as a valuable resource for historic construction methodologies.

Carl joined the firm in 1992 after having been a design principal at Jack Train, Ellerbee Becket, Bobrow Thomas, and the Jerde Partnership. He brings “large firm” expertise and oversight not typically found in smaller boutique firms like D&A. He also brings extensive and prestigious restoration experience to the firm: he won a national AIA award as co-author for the Plan for the Restoration and Adaptive Use of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio.

In addition to this national award, Carl’s design work first received a Progressive Architecture Award for his underground Student Union Building in Des Moines, Iowa from there he went on to receive 14 local, state and regional awards for his work at other firms.

Carl began his career in London working for both Sir Hugh Cassen and later Erno Goldfinger. He studied architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology and received his architectural degree from Iowa State University.

Jack Hartray once stated that “Carl Hunter is an architect in the broadest, historic sense of the word…. He is the quintessential architect.”  Perhaps this explains why Carl named his two dachshunds Scarpa and LeDoux.
















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