We've kept our office intentionally small, and we believe this benefits our design work and our client service, but there's more to it than just that. As a tightly-knit team, we're all personally invested not just in the success of the firm, but of each other. We dine together and celebrate birthdays as a firm; we know each other's families and enjoy holiday parties as a group; and we sponsor firm trips to broaden our horizons as architects and to work for charitable causes as a team.
We pride ourselves on our ability to communicate and work collaboratively, and this applies to all aspects of our work. Our studio space is open, both literally and in spirit. In our process, each member is not just allowed but expected to contribute creatively to the final design of a project. We share our expertise, and we make a point to each stay apprised of all design projects in the office, so that each project may benefit from our collective knowledge.
Our office is located in Evanston's main street shopping district, just minutes away from two train stations and several bus lines. Many of us live in Chicago, and we prize our connection to the city's neighborhoods and culture, as well as our ability to commute to work via public transportation. The city of Evanston itself is a vibrant community, and our office is located within a short walk from the beach and a wealth of dining and entertaining options.
As architects, we believe that we have a professional responsibility that extends beyond just coming to work and designing buildings. It is also our job to contribute to the architectural profession at large. We do this by staying active in professional and social organizations like the American Institute of Architects and the Arts Club of Chicago, by mentoring young professionals, by continuing to stay active in the academic community, and by speaking and presenting about what we do as architects.
THOMAS SHAFER ARCHITECTS, LLC places a priority on giving back each year through charitable service. We are not content to rest on our successes, and consider it our responsibility to seek out new charitable opportunities. From sponsoring a children's shelter in Arizona to building houses in New Orleans, we have contributed to a number of causes, and consider this one of the true pleasures of our professional endeavor. This is an ongoing element of our firm, and we are always interested in new charitable projects.